Sunday, February 3, 2013
Goodbye January! I won't miss you a bit. The almost daily doctors appointments, dark days without sun, the ice storm, strep throat, ER, MRI, gray and black snow, do not make me long for you. January I bid thee farewell and say..GOOD RIDDANCE!
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Sunday, August 12, 2012
While in the city of Hämeenlinna, we went to the birth house of Jean Sibelius. It really is a simple museum--he was not born into wealth. His father was a doctor, but died when Jean was very young. The family was then forced to leave that home and move in with his maternal grandmother. Jean was originally discouraged by his family to pursue a musical career (i.e. find a career that pays!!), but they changed their minds and supported him as he showed such promise. It was inspiring to see one of his pianos with the Finlandia score perched on it, while his beautiful music played in the background. The guide even let our family tinker on the grand piano that was set up for concerts in the living room. I plunked out the right hand of Be Still My Soul--but wished that my more talented cousins could have been there in my stead!
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I don't know why, but I have always been fascinated with moats. When I found out that Finland had several castles I was determined that we visit one. I was ecstatic to see the moat--though it didn't seem all that forbidding with the seemingly shallow water and ducks floating by. The Häme castle in Hämeenlinna was, well, awesome. It was probably first constructed in the 14th century. It was a very beautiful red brick structure as you can see. I hadn't ever imagined red brick castles--but it is a sight to see against the blue sky. It did conjure up images from Ranger's Apprentice!
|Door to King's room as seen from inside the courtyard|
|Two cute page boys|
|Super steep stairs--can you imagine running up and down these without a light helping you to see?|
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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Our modes of transportation in Finland were widely different from our SUV at home. It was boy heaven--we rode trains, ferry boats, sailboats, buses, and planes. It was all fun for us--but I did have a big smile on my face when I hopped in my own car the first day back to go to Wal-Mart.
|Traffic Park in Finland----super duper fun--and one of the only free activities we found. We went back several times!|
|Sailing with Spencer's colleague Hekke|
|Ferry boat to Vikinsaari--An island 20 minutes away by boat with beaches, mini golf and nature trails in the forest.|
|I love this train!|
|We flagged down buses like this almost daily. Here, we are on our way home from church.|
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Friday, July 20, 2012
|I don't know the significance of young boys helping an angel--but I know some mighty fine cub scouts that showed considerable kindness yesterday at day camp.|
|The guide explained that the garland represents the burdens that we carry in this world--and each boy chooses to carry his responsibilities in a unique way. There were twelve boys around the room--but she did not know why they were all naked.|
|We enjoyed a couple of organ concerts--WOW! The sound was incredible. Unfortunately, we will always remember the organ concert which ended with a sprained ankle.|
|Greek Orthodox church|
|Inside the Greek Orthodox church--the whole place glittered in gold.|
|Helsinki Lutheran church|
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
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