Prepare to be enchanted as you explore this island city founded in 1861 by Tsar Alexander II who named it after his wife. With dazzling natural resources as far as the eye can see, you will want to set off on foot to the Maritime Museum to discovery the rich history during the heyday of the Russian Empire. The streets, lined with lime trees from the eastern to the western harbor offer a smorgasbord of shopping, dining, museums and galleries. Look for locally crafted hand-knotted sweaters, jewelry, textiles, glass and ceramics. Enjoy the local seafood or the specialty meat, ostrich. Later stop for coffee and Aland Pancake served with stewed prunes and whipped cream.
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