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Europe » Estonia » Parnu July 7th 2013

It had taken the BBA V2 just over three months to make its way to the northern most point of this adventure and now it was time to start the trek southwards and eventually westwards. Our journey today was a bit short of 200km and will take us down the E67 to a location near the coast just south of Parnu,Estonia's third largest city. The weather remains fine and sunny and after a couple of trips up and down the 5 flights of steps loading the car we walked to the fruit and vegetable market just down the road from the apartment to buy some fresh produce including more strawberries which were absolutely delicious and so sweet. Being Sunday the traffic on the road out of the city heading south was very quiet and we motored ... read more
Produce market near our apartment
The apartment block the flat was located in
Stream on our orienteering trail,Uulu

Europe » Estonia » Parnu July 4th 2012

Was heading south this morning so there was no dawdling and, after packing the suitcase, I went for an early breakfast. After checking out, I loaded my bags on to the bus and, carrying my 5L bottle of water, boarded. By 09h00, the bus was heading across Estonia for Parnu, known as Estonia's Summer Capital. With its leafy streets and pastel-coloured wooden villas, it's easy to see why this proved so popular with it's recent inhabitants - most of whom have returned eastwards! By 11h00, the bus was parked outside the Hotel Parnu and I had several hours in which to view the Red Tower (closed and white), the Tallinn Gate (open and pink) and St. Catherine's Church. I also managed to get to the beach via the Art Nouveau Villa Annende. Lunch was at a ... read more
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Tallinn Gate, Parnu

Europe » Estonia » Parnu June 21st 2012

June 21, Parnu's official first day of summer This morning Heli prepared yet another amazing breakfast. (I will have to fast for months when I return home.) This time she had prepared hard boiled eggs, cheese and meat and some special salty local herring from the Baltic sea (we learned that the Baltic has much less salt than the ocean and because of this many of the fish are unique to this area.) We were instructed to eat the herring with our unsalted hard boiled egg. Delicious! I washed all this down with my kefir and coffee and we were out the door for another tour of Parnu. Heli showed us the little house on the sea where she lived as a child with three other families, one bathroom and one room for each of the ... read more
Amazing therapy room with salt on the walls, floors and ceiling
The beautiful Ekaterina Church
The super charged health capsule on left, massage table on right

Europe » Estonia » Parnu June 16th 2012

ESTONIA PART II PARNU Heli picked us up at the Parnu bus station and began our orientation tour of the lovely seaside spa town that she calls home. Parnu is the ancient home of the Estonians. The first humans settled in Parnu between 9000 and 8500BC. Later Parnu, even before Tallinn, played an important role as a member of the wealthy Hanseatic League. This is reflected in the charming old villas and houses decorated with “wooden lace” that are everywhere throughout the city. Today Parnu is best known for its spas and health centers, its white sandy beaches and its beautiful parks. After a quick drive pointing out her old school, the school where she teaches now, the Old Town center and the spas, Heli suggested a coffee at the beautifully restored Art Nouveau Ammende Villa ... read more
Heli with her Estonian dinner featuring the delicious "fur coat" (center of the table)
Overview of Old Parnu at the Parnu Historical Museum
Heli and Lembit's daughter Margrit and grand daughter Kirke

Europe » Estonia » Parnu July 29th 2011

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Europe » Estonia » Parnu July 28th 2011

bike trip, market, playa, jogging, sauna and barbecue!... read more
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Europe » Estonia » Parnu May 27th 2011

well, i've had a big few days km's wise which is good. was starting to panic that i wouldn't be making my average so i think have been over compensating a little... since have my speedometer installed i've done 314.79km. the average for the last 3 days has been 99km. damn. so what have i seen. this is where i would insert punctuation like question marks but am again stuck with a keyboard that i can't for the life of me work out and am getting frustrated in the process so am opting for ...no punctuation. also, the shift key's not working, can't find the at symbol, arrows don't move etc. you get the drift. back to what i've seen. a LOT of forest. a fair share of dirt road. countless farm houses. not many signs ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Parnu August 27th 2009

Our last stop in Estonia was Pärnu, affectionately known to locals as "Estonia's Miami." Truth be told, on a cool day at the end of tourist season, it felt more like Estonia's Hyannis, which is actually a bit more my speed. We checked into our room for the night, which was as spotless as we'd been led to expect, and was perhaps the roomiest accommodation I've had in a hostel. Then we headed out on the town. Lunch was the first order of business. After wandering the downtown's six blocks for a bit, we decided on a place with bar food where we could sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. We both ordered sausages and fries. Mine came cut up like little octopi. It felt like high-class presentation of kid food. After lunch we decided to ... read more
Lunch in Parnu

Europe » Estonia » Parnu August 26th 2009

about Parnu - but now in TARTU what with the doom and gloom of the Great Wallet Loss Disaster of Parnu of 2009 - what else to report? did I actually see anything? was there anything worthwhile to see? well, yes, sort of. The main thing it was famous for - they are not still open but the building is still there, down at the Strand/beach - is the Mud Baths - a snap of the pink and white building is hopefully attached. the Russians were big onto spa and mud type things - and as they have relatively occupied the place for 100 years before final independence Parnu became one of a few such places to go for the Russian elite etc. Kuressaare was somewhat the same - and still is - but spa tourism ... read more
Parnu - Elizabeth Church - altar
Elizabeth Church - stalls and organ
summer house - Parnu




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