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Published: August 15th 2014
Parnu Estonia 14 August 2014
We arrived in Parnu in time for lunch. This is a resort seaside city, with a small harbour in the South-Western part of Estonia. We again visited the very helpful Tourist office which is built onto the restored Town Hall. We have some fantastic books on the country which makes it really interesting to look around a new area.
This town has lots of restaurants and cafes as well as accommodation. The beech is of clean sand but the water is not very deep at all and we saw people walking a long distance from the shore and still only up to their knees in water.
The city is famous for its spas, in addition to its beach and beautiful parks. It is also a popular place for conferences, theatre performances and concerts. In 1838 the first spa was opened and nowadays Pärnu is a health resort of international stature.
During the Great Northern War, the University of Tartu was relocated to Pärnu from 1699-1710. Tartu University still has a branch campus there today.
Since 1996 Pärnu has been known as Estonia's Summer Capital. The town was reasonably busy but we
heard that in the height of summer holidays (which ended 2 weeks ago) because of the beach life, dozens of festivals, night clubs, concerts and funfairs - Pärnu has big crowds.
Pärnu is an ancient Hanseatic town where a medieval festival and an arts and crafts fair are also held every summer.
We visited several of their churches, walked along all their pedestrian malls and eventually stopped at one of the restaurants for coffee etc. As we were waiting for our order to arrive, we heard Australian accents from the table next to us. I leaned over and said that in the middle of Estonia we should sit down next to a table full of Australians....and they were from Brisbane driving around Estonia. A small world! We shared travel stories for a short time then left them to it and drove to Piade which is even more into the middle of the country.
We wanted to visit another Castle there as it was a little different. It is now an entertainment centre, restaurant made from local produce and a winery. We arrived at 6.00pm and it closed at 7.00pm so we just made it. A
church was connected to the castle.
In the basement, we found the restaurant and the wine tasting area. We tasted their black current, blueberry, and apple wines. They don't make grape wines. We ended up buying the black current and apple wines which were nice and dry. They had some aged fruit liquors but were too sweet for us. They also made other foods which were for sale. We had an interesting chat with the lady who was offering the tastings, then drove around this riverside town then headed towards Tartu in the east of the country, the second biggest city in Estonia.
Roads continue to be excellent. The weather wasn't as good. It had started to shower with rain but nothing too heavy. We arrived in Tartu at about 7.00pm, found a park next to a park and cooked dinner at 'home'.
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