Upon arriving in Finland by boat, and before heading to hubby’s family’s summer cottage, we spent a day in Naantali, one of the richer and most important tourist towns in Finland. Naantali means Village of Grace.

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My cousin, the pediatrician.

Naantali lies in southwestern Finland and has almost 19 000 residents.

Naantali is known for two popular tourist attractions – Moomin Valley and the largest spa in Scandinavia. We have been to both places, but this year, we went to see Moomin world again.

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We arrived at around 7 am in Turku then drove to Naantali. We reached our destination by 8 am. While Marcus and Tuwa went out to buy breakfast and play, my cousin, aunt and I took the time to sleep a little more in the car since Moomin Valley opens at 10 am.

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We were in Moomin Valley from opening time until around 2 pm. We ate lunch in Naantali.

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Where Tuwa bought her pike perch.

In the first restaurant, the service was so slow that we gave up waiting and moved to the neighboring restaurant – which had surprisingly wonderful burger!image

Right before eating my burger, we heard a loud slam, like a metal hitting the ground. We looked down and on the ground was bird poop. And ten centimeters from my plate, on the table, was also a big blob of white and gray bird scat. Bläää. I covered it with several layers of paper napkins. I wouldn’t dare remove the poop. So I just let it on the table, under the layers of napkins, and pretended it didn’t exist.

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