Week 5: Thursday (Turku and my knight in shining armour)

The first day of the final week of my Humble Tour consisted of a day trip to Turku, Finland’s oldest city. A 2-hour bus ride away from Helsinki (€14), the city has a combination of old and new, and, by a stroke of pure traveller’s luck, also holds Finland’s largest medieval festival (30 June to 2 July this year). The festival pretty much takes up all of the old great square near the cathedral, and contains stalls, market food, games, demonstrations, and a medieval horse tournament.

Yup, that’s right: a horse tournament.

The entry fee of €13 was some of the best cash I’ve forked out, because not only was the jousting (!!) awesome, but I also met my knight in shining armour.

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My knight saluting his fans.

My knight saluting his fans.

My knight in action!

My knight in action!

Some of the other moments from today:

Awesome jesters.

Awesome jesters.

Firing up cookware the old-fashioned way.

Firing up cookware the old-fashioned way.

Medieval merry-go-rounds wouldn't have been too merry for the maid...

Medieval merry-go-rounds wouldn’t have been too merry for the maid…

I finally had some lake fish, and they were scrumptious! (€10)

I finally had some lake fish, and they were scrumptious! (€10)

Turku Cathedral.

Turku Cathedral.

Inside Turku Cathedral.

Inside Turku Cathedral.

Turku Cathedral organ.

Turku Cathedral organ.

I found a homemade gelato place by the river, so I got two sets while I read a book: the first is blood orange and coconut (€3,80).

I found a homemade gelato place by the river, so I got two sets while I read a book: the first is blood orange and coconut (€3,80).

Second helping of gelato was super dark chocolate and walnut (€3,80).

Second helping of gelato was super dark chocolate and walnut (€3,80).

But really, my knight was the best thing about the day–even better than my double (quadruple?) serving of gelato. I have a video uploaded as my Instagram of the Day, but I’ll try to upload more shinies once I’m back on my computer.

Accommodation: Fangirly housewivery
Transport: €21,60
Food & drink: €17,60
Tickets: €13
Total: €52,20
Samantha’s knight in shining armour: Glorious and priceless

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