Thursday, August 03, 2006

Thursday Thirteen: 13 places I visited in July

July was a busy time. At night I'm dreaming about train stations and airports and wake up at 3 a.m. not knowing where I am. So here's where we've been. The trip to Finland was to visit friends of 30 years; to Russia just because we could; and the Ohio/Indiana sites were part of an architectural tour taken each summer by Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts from Columbus, OH and vicinity.

1. Helsinki, Finland, see the city with web cam.
2. Suomenniemi, South Karelia, Finland, see my blogs
3. Suomenlinna, Finland (6 islands that make a fortress), see my blog.
4. Porvoo, Finland. See my blog.
5. Hvitträsk, Finland, home of the Saarinens before they moved to the USA. See my blog soon. "Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context - a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan." Eliel Saarinen (1873-1950)
6. Tallinn, Estonia, see my blog.
7. Vyborg, Russia (Actually, we were only at the train station for an hour while they checked passports. This town used to be in Finland.)
8. St. Petersburg, Russia; I haven't had time to get all the blogs up, but they're coming. A very interesting city.
9. Pushkin, Russia to see Tsarskoe Selo. Read a first hand account of what happened in 1917.
10. Springfield, Sidney and Dayton, OH on a Frank Lloyd Wright Tour. The architecture is amazing. The bank in Sidney was designed by Sullivan, Wright's mentor and employer.
11. Columbus, Indiana, rated the 5th most important site in the USA for architecture. But don't clutter your sanctuary if your building is world-class and famous.
12. Madison, Indiana, old river town on the Ohio River with 133 restored blocks of homes. I haven't posted about it--yet.
13. Cincinnati, Ohio to see two Frank Lloyd Wright homes, and we got inside! We also saw the new museum of contemporary art. Thumbs down from this visitor.

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Carmen said...

I'm jealous over the Russia trip. I'm going to try to go next summer, barring any political issues.

GreekGoddess said...

oh wow you have been busy traveling!!! I used to travel so much but now the only place I wanna go is Greece..

Buttercup said...

I've always been interested to go to Finland and Russia. The closest I've gotten so far is Sweden and Norway.

Anonymous said...

You've been real busy, yes!

Ah, those were places in Finland where I haven't been, despite the fact that my mother comes from Finland and I've been there the first 12 summers of my life. But our relatives all lives between Turku and Helsinki.

Haven't been to Tallinn either, despite the fact that I have a lot of relatives there too. I don't want to because of the bad management of the countries. My father deserted from both the army of Russia and German during the world war and I've heard so much sad and bad things from our relatives, so I have no desires to go there.

I guess it different from a plain tourist point of view though :-)

Renee Nefe said...

I can't wait to go traveling all over...after I win the lotto or something. ;o)

Sounds like you're having a great time...color me jealous.

Ghost said...

I am so jealous that you've gone to those places to visit. Thanks for the tour.

MaR said...

what an interesting list and thanks for the links, I love traveling. In fact my TT is about my last vacation. Happy TT :)

Anonymous said...

That's a lot of traveling! Someday after the kids are out of college, I hope to go to some of the places on your list. Happy Thursday!

Raggedy said...

That is a lot of travel!
Great list..

My TT is up

Shari said...

I loved reading about some of your travels! I've bookmarked your site and will be back to read more... I also like your thoughtful commentary on Ann Coulter's book - I flipped through it in a Sam's Club and knew right away I would think it ridiculous. I just couldn't pinpoint why.

My Thursday Thirteen is up. :-)

K said...

Aw, I'm jealous of all the places you were able to travel to!! Glad you had a nice trip though!! :)

Have a great Thursday!!