Lake Saimaa, the fourth largest lake in Europe, situated in southeastern Finland between the cities of Lappeenranta and Joensuu and is a diverse chain of waters almost 200 kilometers long.
Map of Karelia and page on it's history (which I haven't even really delved into myself)
Finland by Asko Kuittinen - Imgur
Kokkola, Finland ~ A place in my heart and this is about what it looked like when we went.
Lappeenranta castle area. Stonemade road.
Lake view, Finland http://www.travelbrochures.org/241/europa/travel-finland Land of 60,000 lakes!