Episode V
Alice in Wonderland The last piece of our Taste of Baltic jigsaw has been assembled. The second half of August and early September was a great time to travel - less busy than the high season, and beautiful too. We found it pleasantly free of tourist crowds and the weather was also co-operating for most of the days.

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Day 11: Åland Islands It was going to be one of those days, when the warmth of the sun is like a balsam, and where a light jacket is sufficient. We headed to the northernmost tip of Åland, and once we were taking a hike on the Troll Path trail, the finest view on the entire journey was suddenly revealed. The full majestic spread of the Baltic Sea was laid out down the hill - a breath-taking display of natural beauty, the sort of scenery that lifts the spirit. There was not a soul to be seen, and the only thing I could feel while looking over the lush forest, blue sea and dramatic coastline was a sense of awe and wonder.

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Day 10: Åland Islands It was a few minutes after seven in the morning, grey clouds were filling the sky and the rain was coming straight and heavy, when Cinderella docked at the town of Mariehamn.

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Day 9: On the sea It was going to be a significant day, as we had a twelve hours sea-journey in front of us. By the time the day was to be over, we were to be voyaging from Stockholm to Åland Islands - a remote land on the margins of the world’s consciousness.

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Here it is: the Baltic Sea. The place that had been in my memories since my early days. I’m closing my eyes and taking myself back to those days when as a young boy I used to spend the whole summers playing on its white beaches. It’s a small handful of experiences that made me feel happy.

Now, I’m coming back there after many years. I don’t know whether the area presents any interest at all for you, but if it does, let me take you with me and my family on our 6000 km long journey alongside its coastline.

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