bluestarfish And so, back we go off the islands and headed towards London... 18h

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bluestarfish Jean Sibelius at Korpo village. He said and wrote some music here, which did get performed this summer. 19h

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bluestarfish My parents new greenhouse that was made from the old windows of their house which they saved when they all got replaced. It gets hot in there! Top temperature was 59.1 C and that day 55.6 C... a mini sauna really :) 19h

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bluestarfish The swimming beach at Korpo and the Baltic Sea was being particularly warm right here. 19h

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bluestarfish A trip to Berghamn island on the ferry called Fiskö shows that the sea islands look different to the lake islands :) 19h

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bluestarfish The smaller car ferry between Nauvo-Korppoo has a swallows nest on it (next to the 4.2 m sign) and the swallows are relaxed about the fact their nest moves... they just follow the boat back and forwards! 2d

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bluestarfish And so, back on the ferry to get out to the Turku archipelago. It's summer so the second level car deck is in use to accommodate everyone getting out there. 2d

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bluestarfish Fresh peas are one of my favourite things about summer in Finland. This lot got demolished while waiting for a bus :) 2d

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bluestarfish It's hard to take a picture of a building this big. With two balcony levels this church was made to seat 6000 people in one go. In the bottom right hand corner is one of the heaters. Even with eight of those (!) they couldn't heat this church in the winter so it only gets used in the summer. 2d

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bluestarfish The largest wooden church in the world. 2d

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bluestarfish Olavinlinna castle at 10:30 pm after the opera. 2d

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bluestarfish Leaving the castle island after the opera on the specially constructed walk way (that can swing open to let big boats through). 2d

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bluestarfish The opera happens in the courtyard of the castle and there is a specially created tent roof to keep us dry and help with the acoustics. It's a huge stage. 2d

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bluestarfish Olavinlinna hosts an opera festival every July. 2d

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bluestarfish Sailing into Savonlinna at the end of the day and past Olavinlinna (Olaf's Castle). 2d

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bluestarfish Other bits were massive expanses of water. We followed alongside Finland's largest island for seven hours. That's a large island... 2d

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bluestarfish Some bits of the route were really narrow (you can see the poles that mark out the deepest/safest path). 2d

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bluestarfish We were not the only boaters on the lakes enjoying the sunny weather. 2d

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