At the end of the 19th century, when Finland was still a Grand Duchy of Russia, Tsar Alexander III took a liking to the bountiful fish at Langinkoski, a set of rapids on the Kymi river in Kotka, about an hour’s drive from Helsinki. So, in 1888 he built a fishing lodge right on the banks of the water. Looking at the lodge, I got the impression that someone had designed a beautiful little cabin, then multiplied all the dimensions by two.
The Emperor furnished the cabin with products from the very best Finnish craftsmen available, and he and his family visited the lodge several times to enjoy the simplicity of their surroundings. The Emperor would take his young children fishing and walking through the woods.
[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures of Finland.]