This castle was built in the 15th century by Erik Axelsson Tott in the small town of Savonlinna in the South Savo region of Finland. It stands next to Lake Saimaa, the largest in Finland. The castle attracts tourists all year, especially during the last three weeks of July during which a world-famous opera festival is held which attracts tens of thousands of visitors. There are also many visitors during the winter as it is also beautiful when covered with snow.
Cemeteries in Finland are characteristic for their simplicity, their homogeneity and for generally being located in woods or in places with many trees around. All of the graves look very similar as there is not much difference in the patterns. There are niches, and pomposity, only tombstones adorned them simply and relatives often placed lanterns with candles, pots and place where it is assumed that there would be grass or plants around the tombs. I fell in love with Finnish cemeteries because they seem so natural ... In Savonlinna cemetery tombstones apart from civilians, you can also find a little corner dedicated to those who died or disappeared during the Second World War.
Lake Saimaa, which I spent great moments on the banks of the water ... long hours sitting on a rock hidden away from the world, I spent hours watching the birds and small boats and sometimes admiring the crown jewel, Olavinlinna Castle, in the middle of the waters of this lake of more of 4000 square kilometers, the biggest in Finland and the 5th biggest in Europe. It goes through many major cities such as Savonlinna Finland, Mikkeli, Lappeenranta and Imatra. it is a complex of lakes that can be found in the islands that narrow along its length. The lake drains into another lake-the biggest in Russia, Ladoga, across the river Vuoksi. There is something much more interesting and unusual because in the special inhabits the freshwater ringed seal is endangered and lives only in the Saimaa and in some lake over Russia. It is something very special. Some travelers pass through parks with calm waters in which it is said that they can get to see, but it is rare to be so lucky. In Savonlinna you can see a statue of seals in the lake that matches Olavinkatu Street and the bridge that connects the two parts of the city, as a tribute to this amazing inhabitant.
Did you know that the largest lake in Finland, Lake Saimaa, lives an endangered freshwater seal? I certainly did not know until I had the opportunity to meet someone who loves these animals, and who fights for the preservation of this unique inhabitant. Juha Taskinen is the man that is trying to teach people about their unique situation. The lake Saimaa ringed seal is on the verge of extinction. ONly about 260 of these seals remain and Juha Taskinen in collaboration with conservation associations lost lives in a small house near Savonlinna, also used for photographic exhibitions. This friendly Finnish man is the author of several books. He gave us a presentation that showed us documentaries about the problem with the seals. The biggest problem is fishermen use nets ... There he also sells his books, DVDs and postcards. If you want you can have a drink and enjoy the tranquility of your home. Here is the website, write to him if you would like to go ...