Bongan Linna is renovated by an artists couple Riitta Nelimarkka and Jaakko Seeck and is nearly 100 years old. In its museum gallery there are over 200 works by Nelimarkka from abt. 20 years. From colourful art textiles to oil paintings and drawings. Gallery is open for groups throughout the year by booking and in summer 15 June-17 August on...more
Have a walk in the Old Town of Porvoo or even better take a ride!Beside this very narrow and most picturesque streets you can also find the art gallery Vanha Kappalaisentalo and The Edelfelt-Vallgren art Museum.Loviisa Harbouris an award-winning clean harbour with some old store houses. Just a beautiful spot to spend time on a sunny day! At the...more
Vanha Laamanni(don´t even ask the translation) at one corner of the Porvoo Cathedral square is the place where the Porvoo Diet was held 1809.Ha-haa, what a coincidence, nowadays the restaurant is acting very far from slimming diet! The café serves excellent cakes (try the blueberry one) and the restaurant offers modern but not so light cooking.Here...more
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It is simple to reach Porvoo and Loviisa by car from Helsinki; it´s 40 minutes to Porvoo and about 60 minutes to Loviisa.
But if one want´s to have a good sightseeing of the eastern coast, why not try one of these boat trip to Porvoo!
More information can be found at:BOAT-TRIP
Recipe for the famous
Runeberg´s cakes (Runebergin tortut)
created by his wife Ulrika:
1,5 dl sugar
1 dl coffee cream
1 dl ground almond
2 dl bread or cake crumbs/ rusk flour (Runeberg´s wife was so economical...)
1,5 dl melted butter (~150 gr)
1,5 dl wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
For decoration strawberry or rasberry jam, icing
Whisk the egg and the sugar until they become a white foam. Add the cream, almonds, bread crumbs and the melted butter, mixing well. Add in the end the wheat flour and the baking powder (already mixed together earlier). Put the batter to 12-16 muffin moulds and bake in a 225 C degree preheated oven for about 15 minutes. Decorate first with a dollop of jam in the middle of the cake, then with the icing, making a circle aroud the jam. You can also moisten the cakes with some rum, punch or liqueur.
To be eaten at Runeberg´s Day 5th of February with schnaps.
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Porvoo was born to be a trade center besidethe River Porvoo before Helsinki was founded. The King of Sweden, Magnus Eriksson, granted the town rights in 1346.The greatest man was however the Russian Czar, Alexander I, who granted Finland the autonoumus rights here at Porvoo in 1809.Let´s forget the grumpy old swedes and russians, and go for an...more