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Travel info – How to get to Turku?

Turku is a popular city to visit especially on summertime. Turku being the oldest city in Finland has some history and there have been people living since Iron age. Turku has even been the capital of Finland for a while and many people speak highly of it’s restaurants. But how to get to Turku since there is so many ways you can travel?

Zoes Hotel Studios – Friendly family owned hotel at Faliraki in Rhodes

By choosing a family owned accommodation you support the persons that are taking care of you during your vacation

The village Faliraki at Rhodes Island is know of a long beach with soft sand and also of a nightlife. A little away from the centrum is a more peaceful area and a hotel called Zoes Hotel Studios. We stayed there for a week on our family vacation on June 2018. We found the hotel on our own and because of the nice reviews we desided to reserve a family room. Our decision ended up being spot on and we got to enjoy the hospitality and friendliness only rarely seen on travels.

Greece | Rhodes | Tsambika Monastery and beach

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Getting help conceiving from the Top and on the bottom…water fun

Tsambika mountain lies between Kolymbia and Archangelos – villages. Tsambika -beach is located at the southern base of the mountain. There is a place on top of the mountain that once had a monastery on it. Now the monastery is nearby but not at the mountain any longer. Climbing to the mountain has been recommended because of the panorama views on Rhodes island and because of the legend of the monastery. Tsambika beach on the other hand is very nice especially for families with little children because it doesn’t get deep very fast.

Greece | Rhodes | The Valley of the Butterflies – Climbing in the nature

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A relaxing walk in nature or hardcore training in the stairs

The Valley of the Butterflies is one of the most mentioned sights at Rhodes. Bus trips are arranged there by travel agencies but the best you can do is to rent a car and drive there by yourself. Butterflies are in the valley mostly on May but we saw some on early June during our visit. Butterflies come to the valley in the last phase of their life. They get some energy from the sweet trees in the valley, but they are so tired already that forcing them to fly by disturbing is a death sentence for them.

From Southern Finland to Arctic Ocean and back – Day 2

Not a bit tired…

This article is about the second day of our journey from Turku to Arctic Ocean. The day in the calendar might have changed to Tuesday but that didn’t have any effect on our driving. We just kept on going north. We didn’t have time to stop for sleep because the goal was to be next to the ocean by morning and that’s what we intended to do.

From Southern Finland to Arctic Ocean and back – Day 1

I have a wild idea

The pleasure of driving and enthusiasm is a strange thing. It’s quite hard to describe to a person, who thinks car is only for getting from A to B. What invisible force makes one to sit in a car and drive drive drive until he’s too tired to go on even though he wants to. Many things can lead to such but I can think of two; a spectacular car and fantastic roads. This story is about our trip to the Arctic Ocean and back. A trip that took only 4 days but was 4000 kilometers long.

This story is about madness, beautiful scenery and a happy car – Mini Roadster S.

Spotify playlist by Scenic Road Hunters

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Turn on Spotify, drive on and listen our playlist

Some like to drive in total silence, some play music really loud. My opinion is somewhere in between. Sometimes the radio doesn’t even have to be on but during longer trips, it’s nice to have a long playlist playing on the background. If you have your friend with you, set volume to a level where you can still have a chat without raising your voice.

Oxen Road of Tavastia – part 2

From Somero to Hämeenlinna

The Old Oxen Road of Tavastia is a marked historic road from Turku Castle to Castle in Hämeenlinna. We drove that road with Porsche Macan S Diesel on July 2014. This article is the second part of that trip where the journey continues from Somero. If you still haven’t read the first part, maybe it would be best to read it first from here.

Oxen Road of Tavastia – part 1

“Tuu tuu tupakkarulla, mistäs tiesit tänne tulla. Tulin tuota Turun tietä, hämäläisten härkätietä.”

That was the beginning of an old Finnish song sang to children while putting them to sleep. The Hämeen härkätie (Oxen road of Tavastia) is a real road which was used already on 9th Century while merchants, church men and perhaps even Kings used. Over then it was not much more than a path formed through the forests but over time it widened to a proper road. Nowadays the oxen road of Häme is partly marked as museum road and remain unpaved. It’s also marked with signs for travelers to better find the correct way. It begins from Castle of Turku and goes all the way to Castle in Hämeenlinna and the roads are still in beautiful country scenery following the river quite far. We drove the road from beginning to the end with Porsche Macan S Diesel.

Picking berries with Volkswagen Touareg

Trips by car or road trips can be of all sorts. Usually the purpose is to get somewhere or to drive between multiple destinations and then back. This road trip got started because we finally had a really nice test car called Volkswagen Touareg and that was a reason big enough to go for a ride.