Hi Guys. I'm enjoying a nice glass of wine in our hotel
room in Helsinki and re-reading this tread. My wife and I came here for four days to get an impression of the area before deciding to commit to coming here. It's been a nice visit in which we toured the city one day, took a small tour boat to Porvoo another, and then today rented a car and drove to Turku and surrounding areas.
It has been interesting and we have more trepidation then expected about coming up here with Palarran. I'll detail it and maybe you all can help me work through it.
First of all, we haven't been impressed with the water
. It is muddy brown almost everywhere we have been. Only one beach we went to had mildly clear water
. It was more like an inland lake with algae then clear. Otherwise, it's been murky enough that my wife for sure wouldn't swim in it even if it was warm (which it isn't). We only have seen a few people actually in the water over the past three days.
Another question is about pump-out options. The one marina we did tour had a small protruding dock
for it and it would be near impossible for my boat to use it. It was made of wood and had wood bollards with small pegs to secure the lines. I'd literally tear this thing apart in winds above 10 knots. We have small black water tanks
and need pump-out's about every three days. According to the marina worker, you all don't go offshore
and dump so this is a big issue.
The charge for the marina was 33 euro per day - very cheap
and a nice location.
There has been a lot of descriptions of the raw beauty and isolation of the area. Also about how many "islands" there are. My feeling is that it is very similar to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Canadian Coast of Georgian Bay, or Thousand Islands of Upstate New York
. Many of the islands are large rocks with 15 trees. Obviously there are many that are quite large with development but the variation of the scenery was not that diverse IMO. Pines and rocks with no more than 30 meters of rise in topography in the surrounding area. I didnít see anything else remarkable about the views, especially compared to where we have been this year in the Aegean and Turkish Coasts.
The Finnís have been very nice and almost all speak very good English
. Itís quite a bit like being home in regards to shopping
and restaurants. I do like that for a change but itís not much of a change from home. The selection and quality of food
is fantastic and the prices at the Market for vegetables and fish
are fair. The cost of eating out is about 30% higher than in the United States and at least double that of Greece
. There have been comments about prices of alcohol but I think they are good in relation to most Northern EU countries.
When Iíve viewed pictures on Google Earth
it looks similar to Finland
but maybe a little more hilly. For me, and this is only my very limited opinion, in order to get truly ďHoly CrapĒ viewís, Iíll need to be in Norway
. This still greatly appeals to me and is keeping me on the fence (which is still a long wayís to the end) for heading North from Gibraltar
I left Palarran with Yeloya in Marmaris this year. For those of you who have sat and viewed the setting sun across Marmaris Bay you can appreciate what mountains do to the contrast in views. Iíve seen this in many places in the Mediterranean
but not in the pictures of the Baltic
or by observation. And crystal clear warm water is very hard to beat.