With its graceful waterfront, and sailboats tacking back and forth against the summer sky, Mariehamn, the capital of Aland, a Finnish archipelago comprised of 6,500 islands in the middle of the Baltic, is about as close to Shangri-la as one can find near the troubled continent of Europe these days.
Mariehamn may only be four hundred kilometers from Riga, but for all intents and purposes, it is on the other side of the world. To be sure, Mariehamn’s Elysian calm is only partly the product of its unique top...
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