The magic of Loistokari πŸ–οΈ

Located on the southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of Aura River is this beautiful small city, Turku. The River Aura is the heart and soul of this city, which happens to be the oldest city in Finland & also at one time the Capital city for hundreds of years. Declared once the official Christmas City of Finland & also designated the European Capital of Culture in 2011, this lovely & unique holiday destination would stay in your heart for ever πŸ’Ÿ

 

But this evening of ours is reserved for a very very special event. A Dinner Cruise to Loistokari Island..aboard one of the oldest Steamship, s/s Ukkopekka. To watch our favorite thriller between the two oldest rivals, India & Pakistan πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡΅πŸ‡°

Can’t wait to depart? There we go. All set to board. And reach our dream destination in forty five minutes, just in time to see the first ball being bowled 🏏

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s/s Ukkopekka, the Steamship..
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The journey starts and as we look back
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..and as we move towards our happening evening

The ship is awesome. An oldie, but very much the latest in terms of amenities. Beautiful setting. A lower deck & an upper deck. All our tables are reserved with our name, a welcome card & some starters to start our celebrations. The choice of drinks are all yours. Not on the house though, so be careful πŸ€“

And what better than some lively, lovely Finnish music from the music duo to set the evening rolling. Let’s chill out.

 

As we approach the magical Loistokari, the island is ready to host us. Exclusively WE. The 368 strong Travelwisesr family πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§πŸ‘ͺ

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Come let’s move & have some real fun. And within a few minutes we would also have the live streaming.

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The music duo are back again and this time it is some wonderful music from the 50s & 60s. Dylan, Neil Young, Neil Diamond & more. Hope you are having a great time. Dinner is ready and served. You could start with the starters, before you move on for your full course after a couple of drinks.

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My snacks & dinner combo perhaps is going to look like this 😁

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And of course some wonderful dessert to top it up.

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Some more wonderful sights of sheer pleasure as we continue into the evening. And after a couple of hours when we head back victorious, after a comprehensive win, this is how River Aura would probably look like as we get ready to celebrate our success till wee hours of morning πŸ”πŸΊπŸ·

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Loistokari, would surely be an unforgettable experience ⛴️

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37 Comments Add yours

  1. Sharmistha says:

    Fabulous experience πŸ‘Œ

  2. Jenny says:

    Wow wonderful photos!

  3. Aalok Bhattacharya says:

    Excellent reading

    1. kutercarol says:

      Finland has been on my list of places to visit but not at the top. Your post has changed that! I may need to go sooner than later. Your pics (and the food) look great!

      1. travelwisesr says:

        Thank you Carol 😊 Yes Finland is awesome.

  4. Emily Fata says:

    Having just recently returned home from Finland, I love reading about the places I didn’t have a chance to explore on this trip. I think I’ll have to return this summer, to visit Loistokari!

  5. Cindy Gordon says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Finland. It’s always struck me as such a magical place.

  6. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    I have always dreamed of a grand European vacation. Finland is on the list ! This place you featured is so idyllic, it just seems frozen in time, its natural beauty very well preserved! Thank you for sharing a virtual tour of the place!

  7. I can honestly say I’ve never heard of Loistokari. It does seem like a great place to visit though.

  8. terristeffes says:

    Finland! What a lovely place! I am seeing more and more posts about this place. I have added it to my bucket list, due to writers like you who have opened my eyes to its beauty!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Terri.

  9. Fatima D Torres says:

    The river looks amazing. I hope to see it in person someday.

  10. Ingrid says:

    Loistokari is a unique holiday destination. It’s beautiful colored flowers and waterways provide are incredible to view.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It was a wonder trip Ingrid 😊

  11. Loistokari looks like a fun place to visit. I love the photos. It looks very peaceful. Wish I can visit soon.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It’s a very nice dinner trip to this island on one of the oldest steamship.

  12. sjd68 says:

    I love reading these posts because there are so many wonderful places I have never heard of and may never get to experience except through posts like this. Loistokari Island is beautiful.

  13. Johnny Quid says:

    A truly beautiful city indeed! I’ve always been interested in Finland, as they have a very interested underground music scene. What was that on your plate? Chicken skewers with boiled eggs, some brown, tomato, and something else on the side? Whatever it is, it looked delicious!

  14. lforsythe7040 says:

    Another gorgeous city, and the food looks amazing! I wonder if it floods being located on the river.

  15. aword84 says:

    Such lovely pictures! I love how you pictured the small details, like the flowers and the food you ate.. it made it look so real, like if I had been there as well! It makes me want to go too now!

  16. Lindsay Rae says:

    It does look like an unforgettable experience! What beautiful scene to enjoy your meal by! And the food looked delish!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      O yes Lindsay. Wonderful experience.The steamship,the ride, the music,the island itself & some great food.

  17. What is the name of that food??? I hope it tastes as good as it looks?

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You must visit if you could take some time out 😊

    2. travelwisesr says:

      It’s some chicken,eggs & a cake on my plate but there was so much more.Salads, different varieties of fish, pork, awesome sweet dishes and more 😊

  18. Oh my goodness! Your food looks delicious! It sounds like you had a wonderful time in Loistokari. I had never heard of it prior to this post, but now I’m curious about it!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      It’s an awesome experience Andrea.In fact this place Turku,I fell in love with 😊

  19. You make it feel like I am right there experiencing it! You definitely have the art of travel blogging down! I like the layout of your site too!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Debra.You gave me a lot of happiness 😊

  20. Candace says:

    Gorgeous pics! I’ve never heard of this place before, so thanks for showing me something new.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Candace.

  21. Sounds like a ton of fun! I definitely need to book a cruise this summer to have fabulous adventures like yours

    1. travelwisesr says:

      I an excited.Your happiness is my happiness too 😊

  22. The official Christmas city of Finland. That sounds like an amazing place already! Then you draw the reader in with even more details about your experience and the pictures are lovely, as always. I must admit that I always get excited about seeing your posts because I know I’m going to read about an amazing and wonderful place.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Erica.You give me lots of happiness.When I read your comments, I feel that the purpose behind starting my blog is fulfilled.That I am successful in sharing little bit of happiness.

  23. Megan Kerry says:

    Did you guys get the whole island to yourselves? Amazing! what a cool adventure!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Megan.This island is the exclusive property of the cruise owners. It’s just awesome, the entire experience.

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