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May 2014
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Ekenas © Plume

In summer, the Finnish love to relax by the sea on the beaches in this marina town. The city layout has not changed since its inception in 1546, and street names reveal the trades that were practiced at the time, such as the Street of Linen Weavers or the Street of Glovemakers. Originally a fishing village and trading port, the town has been a resort destination for 100 years and offers the charm of its colorful and bright facades and narrow streets. A typical window will be decorated mostly with small and charming characters to act as entertainment to passersby. Also known for its famous artists, Alvar Aalto grew up here and Ekenäs inspired the painter Hélène Schjerfebeck who adorned many of her paintings with its landscapes and the romantic atmosphere that reigns throughout the city.

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