Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Brian's first area is Savonlinna, Finland.

Beautifully situated on two islands between Lake Haapavesi and Lake Pihlajavesi, Savonlinna is an attractive town with an imposing medieval castle and a lively opera festival every July.

The city was founded in 1649, based around Olavinlinna.  The castle was founded in 1475, it was occupied by the Russians from 1743 to the first half of the 20th century.  

The town is 208 miles away from the capital of Helsinki by road, some 4 hours away by train.  

To see more about Savonlinna, check out the following website:


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