Travel is often a good soul break for me. After the long flights or car ride, that is. Care to join me for some Finnish soul care at the end of a bit of travel?
Cozy up and learn a little bit about how the Finns take a break to bring rest to their busy lives.
Our Finnish weekend getaway was the perfect soul break to round out our vacation with our son, Jon, his wife, Sanna, and our new grandson, Eli.
Finnish families usually own a “summer cabin” that they retreat to in the spring and summer. Last time we were here was several years ago, and we stayed in Sanna’s family’s summer cabin, which was her grandparent’s lovely, old farmhouse.
This time we chose a more modern cabin, yet one that included some lovely Finnish traditions like a sauna and a bar-b-que hut.
An hour’s distance from Jon and Sanna’s home was a lovely cabin by a lake in what appeared to be wilderness to me. A lonely road led us to the only dwelling we saw for miles.
The late snow fall for April make it cozy and beautiful. Best of all, it came with a bar-b-que hut (pictured above) that provided a warm spot in the outdoors and, for Jon, a place to bar-b-que salmon.
The views outside our cabin.
Our three days were spent reading, going for walks, eating, playing with Eli, and other such restful activities. We appreciated the little, wooden cradle (above) for Eli as we didn’t have room in the car to bring all the “baby stuff” we would have liked.
The Northern Lights flashed through the Finnish sky during the night, and although we looked for them, the gray weather did not let them shine in our area of the woods.
The last time we were in Finland we spent a week sightseeing in Helsinki and a week with Sanna’s family getting ready for “the wedding.”
This visit we’ve enjoyed the restful days staying home with Sanna and Eli while Jon is in school. This weekend at a “summer cabin” rounded out our Finnish experience.
Thursday we head back to California, and I am going to miss my Finnish family. Hopefully they can visit us at Christmas this year. Or at least send Eli. *grandma grin*
Blessings to you this week, and cherish the moments you have with those you love, Susan.
What has been your favorite weekend getaway? Share with us in the comment section below.
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