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Turku, Finland – Scenes from a Summer Day

During my trip to Finland, I gave Turku too little time. I even stowed my big SLR camera, relying instead on a little point-and-shoot to give some impressions. If I go again, Turku gets more time … even at Helsinki’s expense. It’s a compact, walkable city – and warmer than anywhere else I’ve been in the Nordic countries.

The Aura River makes it scenic … you’ll find paths on both sides of the river (in many places). It’s an easy way to find restaurants, museums and parks.

A cool bit of public art in the Aura River.

A cool bit of public art in the Aura River.

A power plant in Turku, Finland ... a high point in the city skyline.

A power plant in Turku, Finland … a high point in the city skyline.

Certain parts of Ruis Salo and Turku aren't very pretty. Like the trash no man's land at Ruisrock.

Certain parts of Ruis Salo and Turku aren’t very pretty. Like the trash no man’s land at Ruisrock.

If you're going to the Ruisrock festival, get their by bicycle. It beats a bus any time.

If you’re going to the Ruisrock festival, get their by bicycle. It beats a bus any time.

The final steps of the path that leads to the Ruisrock festival.

The final steps of the path that leads to the Ruisrock festival.

A ship-turned-restaurant (or ravintola in Finnish) on the Aura River in Turku, Finland.

A ship-turned-restaurant (or ravintola in Finnish) on the Aura River in Turku, Finland.

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Crews set up the stage for a show at Ruisrock 2012.

Strolling along the Aura River in Turku, Finland.

Strolling along the Aura River in Turku, Finland.

Boats along the Aura River in Turku, Finland

Boats along the Aura River in Turku, Finland

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Under a shady sidewalk in Turku.

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A ship at the Forum Marinum museum.

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A cool little boat on the Aura River.

A car used for rescuing people from icy areas (at the Forum Marinum museum).

A car used for rescuing people from icy areas (at the Forum Marinum museum).

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