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PHOTO GALLERY:
FINLAND : Bennas, Larsmo and Jakobstad
June 2003


Page Description

Here is a set of 40 photos (LARSMO-11 to LARSMO-50) taken from the peaceful village of Larsmo. Malin and her parents bought a new Summer cottage in Larsmo after selling the previous one in Nabba. The summer cottage is an ideal place where one can go and relax in a place full of nature and peace, and hopefully some warm sun too. The summer cottage actually consists of an small area of forest by the sea where there are 2 wooden cottages - the main cottage and the sauna cottage. It is very common the people around here will spend many days during summer in these type of cottages rather than staying at home.

The photos here are taken when I and Malin went by canoe to a nearby small island called Köpmanholmen, on Tue June 17th. This day was our anniversary from the first time we physically seen each other. Once arrived ashore, we stayed a bit around in the sun, and then went to eat in a Restaurant which makes this island famous and well visited by people and tourists. The food was lovely. After the wonderful meal we rested / slept on the grass in the perfect warm sun and then we went slowly around the island. We arrived back to the restaurant and it was still time for coffee lunch. Here a drunk and hippie sailor joined us and we talked with him a lot. He was very funny. At about 8 or 9pm we went back with the canoe to the Summer cottage


Picture Index

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Pics 11-20
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Pics 21-30
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Pics 31-40
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Pics 41-50
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Pics 51-60
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Pics 61-70
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Pics 71-80
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Pics 81-90
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Pics 91-100
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Photos

LARSMO-21
Holidays in Bennas + Larsmo (Jun/03)
Larsmo - Click to enlarge Photo
This a touristic map of the island of Köpmanholmen, which means Merchant's Island. Tourist can arrive to this island by boat via a small harbour shown in the Map, but I and Malin visited the island by our canoe from the summer cottage which is on the right shore merely a 1km further up the island.

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Holidays in Bennas + Larsmo (Jun/03)
Larsmo - Click to enlarge Photo
This is a photo from the canoe while going to Köpmanholmen. You can see the island on the right side. It would take about 20-25 mins to arrive to the shore.

LARSMO-23
Holidays in Bennas + Larsmo (Jun/03)
Larsmo - Click to enlarge Photo
This is a little sandy bay on the island were we came ashore. It is a very nice bay, peaceful, and the water is not very deep. However for Maltese flesh like mine, it was very cold - about 15C. Malin says it was not bad and good to swim!

LARSMO-24
Holidays in Bennas + Larsmo (Jun/03)
Larsmo - Click to enlarge Photo
I and Malin beside a large anchor near the bay. This anchor is taken from a ship who collided with rocks and sank about 2km away from the island in the early 20th century. Its name was Charles Grafton and it was used by Russians to transport rifles and weapons illegally to some Finnish group in that time. When it collided they made the ship to sink so that it will be unnoticed.

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Holidays in Bennas + Larsmo (Jun/03)
Larsmo - Click to enlarge Photo
The flag of Finland beside the anchor of Grafton

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Holidays in Bennas + Larsmo (Jun/03)
Larsmo - Click to enlarge Photo
This was our anniversary meal (1 year we first met on 17th June 2002) at an open air restaurant on this island. I ordered salmon and Malin chicken and it was a big portion and really good. It was so enjoyable to eat outside in a quite place like this.

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Holidays in Bennas + Larsmo (Jun/03)
Larsmo - Click to enlarge Photo
After the meal we went for a walk around the island. The walk wasn't very long since this island is quite small, maybe 1 square km. Here is a photo at one bank of the island showing some reddish rocks, the blue calm sea and forests at the other mainland bank of Larsmo.

LARSMO-28
Holidays in Bennas + Larsmo (Jun/03)
Larsmo - Click to enlarge Photo
Here we found a good area of grass where I and Malin slept for an hour or so in the warm sun. It was a perfect hour of sleep in peace, accompanied with the joyful singing of birds (mainly finches).

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Holidays in Bennas + Larsmo (Jun/03)
Larsmo - Click to enlarge Photo
On the island there is a tall wooden tower where one can climb to see this picturesque view. The tower was about 5-6 stories high. The photo is actually two pictures joined together to make it look more 'panoramic' (horizontally larger). On teh tower there was some geographic information about this island. It was stated that a couple of hundreds of years ago (about 800 years ago if I remember well) this island was completely underwater and it started to emerged slowly with time. There was also a sort of exhibition on the island called "Terramare" which was about this fact, but when we where there this was closed. Anyway, the view was so beautiful that it was hard to start walking back down

LARSMO-30
Holidays in Bennas + Larsmo (Jun/03)
Larsmo - Click to enlarge Photo
A photo of Malin an me on the tower.




Picture Index

Pics 01-10
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Pics 11-20
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Pics 21-30
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Pics 31-40
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Pics 41-50
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Pics 51-60
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Pics 61-70
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Pics 71-80
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Pics 81-90
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Pics 91-100
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