After a sleepless night when it never got fully dark, my post about midsummer in Åland is going to be a rather picture-laden one.
|The house is traditionally decorated with silver birch branches.|
|Some of the food we consumed last night.|
|Smoked salmon cheesecake made by my mother. It was more than delicious.|
|Various types of cold smoked fish.|
|This was the starters…I kid you not.|
|Schnapps to go with the fish.|
|Traditional Åland decoration for midsummer.|
When it was time for bed, we didn’t forget to pick seven different kinds of wild flowers for Daughter to put under her pillow. According to folklore on this magical night the flowers would ensure she dreamt of her future husband.
|The sun was just setting at midnight.|
|Our view as we finally made our way to the sauna cottage.|
We both promptly woke up at three am when the sun rose again. They say in Finland Midsummer is not sleeping, but for feasting. I may be too old…
|Same view at three am today.|