Summer Destination

P1000345Can you guess from the picture above where I’m headed on my vacation in August?

Well, I got to admit, this is a bit surprising choice for me, since I haven’t been on a package holiday or on a proper beach vacation in a long time! But going through different travel options my eyes caught such a cheap great package deal for flights + hotel, we decided to switch touring Croatia and Montenegro to Greece. And more specifically to the island of Kos.

I’ve read a lot of good (and also some bad) about that place, but it sounds pretty perfect right now. I checked that there should be enough to do, but not too much so that I can concentrate on loading my batteries. 😉 Because my summer holiday is so short (basically all I have is the time I’m traveling), I mostly want to just be and relax. My mom knows how I can easily get when I’m traveling. For example in New York I sometimes had a tight minute schedule for us, so that we would have time for everything. Now I want laying on the beach, reading a good book and enjoying slow dinners more, than that sightseeing-schedule (which is good in some situations though, don’t get me wrong!). But right now, I’m saving the cravings I have for sights in Croatia for when I have more time (and well, money…).

I’m prepared for the fact that Kos might be a horrible tourist trap and that the euro-crisis could also get worse and spoil the whole thing! But the sun should be shining, there are beaches all over, Kos should be a paradise for riding a bike (I’ve gotten really into biking lately), and not to mention Greek food and history… So I’m sure I’ll handle a week there. 😉 And I checked it’s also easy to make a daytrip to Turkey from there.

I have been to Greece once with my parents, right after high school. The pictures are from that trip to Corfu (I had just gotten my first digital camera, a little pocket-size one, that I took the pictures with). I have only good memories (though it was a bit too hot sometimes, about 40 celcius degrees), and I’m hoping Kos won’t let me down either.

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Midsummer’s Bonfire

IMG_2928The weather has been so cold all spring long, I couldn’t believe it was already time to celebrate midsummer! Even though the real “heat waves” always come after that, but I still think the weather should have been more summer-like by now.

We didn’t let the cold bother us though, and went to see the traditional bonfire and midnight sun in Naantali. We used to spent lot of midsummer evenings there when I was a kid, watching that same bonfire burning in front of president’s summer house every year. If you are in Turku or anywhere near Naantali during midsummer, that’s clearly the place to be. It was crowded, but there’s room for everyone by the rocks facing the fire and the sea.

In southern Finland the midnight sun doesn’t really “shine”, but it’s never the less light the whole night. After ten in the evening I could still see the sun peak, and I first woke up at six the next morning because the sun was shining so bright! These pictures were taken between 11 PM and midnight.

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