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July 30th 2006
Published: October 1st 2017
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Tallinn is infinitely charming, especially after the cruise ships departed.

In the morning, we took the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn. (We are on the ferry, because it is very difficult to get from St. P to Tallinn; it's almost as if the Estonians don't want the Russians to visit. Hmmm.) It's a bumpy ride to Tallinn but not unbearable. Passport control is long once we reach Estonia but we get a cab to the airport and rent our car without difficulty.

After checking into our hotel (which has a screen and keyboard allowing free Internet access in every room; the Estonians are serious when they say they are really Scandinavian), we walk to old town. We have a delicious lunch at a restaurant on the main square and spend a lot of time sitting, people-watching. Then, once the cruise ship crowds return to their ship, we walked around the old mediaeval town, taking many photos. It is very charming; wonder how the 18th-19th century rebuild passed it by; but it makes it a great place to visit -- mediaeval without the pig slop and plague.

As we have coffee at a cafe in the center of town, the breeze comes up. It is cool, but it is still lovely to sit outside until evening comes -- very late. Once twilight hits, we returned to the hotel and dined at their cafe.

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