Travels in Finland and abroad

May 18, 2012

Finnish summer cottage / Casa de campo finlandesa / Chalet d’été finlandais

In English:

Last summer I visited on my friend summerhouse which he has been made during last two summers. Visit with me there, so You got idea how our summer cottages are looking like on closer inspection.

If You have any questions about my photos, then You get the name of photo, by moving mouse pointer over the photo.

En español:

El verano pasado me visitó en la casa de verano de mi amigo, que ha hecho durante dos veranos. Visite Usted conmigo allí, así que usted tiene la idea de cómo nuestras casas de verano estan de un examen más detallado.

Si usted tiene algunas preguntas acerca de mis fotos, entonces para obtener el nombre de la foto, mueva el puntero del ratón sobre la foto.

En francais:

L’été dernier, j’ai visité la maison d’été de mon ami dont il a été fait pendant deux étés. Visitez avec moi là, donc t’as la idée de la façon dont nos chalets d’été sont sur une inspection plus minutieuse.

Si vous avez des questions sur mes photos, pour obtenir le nom de la photo, déplacez le pointeur de la souris sur la photo.

This nice carved fellow invites You for visit

This nice carved fellow invites You for visit

Seen from the main village road

Seen from the main village road

General view when approaching my friend’s log cabin. All is not yet finished

General view when approaching my friend’s log cabin. All is not yet finished

Main house and Little princess’ (my friends granddaughter) own cabin

Main house and Little princess’ (my friends granddaughter) own cabin

Little princess’ (my friends granddaughter) own cabin

Little princess’ (my friends granddaughter) own cabin

General view of the house

General view of the house

Storage depot

Storage depot

Lovely stone

Lovely stone

Storage depot

Storage depot

Little princess’ (my friends granddaughter) own cabin

Little princess’ (my friends granddaughter) own cabin

Little princess’ own cabin

Little princess’ own cabin

Little princess sleeps here

Little princess sleeps here

Mosquito net helps little princess to sleep well

Mosquito net helps little princess to sleep well

Cradle

Cradle

Little princess’ slide

Little princess’ slide

View to the lake

View to the lake

Hot water boiler

Hot water boiler

Every man must have own bear

Every man must have own bear

Bear watches that you do not drown while swimming

Bear watches that you do not drown while swimming

My friend – master of house. It is not cold, even though he has his hands in pockets. Finnish habit

My friend – master of house. It is not cold, even though he has his hands in pockets. Finnish habit

Interior view of barbeque hut

Interior view of barbeque hut

Interior view of barbeque hut

Interior view of barbeque hut

I love those natural rocks

I love those natural rocks

Let’s go to swim

Let’s go to swim

Quay is a great place to relax or to fish or just angle. Hmm, after Sauna to swim. Great

Quay is a great place to relax or to fish or just angle. Hmm, after Sauna to swim. Great

Autumnal lake of my friend

Autumnal lake of my friend

Autumnal lake of my friend

Autumnal lake of my friend

View from the lakeside

View from the lakeside

Barbeque hut

Barbeque hut

The master of the house loves stones for environment decoration

The master of the house loves stones for environment decoration

The master of the house loves stones for environment decoration

The master of the house loves stones for environment decoration

On the right side there is barbeque hut

On the right side there is barbeque hut

Summer cottage seen from the lakeside

Summer cottage seen from the lakeside

Garden gnome

Garden gnome

Lady of the house loves decorative objects

Lady of the house loves decorative objects

Weather vane

Weather vane

Lady of the house loves decorative objects

Lady of the house loves decorative objects

Lady of the house loves decorative objects

Lady of the house loves decorative objects

Bootjack, arrache-chaussures, tire-bottes,

Bootjack, arrache-chaussures, tire-bottes,

Porch, terrace

Porch, terrace

Ring the bell when you arrive

Ring the bell when you arrive

Rocking chair of the master of the house in living room

Rocking chair of the master of the house in living room

General view of living room

General view of living room

Dining corner

Dining corner

Living room

Living room

Part of living room

Part of living room

Hearts made by my friend

Hearts made by my friend

Made by my friend

Made by my friend

Bed room in the second floor

Bed room in the second floor

My friend made this ceiling lamp

My friend made this ceiling lamp

My friend made this candlestick

My friend made this candlestick

Hired vacation cottage 2009 / Cabaña de verano alquilada 2009/ Cabane de l’été louée 2009

July 1, 2011

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

In English:

Olavinlinna is in English St. Olaf’s Castle and in Swedish it is Olofsborg, is a fortification. It was founded in 1475 by Danish born knight Erik Axelsson Tott. St. Olaf’s Castle is said that it is the oldest medieval stone castle here in the North. Its purpose was to protect Russian attacks from the East.

The castle is situated on an island in the middle of fast-flowing river. This did not finally help against the enemy which took it over in 1714. To me it was curious to hear from guide that did not have cannons. Solders were using bows and swords! The stairs of the castle were planned very narrow and steep. In those old days solders were right handed and that meant when attacking in stairs only left handed enemy could use sword with skill.

Originally Olavinlinna had four towers, but the fourth was damaged badly in 1714. Only three lowest were left, raised later and the fourth was dismounted. Water was on much more higher level and it can be seen in photo # 52. Photos 53 and 54 are presenting the ram of castle. It is said that once when the castle was attacked in the darkness of night, the ram came standing over wall and enemy was frightened it. Maybe they were superstitious and thought that they saw the devil, but who knows.

There is one interesting curiosity – world’s first water closet. Outside it can be seen in photos # 9 and # 10 Inside You can see it in photo #36. When a man went in the toilet, everything went straight into a river. At historic days the level of water was at more higher level. I have always been thinking what fishes thought about this.

By car from Helsinki it takes 3 hour and 30 minutes to the town of Savonlinna. It is open for public year round, but part (big courtyard) of it is closed during Savonlinna Opera Festivals which are held in July.
The castle is worth for visit, if I say it very simply. My series of photos are from 2006, 2007 and 2011, so You see that I love it. In 2011, I visited also in winter and then I took photos from big courtyard which closed during Opera Festivals. My photos are ending with winter photos and with three scale model to give better overview. I hope that my photos give to You good idea about Olavinlinna.

Resumen esn español:

El castillo de Olavinlinna se halla en un ciudadillo de Savonlinna y fue fundado en 1475. Es el mejor castillo preservado en Escandinavia entera. Durante verano allí hay Festival de Ópera de Savonlinna.
Résumé en francais:

Château-fort de Olavinlinna est situé dans une petite ville de Savonlinna et il a été fondé en 1475. Il est le mieux préservé château-fort dans toute la Scandinavie. Pendant l’été, il est le lieu de Festival d’opéra de Savonlinna.

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Medieval castle of Olavinlinna / Castillo medieval de Olavinlinna / Château médiéval de Olavinlinna

Do not miss these posts / No te olvides de estos correos / Ne manquez pas de ces messages

Town of Savonlinna / Ciudad de Savonlinna / Ville de Savonlinna

Savonlinna cruising 1 / Savonlinna crucero 1 / Savonlinna croisière 1

Castle of Olavinlinna in winter / Castillo de Olavinlinna en invierno / Château de Olavinlinna en hiver

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