Friday, October 31, 2008

Back from Southern Finland -- Part I. Turku!

Hello all. Patrick and I have returned from an ESO meeting of Finnish Astronomers and Scientists in Turku, Finland. The meeting was held at Tuorla Observatory. It was a 10 minute bus ride from the city center to the observatory, and it was lovely out there. I forgot to take photos until we were waiting for the bus to take us away. Unfortunately, the sunlight was directly in front of me, so the photos aren't that great. But, I think you get the idea.

The entrance to Tuorla Hostel

This photo shows the main house at the Hostel/Observatory.

Another building on the property...

across the street from the Hostel

It was very pretty. The meeting was a good one. The group was small, which meant more interaction with individuals. I even made a contact with a scientist in South Africa who published a paper on similar stuff that I'm doing.

After the meeting, we stuck around to do some sightseeing. We spent Saturday in Turku walking around and visiting Turku castle. Now, I'm going to post a bunch of photos of Turku for your viewing pleasure. Click to embiggen them, as you wish.

This is a beautiful church in the middle of Turku. This driveway/courtyard has a nice slope to it. We watched a man chase down a runaway buggy stuffed with two kids on this driveway. It was pretty funny, but don't worry. No children or fathers were harmed in the making of this photo.

A view of the river.

A beautiful park near the handicraft museum. Sadly the museum was closed. So, we strolled through this park into an open air market and onward to Turku castle instead.

It was a cold day, and this bird is nicely expressing how I felt. I too would refuse to get into that freezing water. screw that!

Patrick and his new toy.

A pretty view outside of Turku Castle.

This is Turku castle inside the walls. Look, I think that is one of the staff. I forget his name.

That's me. Can you hear what I am saying?
"Get off my lawn before I call the cops! You peasant!"

St. George defending the maiden and killing the dragon. I like the shadows cast on the wall.

Virgin and Child. There were so many incredible carvings from the 15th century in Turku castle. amazing.

Arched ceilings...It's how I roll.

Patrick looks comfy.

okay. Maybe he's getting a little too comfortable on the king's privy.

That is all I am posting for now. I have to get some work done today! Stay tuned for Part II -- Helsinki.


ganoderma said...

That is all I am posting for now

reishi said...

I have been so busy lately

Maria Sondule said...

I like the pic of the ducks.

Rick said...

Looks like a very interesting trip.