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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 16th 2011

OK, so I made it! Yes, me and my bicycle are together here in Tallinn although it was a bit touch and go at Melbourne airport. .. Damn Finnair and Cathay Pacific with their different policies. But thanks to great parents who helped pay a pretty hefty excess baggage fee and that was even after some negotiation. I almost saw my trip fall apart but all's good in the end. And, I am soooo happy (and proud!) to report that I did indeed manage to pump up my tyres, fix my handle bars, put my seat up, put the wheels back on and the pedals too all by myself. Yay! Who would have thunk it. Mind you, I didn't do it in world record time and I did have an audience which was a little disconcerting ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn March 21st 2011

Tallinn, our final stop on our journey through the Baltic States and the final capital in the chain. After this visit we can compare all three and decide which one we prefer. We arrived at the bus station and started walking to our hotel which we’d pre-booked over the internet the day before. We had a little trouble finding any reasonably priced accommodation in Tallinn, which we assumed was because it was the weekend, it’s actually because Tallinn is an expensive destination. The hotel was the first clue, the second clue came when we withdrew money and the ATM spat out euro notes rather than the Estonian Krooni which we were expecting. It turned out that beginning 1 January 2011, Estonia adopted the euro and became the 17th eurozone member state. This was not good news ... read more
Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Old Town from Toompea

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn January 12th 2011

Day 9 I had an early start to get the Lux express bus to Tallinn, The journey took around 7 hours and the buses were very posh with reclining seats and on the TV they had British pop hits from the eighties. So I was entertained with Paul Young, Wham, Limahl, Genesis and a whole host of unforgettable stars from the eighties:-) The bus pitched up at the station and I had to catch a tram to get to the Hostel, but couldnt work out how to pay so I ended up breaking my first law in Estonia by fare dodging. I have now worked out where you pay so I will be being a good boy in future. I was back in an Irish Bar (Molly Malones)that night and got chatting to some Geordie blokes ... read more
Tallin old town
Tallin old town
Tallin old town

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn January 5th 2011

New Year´s Eve in Tallin!! ... read more
celebrating 2011
celebrating 2011
celebrating 2011

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn November 7th 2010

We took the night ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn at 9pm, although there was still light - summer in Northern Europe! By the time we arrived it was dark in Tallinn. Lit lamps on cobble stoned streets in the old town gave the place an ancient yet romantic atmosphere. Walking around Tallinn old town during the day, it is truly as I imagined, colourful and fairyland like with its church spires and onion domes, red roofs, yellow and pink walls, yet fully retaining the old town feel with grey and thick stone and masonry walls and towers. There’s a free 2 hour old town walking tour at midday outside the tourist info centre. Uni students put together this service, they also have paid bike tours and pub crawls. It was very interesting to learn the stories ... read more
Charming old town of Tallinn

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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn October 9th 2010

Am ersten Oktoberwochenende haben wir zu fünft einen Kurztrip ins benachbarte Estland gemacht (ich weiß ich bin spät dran mit dem Entry, aber die Uni nimmt grad viel zeit weg). Wir sind samstags morgens mit einem Reisebus von Ecolines von Riga nach Tallin gefahren. Der Bus war super und das morgendliche Riga ist einfach erfrischend (und soooo neblig, der dicke Nebel verschlingt hier sogar ganze Brücken). Nach 4 Stunden Fahrt sind wir gegen 12 uhr in Tallin angekommen und haben erst das Hostel aufgesucht (The Monk's Bunk). Das lustige daran ist, dass man in allen Hostels in Tallin erst mal die Schuhe ausziehen muss bevor man reinkommt! Das System finde ich gut, dann bleibt es sauber! Das Hostel war super und wir haben in einen 8-Bett-Zimmer mit noch 2 Kerlen aus Israel übernachtet (für 10 €). ... read more
Der Nebel des Grauens
Der Nebel des Grauens Teil 2
ausm Busfenster raus

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn September 3rd 2010

From the Riga main bus station next to the central market I took the next departing bus to Talinn, Eurolines bus cost me roughly 8 dibdobs, about $14. It was gloomy when we left Riga and got worse, it rained through the trip, we stopped at some picturesque town somewhere for 5 minutes, I did not catch the name, actually I did not know when we crossed into Estonia as there were no checkpoints. It was past 2pm when we arrived in Talinn, took about 4 1/2 hours. I left the bus terminal and followed other tourists across the street and somehow found the tram line only I got on the wrong train, it was going the opposite way, a kind woman who spoke only Russian told me to get off the train and go the ... read more
Talinn old town
Talinn old town
Talinn old town

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 27th 2010

Visiting Estonia was never on the itinerary for this trip to Europe, but when our plans changed due to unforeseeable events, I suddenly found myself on a boat heading east from Stockholm across the Baltic Sea. The infamous 40 hour cruises run from Stockholm to Helsinki (Finland), Tallinn (Estonia) or Riga (Latvia) and are known as sleazy, yet quite popular, party boats to Swedes and their Baltic neighbors alike. While this was not my particular interest, ample time in the Stockholm area and a last minute booking bargain made it too irresistible to pass up on my first ever cruise ship experience, however sleazy, and an unexpected day in a Baltic capital. Tallinn being the only option available on the day I wanted to set sail made the decision easy... I was on my way to ... read more
The inside of the old hansa
Baltic sunset
My first time on a cruise ship and it wears the Estonian flag

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 10th 2010

Another early morning and it is really starting to grind on the old CF scale, especially when we could have slept in. Alex decided that 4.30am was a totally acceptable time to get up, however Jo and I did not see eye to eye with him, especially as we had a long day visiting the old city of Tallinn on the cards. By 9am he was still full of beans so we decided the hour walk to the port to catch the ferry was in order. With not far to go we got hit by a fairly large shower of rain with no protection anywhere near us. Unfortunately as it was peak hour the numerous taxis that went past were already full. The kids took it with good hunour at we made it to the ferry ... read more
Ancient streets
Getting down to a meal
Town defence

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 15th 2010

Well, I did a walking tour today… kind of? Haha. When I got to the info tent for the free-tour there was no one else there (other than the guide). I didn’t particularly feel like having a one-on-one tour… so I decided to take things into my own hands and just walk around. I really do love their Old Town - you feel like you’re in a fairytale walking around. (Minus the kajillion souvenir shops, of course). There are all these towers, the cobblestone streets, the narrow alleyways - it’s all great. I climbed up the little hill which is surrounded by and old wall which still has its guard towers and such. Very cool. The main tower, Kiek in de Kok was quite the site (and name...) - built back in the late 1400’s, it’s ... read more
Main square
Niguliste Church
Niguliste Church




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