Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Travel Tales – Louhisaari Manor

We made a little road trip last weekend, and I thought I’d share some travel tales with you. Due to our interest in the 17th century, we decided to visit the Louhisaari Manor in South West Finland (read more about the place in Finnish or in English). The gorgeous white main building, now a museum, dates back to the 1650s.

The first and the third floor have been furnished in the 17th and 18th century style.

Note the rug on the table rather than on the floor (they were rare and expensive, so people did not want to trample on them but used them as decorative items):

The ceiling above the stairs has frescoes from the 17th century, and the ceilings in the third floor are all absolutely stunning.

Books, 17th century style.

I bet there are secret compartments in this desk!

Some pics from the 19th century part of the manor.

A lovely study with old books.

On the wall was a drawing of our hero, Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, but I think his horse steals the show! :D

The manor is surrounded by a beautiful park with old trees and a garden.

There is a gift shop, too. I found this sign hilarious - it says, "Buy your own manor house! Now you can afford it. Louhisaari miniature 0,50 €."

A drink named after the manor is made of lemons and black currant leaves. It was a warm day and we were very thirsty after the tour, so we bought a bottle and sipped some in the shade. It was delicious! My mother used to make it when I was a child, so the taste brought back many memories.

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