I will be really brief when it comes to telling you about Naantali, a traditional spa-town close to Turku. It is what a spa-town should be like – cosy, small, touristy and close to the water. Nowadays most tourists come to Naantali to take either a fake steam-boat cruise or go to the Moomin theme park. We were not interested in either, just walked around and visited the tiny and somehow unimpressive museum.
But Naantali, that is off-white, lace and beige. Wood and cobble stones. Sea and ice-cream.
And then I HAD to go and visit the Härmälä gorge, ie. a big crack in rock. It was great to walk/crawl through it, but impossible to take decent pictures due to an impossible angle – camera lens combination. If you want to know more, take a peek here. I would definitely recommend to visit if you are around Turku, and please do so during some unpopular times as the crack might get crowded during summer weekends (and totally empty in winter). Mass tourism, hey.
Ha! So this is where the people of Helsinki were this evening: at Hernesaari! Helsinki’s design public sauna (and a fancy bar) known as Löyly (“steam”) opened the other day. Check out the link, when we stopped by it was hopelessly occupied by young crowds and therefore impossible to get a decent picture of the whole structure. It smelled… it smelled like holidays. Think wood, tar and sea.
Quite a difference to when I last visited, or? 😉
Tonight you fill probably come across countless selfies and #loyly-hashtags… well, in a few weeks the novelty shall wear off and I shall return there. And maybe try out the sauna.
… and a personal touch to the blog: I had a nasty migraine today again. As a consequence I hyped up in the evening and tried to make up for the unfortunate first half of the day, the hype then crashed. And I received a compensation in form of ultrahipster kebab, revival kit for my old Nokia phone and a short trip to Löyly. This is just to explain the lack of spirit and creativity in this post. Thanks for understanding.