Tag: Roadtrip

23.06.2018 /3: The Imatran Valtionhotelli Hotel – and the Gray Lady

One of the reasons for this trip was to visit this famous landmark on the banks of the Imatrankoski Rapids. And as it was a bit late, we opted not to eat at the hotel, but to have evening tea for two at the library whilst soaking up the atmosphere. Continue reading “23.06.2018 /3: The Imatran Valtionhotelli Hotel – and the Gray Lady”

23.06.2018 /2: The Imatrankoski Rapids

Ever since the late 18th Century Imatra and the Imatrankoski Rapids have been a place to visit. The visitors include numerous amounts of the so-called normal people, and also such famous visitors as Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, and Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil. But is it a mere coincidence? Because even in the Kalevala, the national epoch of Finland, the Vuoksi River is titled as the most powerful river in the whole Finland.

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23.06.2018 /1: Midsummer Road Trip to Imatra

Waking up to a Midsummer day after a cold, rainy, and windy Midsummer Eve, we quite didn’t plan to travel near the eastern border of Finland just for evening tea. As the day progressed, we decided that we want to do something, and not just sit around musing why there isn’t anything much to do in Finland during midsummer.

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Day 5: Warsaw, Poland to Vilnius, Lithuania

One thing that we have seen a few times already over this trip is that cities and towns look completely different during day and evening! Daytime reveals more colours and details from the buildings, but when it’s dark there usually is more artificial lights making the places magical in a very different way. And Warsaw isn’t exception to this rule. If there is something different, it is the grandness of the buildings that wasn’t exactly clear during our drive and walk last evening! Any city with such big buildings that can’t properly fit one photo reserves our respect! Continue reading “Day 5: Warsaw, Poland to Vilnius, Lithuania”

Day 3: 24 Hours In Gdansk, Poland

Wakey, Wakey! (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2017

Good morning from Gdansk! First time we woke up at six when Mika decided that we have slept enough and he wants to go out for his business (I’m sure every parent knows this), so we get dressed and out we go. After this interlude in cold weather we go back to bed and sleep a few more hours (or try to, as Mika has also decided that we should wake up already).

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Day 2: Kaunas, Lithuania to Gdansk, Poland

When you first wake up on your holiday, sometimes you get the feeling that you are not exactly sure where you are and maybe the things you did yesterday were just a dream. Well, that didn’t happen to us. We were well aware where we were, and that we were on a holiday and had to keep an eye on the clock whist getting ready for the next leg of our journey. Opening the curtains we took a look at the surroundings and quickly realised that the huge building opposite wasn’t some factory with high walls, and barbed wires on top of them, with guards checking out the vehicles going in and out… it was a working prison! Luckily we didn’t open the curtains in our birthday suits! (That could have happened…)

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Day 1: Helsinki, Finland to Kaunas, Lithuania

Let’s Say It Was Very Foggy? (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2017

Is there anything better than waking up in the wee hours of the morning? Actually no, especially when you know it is time for another one of your trips! The plan today is to take a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn, spend some time there before turning the nose of the car towards Kaunas in Lithuania, which will be our first stop on this roadtrip.

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10.-16.12.2017: Via Baltica to Poland

It is time for another of our Roadtrips (with a capital R). As I only managed to get a week of leave from work this close to Christmas, we had to plan carefully and decide which would be the furthest where we could comfortably drive to. As Berlin, in Germany, would have been pushing it a bit, we decided on Poland. Getting there would allow us to see Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the way.

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