Road-Trip Photo Blog #1: Pohjanmaa, Kokkola-Pietarsaari-Ylistaro

Date: 2.9.2017 Satu and I, plus Boris the Dog, took a drive to explore parts of Pohjanmaa that we don’t know so well. Below is a photo blog of our road trip. Hopefully, the first is a regular series.

Etelä-Pohjanmaa & Pohjanmaa – Seinäjoki–Kokkola–Pietarsaari–Ylistaro,22.2411419,8.61z/data=!4m2!6m1!1s1mF32uLkQwcQv6NdOzWSltf5hvsQ

Etelä-Pohjanmaa – Seinäjoki to Kokkola

 Keski-Pohjanmaa – Kokkola

English boathouse and gunboat
“In the summer of 1854 during the battle of Halkokari (The Crimean War) a gunboat was captured with its crew. The captured gunboat with its battle damage still visible is on display in the ‘English Park’ in Kokkola.”

An honourable mention also to Cafe-Restaurant Kulma at Rantakatu 10 for another good lunch – Mark

Pohjanmaa – Kokkola to Pietarsaari/Jakobstad

Skata – The Old Wooden House District of Pietarsaari/Jakobstad

“Norrmalm or “Skata”, is one of Finland’s largest continuous areas of old wooden houses. Until the latter part of the 18th century most of Norrmalm’s inhabitants were seamen and their families. The district was rapidly changed to a working-class district when the Strengberg tobacco factory expanded in the 1890s and became the the biggest employer in the town. Skata was protected in 1982 and it has largely preserved in its original state. Strict regulations ensure that the area will retain its authentic look and history. Today Skata is one of the most desirable residential districts in Jakobstad. “

Pohjanmaa – Oravainen ‘Kivipuisto’ Stone Park

“There are a total of about 100 rock types in the Kivipuisto from all over Finland. The stone park is located in Oravais by the sea, next to the Oravainen Kahvituva (coffee shop). It is open to all and free of charge.”
Geologiset luontokohteet website

Etelä-Pohjanmaa – Isokyrö to Seinäjoki

“Ylistaro Church is the third tallest church in Finland. Its main body rises to a height of 52 meters. The church hall can accommodate some 2,500 people in three different levels.” Not bad, seeing that Ylistaro has a population of 5,576 – Mark
Wikipedia (Finnish)

Next road trip: Raipaluotto/Kvarken Archipelago, Vaasa (subscribe to the Explore Finland blog to ensure you don’t miss it!)

◊◊◊ Mark ◊◊◊

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