Kiss my Turku
|St. Henry's Ecumenical Art Chapel|
The architect, Matti Sanaksenaho, wanted to incorporate three symbols in his design. One of them is light, in this case, the idea of "the path from darkness to light". The visitor emerges from the shadows at the entrance and is led toward the light at the altar under exquisitely arched Finnish timber.
|Art Chapel exterior|
Religious services are held in the chapel as are weddings, concerts, poetry readings and art and architecture exhibitions.
Take Bus 54 (which runs approximately every 30 minutes during the summer) from Kauppatori. The bus stop in Hirvensalo is at the Chapel's parking lot.
One of the most pleasurable times I had in Turku was walking along the tree-lined riverbank.
|Turku City Library|
Bright as the sun, these city bikes are convenient alternatives for exploring Turku. They are parked in several locations around town. The bicycles above are in front of the library, a short distance from Turku Cathedral. The library offers architecture, art and cultural history tours and wireless connection, among other services.
Turku Castle also served as a prison at one time. Here's an original "hole in the wall" used by prisoners.
|Renaissance Chapel, Turku Castle|
Take Bus 1 from Kauppatori to Turku Castle.
Kiss my Turku is the tourism slogan of Turku. It could be misconstrued as irreverent. It's definitely catchy and amusing. And according to turku.fi, the city of Turku's website, Turku "has that certain something". I concur.
How to get to Turku:
Take the train from Helsinki Central Station. It's a two-hour ride. Fares vary depending on day and time of departure. There is a discount for seniors who are at least 65 years of age.
How to get around:
The Föli Bus system in Turku is efficient and you can pay the driver in cash for a single ticket which is good for 2 hours travel or use a travel card. (The fare was 3 euros during my visit in June 2018.) Many buses leave from and terminate at the Market Square in the city center. For schedules and routes, check foli.fi.
Where to stay:
Ursininkatu 15 A
This is a religious house offering rooms with ensuite bathroom. it is conveniently located 300 meters from the train station and close to bus routes and the city center. I would recommend this hotel to single women travelers and for those who are traveling on a budget. My room rate in June 2018 was 45 euros/day, breakfast included.
Where to eat:
Woolshed Bar and Kitchen
Their lobster tail with mixed vegetables was worth the 28-euro price
Kitchen & Café, Stockmann Dept. Store
Turku Market Hall
This elegant food hall dates back to 1896. There are many choices here for fresh catch or seafood, meats and cheese, sandwiches or cakes and pastries.
Images by TravelswithCharie