Did I mention that Pittsburgh is a city of beautiful views?
There’s inclines, hills, city, woods, railroads, boats, and rivers. A great combination.
After Mirabellgarten, we headed towards the river. Salzburg is one of those cities that is just so picturesque, especially by the water.
Müllner Steg is one of the bridges along the river. It’s a popular destination as it gives the best view of old town Salzburg across the river.
What’s a trip to an old city without a picture of a church?
But for now, enjoy the view. It’s amazing.
Of course when you visit Porvoo, the sites along the river are a must see.
Every view you see is fantastic.
And of course, the red warehouses along the river are magnificent.
These are the buildings that everyone pictures when they think of Porvoo.
And for good reason. The contrast in color is almost like a man-made version of fall leaves with the deep reds contrasting the yellow and other color homes behind them.
Good bye Porvoo, we loved visiting!
Up next for our travel posts – Tallinn, Estonia!
As you walk through Porvoo, you realize a few things. First, the town is absolutely beautiful, regardless of the weather.
Second, you can’t help but come to the river. It’s unavoidable – everything comes together at the river and with good reasons. Historically rivers have been the life of towns. This is certainly true of Porvoo.
Water is essential for life. This is certainly true for people and other living creatures, but I would argue that water is also essential for cultural life as well. It’s a gathering point and it has a leveling effect.
Doesn’t that just look like a post card? Imagine that picture without the water? It’s just not the same and not as beautiful, is it?
When we crossed the river, we found something else – our connection to nature.
Kids and trees – a match made in heaven. Boy, if this tree could talk, I can only imagine the stories it would be able to tell.
After we saw the beautiful sculptures along the paths of Porvoo, we made our way to the Cathedral in the middle of old town Porvoo. The Cathedral is big, but not too big. It’s beautiful, but not like The Vatican beautiful, and it’s old, but not like Monty Python imagery of old cathedrals.
I would call the cathedral quaint.
This was another tower next to the cathedral and the red building is the parish hall – obviously a newer structure. When we were there, it was the one of the weeks of church elections that were going on so, there was more activity in the parish hall than normal. Church elections are a big deal in Finland and done a bit differently than in the US – but that’s for another post sometime.
When you stand near the cathedral and look out towards the Porvoo river, you are treated with this view…
Next up – we venture inside the cathedral for several posts. Being a seminarian, I can’t help doing multiple posts on this – there’s a ton inside the building to highlight and it would be too much for just one post.
I want to invite us to pray together this Lent.
What do I see in the world?
God is good all the time
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