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A Journey Trough Finland


@ggamus: I'm happy that you like the layout!

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Chapter 4: Porto Neshold Revisited

Construction works at Porto Nesholt have been successfully completed. The engaged people and companies were able to stick to the time-frame, although there were adds to the approved plans. The calculated costs of 1.35 M$ were slightly exceeded because of these adds. The final costs amounted to 1.57 M$.

As we attach great importance on sustainability in Finland we are committed to reduce waste by applying the 3 R's principle: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. So the blown and excavated rocks as well as the wood that had to be cut were worked into building material for the retaining walls and the tenements. The buildings are constructed of contaminant-free and environmentally safe materials. They comply to our low energy consumption standards. Residents are happy to live in an ecological environment.

First, have a look on how it looked like before construction works began.

Pic. 4.00: A view of the former Porto Nesholt.


Pic. 4.01: Now, the new face of Porto Nesholt from the same direction of view (Click pic for HD).


Then some more overviews ...

Pic. 4.02: ... from North (Click pic for HD)


Pic. 4.03: ... from East (Click pic for HD)


Pic. 4.04: ... from South (Click pic for HD)


... and some close-ups:

Pic. 4.05: Here we look down into some backyards that were heavily shadowed by the former rock-wall. Now the residents are very happy to have more light. They look forward to the Green Up of the yards and parts of the retaining walls.


Pic. 4.06: Looking down from the gravel path heading from the East side of the island to the west-gate of the old stronghold. We see the stairs that were added during the construction works, considered as a reasonable shortcut to the upper level homes.


Pic. 4.07: Close-up look down from the east-tower of the ruins.


Pic. 4.09: This house (in the middle with the parasol) was also added to the approved planing.


Pic. 4.10: A close-up onto the afore mentioned stairs.


Pic. 4.11: In the course of the Porto Nesholt expansion the pier below 'Falling Waters' was enlarged to serve the increased demand.


(Side-note: The last picture shows the changed water. In the next update I will show the postponed overviews of Nesholt with the new game water)

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So, by for now. I hope it's been worth the wait...

Again, your comments and suggestions are very much appreciated.


A Journey Through Finland


Thank you again for your enthusiastic comments!

@Lost Realist: Indeed, it takes some time, leveling the terrain especially at junctions and winding roads until I find them fitting...

@Mithrink: There will come more! - Well, I decided to limit each standard update to 10 pics (I personally find, if there are very much details - as I tend to - it would be difficult to grasp it all o.O;) )

@standop: :blush: Uumm, hmmm, well - from 'gimp' ...

@SimCoug, Schulmanator: True, it takes a lot of patience, but it's worth. I love working on slopes - it makes the scenery so much lively and realistic.

@spursrule14: (quote from the post at your "Best of the Best! Weekly edition" just an hour ago)

"Wow - I'm surprised! And pleased. Thanks for the nomination!

Well, I noticed this "Best of the Best" button some two weeks ago, but I didn't realize the meaning - because I simply didn't know about this thread ... LOL :lol: :lol: :lol:

I'm not yet familiar with all that's going on here ..."

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Teaser: Porto Neshold Expands

... editorial of the March 30, 1998 issue of "The Finnean Herald" (Please, read carefully):


More comming soon ...


A Journey Through Finland


@ggamus & Hazani Pratama: Thanks mates!

@LoonyMan: Quote: Gosh, stop being too great! It hurts my eyes...

May be you put on strong sunglasses before you examine this update... 8):D

(Remember: Clicking on the pic opens HiRes - works on pics marked with *Hi)

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Chapter 3: A Walk to the Ruins of the Old Stronghold

The “Chapel of our Lord” was built between 1661 to 1666 from the demolition material of the old romanesque church and material from the old stronghold. Parallel with the extension of the harbour the chapel was refurbished and the grounds were rearranged.

Originally Roman-Catholic the island congregation changed to Lutheran in the 16th century. Despite several attempts of the roman-catholic church to intervene, this young Lutheran congregation was able to withstand the attacks – after their defeat the catholic church was torn down and a new chapel was built.

Our pastor Akinjele – originating from Nigeria – lives in this small home here on the left, nearly hidden between the pine-trees. You can see him outside between the pines, enjoying the outlook...

(Akinjele – by the way – is a name of the Yoruba people and has the meaning: “He fits exactly into the house”) 0:) :]

Pic. 3.01: The “Chapel of our Lord”


Pic. 3.02: … and the neighborhood of our pastor


Opposite we see one of the vineyards hill down the ruins. Beneath, a small torrent flows from a spring just underneath these ruins. The trail up to the remains of the former stronghold starts just where the little torrent passes under the street.

Pic. 3.03: The torrent valley of the Tannach (*Hi)


Pic. 3.04: This home here shelters some of the workers who care for the vineyards and grapevines or who work at the vintage. In between it is available to vacation guests.


But before we hike to the ruins we visit the family Vasaio. They run a pottery workshop, whose products are famous all

over the region – concerning quality and originality.

Pic. 3.05: The pottery workshop of the Vasaio (*Hi)


Pic. 3.06: The paved trail leads to the ruins from north, passing a popular outlook, where people like to rest for a picknick. (*Hi)


Pic. 3.07: The ruins with environs as seen from west... (*Hi)


Pic. 3.08: ...and closer from north – with view down the Gorge gap. Left hand the Gronki estate (see pic 1.09) (*Hi)


Pic. 3.09: A close-up view of the ruins


We leave now the ruins through the west gate of the former stronghold and follow the gravel path, passing the Gronki estate, across the old iron bridge besides Neshold mill back to our home.

Pic. 3.10: The gravel path heading westwards to the ruins


So, by for now. I hope it's been worth the wait...

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Again, your comments and suggestions are very much appreciated.


Chapter 2: Porto Nesholt

A Journey Through Finland


Thank you all for your encouraging comments!

@ Benedict:

The bridge is so perfect here - I bet that took a while to get right.

Not that much – I placed one road tile after the other to get the correct height, then I formed the gap. Placing the water and MMPing took a while until I was content with ...

(Remember: Clicking on some pics opens HiRes - works on pics marked with 'Click for HiRes')

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Chapter 2: Porto Nesholt

Leaving the steel bridge behind – from which we enjoyed splendid views into the Gorge gap and onto the sea – we enter the 'outskirts' of Port Nesholt. Some of the residents kept with the simple rural life. Since many generations these three families live from wood harvest, turkey hen breeding, market gardening and fruit growing.

Pic. 2.01 & 2.02: Rural Life and Farming



Opposite to them resides the family Walker. They always stuck to their British way of life, at least concerning their tenement. Aside they run the 'Ristorante Walker' fashioned in a charming mix of British and Mediterranean style. It is famous not only because of the delicious tomatoes the Walkers grow themselves...

The close-by rural market year-round offers agricultural products, fish and seafood, handicraft products for daily needs and artisanry mainly for tourists.

Pic. 2.03: Ristorante Walker and Rural Market


Directly underneath the Ristorante Walker, down the cliffs, there lives a kind of headstrong chap, who is only known by the name Hannibal. As a young nonconformist he arrived our island some 50 years ago, gave willingly a helping hand where accepted but always stuck to his peculiarity. Eventually he built this little hut, making a living from chicken and pigs. On his old days people often see him sitting at the beach in serenity, fishing and – carving...

He is well known for his quirky driftwood carvings and tourists love to buy them at the market.

Pic. 2.04: Hannibal's Hut


Porto Nesholt was documentary mentioned the first time in the year 1286. Back then it was built of only a few huts surrounding a landing place. The present-day village is made up of a single street, on both sides lined commercial and residential houses, cafés and restaurants, the market at the southern and a small church at the northern end.

In the 80th a vehicle traffic ban was enacted, allowing only residents and deliverers access by car to the village. Initially some tourists had problems with that, so a barrier was necessary. The little gatehouse you see at the end of the ascending street is a remainder from that time...

Pic 2.05 The Village of Porto Nesholt (Click for HiRes)


Pic. 2.06 Backyard-flair and cosy Cafés (Click for HiRes)


Pic 2.07 The Chapel with Cemetery


In the course of the traffic ban the harbor facilities were almost completely renewed, whereupon the more than 230 year old quay walls were thoroughly restored. The small ferry landing, the 'captaincy office' and the harbor restaurant were modernized and sufficient parking lots were built.

Pic. 2.08 The Harbor of Porto Nesholt as seen from west … (Click for HiRes)


Pic. 2.09 … and from north (Click for HiRes)


A wooden planked concrete bridge connects the island with the mainland. Island residents are allowed to use it with their cars and light delivery vehicles. Apart from that the bridge is subject to pedestrians.

Pic. 2.10 The Bridge to the Mainland (Click for HiRes)


Next time we take a walk up to the ruins of the old stronghold.

So, by for now. I hope it's been worth the wait...

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Again, your comments and suggestions are appreciated.


A Journey Through Finland


Thank you all for your welcome and your encouraging comments!

@ varnothing: I tried a bunch of rock mods and found this one most fitting.

@ Kruness: 't was a hard work...

(Note: Clicking on the pic opens HiRes - works on most pics)

Intermezzo 1: Diving and Playing with Dolphins

Just let us linger on the bridge - gazing into the Gorge gap - letting our eyes wander up from the spring down to the sea.

Pic 1.01Z:


A little bit south we watch Dimitry Dytes scuba diving school. He is a diving crack - famous all over Finland. But locals know him as a rascal, who sometimes plays cheap tricks on tourists...

Pic. 1.02Z:


Dolphins down the coast! The news spread rapidly - ​A group of divers and watchers hired two of Dimitry's boats. Obvious that Dimitry too is on the spot...

Pic. 1.03Z: Here we see him (in the foreground with yellow fins) greeting his friend 'ClickPfiff'


See you in Port Nesholt...



A Journey Through Finland


Chapter 1: Ancestral Home of the Tandini

Since 22 generations our family home is located on an island off the coast. Its name Nesholt derives partly from our Italian-Greek roots, partly from Nordic influence: Greek 'Nesos' = Island, 'Holt' = town names in Island, Norway and on some British Islands. On top of the island there are still ruins of the old stronghold, which was inhabited over seven generations. In the 14th century a mansion was founded beneath the stronghold, directed to the open sea. Since then the mansion is the home of the Tandini.

Pic 1.01: The Island Nesholt (from west)



Pic 1.02: The Island Nesholt (from north)


Pic 1.03: The Island Nesholt (from east)


Not always did my ancestors stand out by modesty... In the 17th century the fairly modest mansion was reconstructed into a noble palace, surrounded with spacious parks.

Then the world changed – depression, world wars...

The attitude of people changed, what resulted in decreasing acceptance of the rising maintenance costs. My father, whose interests were more with wine growing, abdicated the administrator charge and expanded the growing of wine. By very successful cuttings and excellent wine creations he considerably relieved the financial pressure.

Already in my young-manhood I developed a strong proposition to reconstruct our family home completely: once again it should become modest and I wanted it to blend harmonically into the surrounding nature. Based on a famous building of the well known architect Frank Lloyd Wright resulted an organic site that fits well our representative requirements.


Pic 1.04: The near environment of our family home



But my son holds that the boreal planting of the estate doesn't really match the rather Mediterranean nature of Nesholt. Well, this seems to become one of my charges when I pass the chair to my son...

Pic 1.05: Falling Waters



Beneath our estate a boardwalk runs down to our pier we opened to the public. It became a popular stomping ground to marvel at the flora and fauna of the sea.

Pic. 1.06: View from the pier



From the upper entrance to our home an old iron bridge leads to the mill. In Finland we attach great importance to preferably natural and decentralized supply in all respects. Therefore, additionally to the two wind turbines, this mill serves mainly as electrical power supply. Because of lack of space to grow grain, we get the needs from the mainland, but flouring it our own...

Pic. 1.07: The mill



Pic. 1.08: The two wind turbines near the 'Turtle Beach'



Passing the sheep-run right hand up the hill a gravel path leads to the property of the family Gronki. There you get organic turkey meat and delicious pine and flower honey!

Pic. 1.09: The Gronki Estate



Immediately behind the Gronki start the vineyards  the gravel path leads in wide turn up to the castle ruin. Beneath the property of the Gronky the path passes a steel bridge leading to the only village on Nesholt. The scenic point above the steel bridge offers splendid views into the Gorge gap and onto the sea.

Pic. 1.10: A paradise for divers – but somehow dangerous...



Well, bye for now – next time you are invited to visit Porto Nesholt.

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Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.




A Journey Through Finland


A warm 'Hello' to all and welcome to my first RP.

First of all, please don't be too critical with my English, cause I'm not a native speaker...

After posting at the German SimForum competition “Best Harbour Village”, where I was elected as 2nd winner, and at the “Best Mountain Village” competition (2nd part) as single participant, I was asked to present a MD of my work...

I have to admit that I'm pondering since some time about starting a RP, but I was hesitant because of the work that would involve, especially concerning regular updates. On the other hand I'm well aware that it would be nothing more than fair to give something back for all the DL's that fill my plugin folder with more than 2 GB...

So I want to thank you all – for all the inspirations by those famous ' Painters' and 'Stone-Pushers' like Paeng and Framly (only to mention two of them) – and for all the hard work of you MODers, PROPers, BATers and LOTers!

When I started with SimCity I mainly built huge cities, but with lots of parks, green zones and lakes (as soon as this was possible). With the time my interests changed to building smaller villages surrounded by agricultural areas and rural nature. But after some frustrating efforts because of a lack of missing possibilities – I gave it up...

Some three years ago I rediscovered SimCity – and I was overwhelmed!

First I only was lurking around, gazing at CJs, MDs and RPs and massively downloading content. Then I loaded the SC4 San Francisco region – and started off...

Well, time of enjoying in privacy is over – Hello world!

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Finland (yes, with only one 'n') was discovered by the famous adventurer and explorer Finn Tandini many centuries ago. This virgin paradise that he found at the (back then known) world's end impressed Finn so deeply, that after returning home, only few years later people saw him under canvas again – as commander of a small fleet rife with settlers full of expectations, with them his family and many of his relatives and friends.

Historical records say that the settlers wanted to name this new land in honour of the discoverer 'Finnland' – but he refused. In his humble but firm manner, he achieved that one 'n' was cut – thus giving the country name a new double meaning: 'Finland' – the 'fine' land at the world's 'finale'...

So then, may I introduce myself?

I am Finn Tandini, descendant in direct line of the famous explorer in 26th generation. As many of my forefathers so I too was elected as country administrator. And the people say that I would do this task well.

Since some years I'm teaching my son – after he earnestly showing interest – to step into my shoes. He comes along on our

Journey through Finland


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