Turku, on the southwest coast of Finland, is the oldest city in Finland dating back to the 13th century – and the country’s original capital. Its castle and medieval church speak to its history while cobblestone streets lead to modern, award-winning restaurants and trendy cafes.
Turku is also known as the “Christmas City of Finland” with its hosting of the annual Declaration of Christmas Peace. This fun tradition brings out hundreds of Finns from all over the country, no matter the temperature (which is shocking for a native Californian like me). A great place to stay while in the city is the unique boutique hotel The Park Hotel.
(more about the Park Hotel here)
Lucky for me Spaceman’s family lives here so we will have many more opportunities to visit. This country is one where I continually find new wonders around each bend.