Riding from one hill (Linnamäki) to the other (Näsinmäki) while overlooking the old town!
Even if the ascent is not that long, it is quite steep, enough to start sweating 😉 But it’s all worth it! Then you step out of the bike and contemplate the scenery. Getting people up here to stare at the urban landscape in full silence for minutes weighs gold to me.
Not a sound from here, just the whistle of the wind in the pinetrees…
The lunchplace Honkala revealed itself an ideal stop by then. Fortunately, it is located on the same hill. On the menu house-baked herring with mashed potatoes. Yammi! It got me revigorated 😉 The interior was also quiet, nicely furnished with pictures on the walls and objects from the old days on the shelves. It all made me feel like I was in a familiar place despite being there for the first time.
Then I went down the path on my right and ended up to a viewpoint where Albert Edelfelt came to portray Porvoo’s uniqueness in the late 1800’s. He is one of Finland’s foremost artist who was the first Finn to be recognized internationally in his field. And he had a tremendous influence on Finnish society for years to come thanks to his drawings for Johan Ludvig Runeberg’s epic poem The tales of Enseign Stål.
Credit picture: https://www.finna.fin
That view has barely changed 116 years after Edelfelt immortalized it.
One of the blogger I have come to appreciate for her high-quality pictures is Milla from Porvoo. She’s previously written a post here about that place many of her fellow citizens but also foreigners do love.
Do you, dear reader, also have a favourite place near your home you wander to when you want / need to find peace or just relax? What’s then special about it?