It’s a bit embarrassing how little I have been showing and telling about my beautiful home town Rauma. Once I bought my new camera, I got an excellent excuse to go for a sunny afternoon walk to the old town. I’m going to show you some shots I took, but just as a heads up, the following pictures are taken without having any sort of knowledge of photography and without touching the manual settings of the camera. Neither have the pictures been edited, only transferred to computer and uploaded to this blog.
I’m starting a photographing course in two week’s time. At the end of May, once I have completed the course, I will make another sunny walk in the old town, just for comparison. Then it’s time to make the big revelation: can old dog really learn new tricks, like photography. But now back to the point, which is Vanha Rauma, in English also referred as Old Rauma.
By the way, it’s quite a funny feeling to act as a tourist in your home town. Have you ever tried?
Vanha Rauma – Old Rauma…
…was listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1991. Our little winter walk starts from the Eastern end of Kuninkaankatu, which is one of the two main streets of the wooden old town.
Right after Rauma Art Museum we take the left turning, walk for a few meters along Itäkatu to reach Kauppakatu, which is the second one of the two main streets of Old Rauma. We are heading West, towards the market square.
The narrowest street in Finland, called Kitukränn, is located in Old Rauma. Here you can also test how well you know our Rauma language, ‘Rauman giäl’. Don’t worry, even Finnish people can’t read, speak or understand it.
After passing Kitukränn, we continue towards the market square, where the old seat of the town council, built in 1776, can be found.
Below is the view from the Western end of Kauppakatu towards the market square.
Both, the old and the new town hall buildings are standing next to the canal, ‘Rauman ganal’, flowing through the city centre. The old town hall is a lot more picturesque, compared to the new one that you can see on the left side in the shot below. I promise, at the end of May I will show you a lot more artistic picture of the old town hall.
Actually, I’ve heard a rumor that the tower of the old town hall is haunted. Crazy ghost hunter as I am, I need to find out more information about this topic, in order to give you a detailed report.
From the canal we turn back to the old town. The picture below is taken from the Western end of Kuninkaankatu (the first one of the two main streets) walking towards the market square. Once reaching the market, we’ll take the left turning where a tiny river is flowing.
Next to the river we’ll find the last stop of our afternoon walk, the ‘Church of the Holy Cross’. This Saturday, which is the Valentine’s Day, there will be a non stop wedding event in this church. That means a plenty of happy couples saying (hopefully) ‘I do’ and the minister having a very busy day!
As a comic relief to our little walk I will show you a couple of interesting pictures of a pair of sneakers, that has been hanging from the power cables at least for a year now. Mystically, every now and then they move a little bit, but still stay up in the air. So, in case you are interested in climbing and need a pair of free shoes, welcome to Rauma!