Our Trip to Europe
April 29 - June 26 2005
Lynda Edris and Pete Grant

Page 22 - Lappeenranta

We arrived in Lappeenranta mid-afternoon on Friday, June 3rd.  The sky was overcast and the temperature mid-60's(F).  Not very pleasant -- but at least it wasn't raining.

One of my favorite Finnish songs is "Prinsessa Armada", from a 1950's movie "Kaunis Veera" (Beautiful Vera).  The song is about the crew and adventures of a ship bby the same name. Turns out they have converted the ship to a restaurant.  Seeing the ship's name brought back memories from my childhood and I felt compelled to take a picture of it and include it here on this page.

Hey, look here -- a namesake. View from the old fortress.
Another view of Lappeenranta 
from the old fort
Lynda doing her thing .. and the result.
One of the main reasons we came to this city was its location on the lake Saimaa.  The lake is connected to many others by canals and there are cruises one can take all the way to Russia, or even the Baltic Sea.  I had thought of taking a multi-day cruise but, because of the weather, opted to take a local three-hour canal cruise instead.  We bought a ticket on a Karelia Lines cruise ship m/s Camilla (right) and boarded at noon on Saturday, June 4th.
Waving -- a boarding ritual for tourists :-)
We're off!
(and being followed)
Lake Saimaa scenery. Approaching a canal.
One of the thrills of a canal cruise is going through locks.  Our cruise, being only three hours long, went through only one lock -- but what a lock it was!  The difference in water levels was almost 40 feet!  (More info about the canal and locks can be found here).  The lock we went through is named "Mälkiä".
Approaching the lock.
In the lock, about 10 ft down. 30 ft down. Allthe way down -- and leaving.
Having gone through, we turned around and went through again. Water gushing into the lock (instead of out, as before).

Cruise finished, wew returned to Lappeenranta and walked around the city.  The photo at left is for the benefit of my climbing buddy Doug.

After spending the night in a hotel, we took a train to Helsinki for the overnight train ride to Moscow.

Moscow is next!





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