The book fair was nice enough, though as a part-time antiquarian book seller I wasn't too interested in getting back to work on my day off, but Suvi is a book addict (guess where we met?!?!) so here we went. In case there are any Finnish readers, Turku is dashed expensive for used books. But Suvi did find an Alexandre Dumas book that she didn't have, so it was a successful trip.
The Castle was very nice also. It was started in the 1200, but was gradually expanded gaining its final form only in the 1700s or so. It has a rather nondescript history with no real military victories that could be claimed - only a series of embarassments and fires!
It is a nice place to visit with many corridors to go spelunking in (yes, it's as dark as a cave sometimes). We spent several hours (and several kilometers) exploring the castle, so we were ready for lunch - also it being a 4km walk from the center of Turku increased our hunger. So we went to Turku's Restaurant VIA for a late lunch / early dinner. We had a nice glass of Conti Bernardi Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Spumante Extra Dry NV
with our food (pastas with sundry sauces). It was cold and fizzy so did the trick. No real remembrances of it except it was nice and typical. The food of Turku's VIA didn't quite match Helsinki's though, but was nice enough anyway.
We also popped the (dashed annoying and illegalisable) plastic cork of an interesting Loire Gamay I recently purchased: Serge Batard Domaine Les Hautes Noëlles Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France Gamay 2005
Purple but see through. The nose is floral, mineral, bloody, herbal, a little earthy and of course has all the typical Gamay raspberry scents. Very nice! The palate, which has a very, very slight youthful spritz on it still, is very fruity and well structured with both fine tannins and high acidity, but still light bodied with 12% abv, and a very intensely mineral aftertaste almost bordering on metallic! If this were at the rumoured ex-cellar price of about 3€ I would buy a couple cases. At the almost 15€ that it costs here, however, I'll only be buying the odd bottle when I need my Gamay fix.
It was really nice to spend a couple days with Suvi sharing our passion for books, history and the good life. 'Tis a pity she's tomorrow going back to the archaeological digs for a month.
I don't drink wine because of religious reasons ... only for other reasons.