Today I start posting the next travel series here on the blog – our trip to Porvoo, Finland in November. This was a day trip – so we jammed in as much as possible in course of about 12 hours. We went on Father’s Day here in Finland, so that means a lot of places were closed, but that didn’t stop us – we had a great time.
We took the bus from Helsinki to Porvoo – a nice hour to an hour and a half trip. When we got off the bus we headed towards the river. Our first stop – to see the Runeberg statue:
Johan Runeberg is a significant figure in Finnish history. He lived in the 1800’s when Finland was a Grand Duchy of Russia, is still considered the national poet, and wrote in Swedish. He lived and taught in Porvoo. (You’ll see his house in a later post.). He is famous for writing one of Finland’s greatest epic poems and his first poem became the Finnish National Anthem – pretty impressive if you ask me. There’s a street among other things named after him in Helsinki too.
After visiting with Johan for a bit, we moved down to the river.
After we walked along the river, we went over to old town Porvoo. Old town Porvoo really has an old town feel.
Next up – some candy, and sites.