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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn March 4th 2022

The Estonian parliament building, Tallinn old town and Telliskivi In March 2020 we took the ferry from Stockholm to Tallinn in Estonia. We went on a so called cruise, meaning that we spent two nights in the ferry and one day in Tallinn. Little did we then know that we wouldn't travel abroad for almost two years. Now let’s fast-forward to March 2022. Now we once again found ourselves on a cruise to Tallinn. Even though we have travelled quite a bit in Sweden these last two years, we have to say that it feels very good to finally be able to travel to foreign countries again. Tallinn historical city centre The main attraction in the Estonian capital is the World Heritage listed historical city centre. The old town with its city wall is an unusually ... read more
The white hall
Plenary Hall
Corridor in the parliament building

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 26th 2021

This is the record of my trip to Estonia from 5 June - 11 June 2021. I am going to Estonia to support an artist friend of mine who is staging an exhibition in Tallinn - "Kimono: The Essence of Japanese Beauty". I am going with her to demonstrate the Tea Ceremony.... read more
On 5th June, 2021 The Narita express

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 28th 2019

I walked some more in the medieval portions of Tallinn this morning. I walked by the parliament building and looked in the Russian Orthodox church across the square. There was a service going on in the church when I was there with incense and a men’s choir and many parishioners. My guidebook says that it’s OK to visit the church during services, but I felt awkward doing so. (No photos are allowed inside, service or not.) I left the church and a little later I came to a nice viewpoint that looks out over the medieval center of town. It was crowded with tour groups and I had to (figuratively) elbow my way to the railing to get a picture. In the afternoon I visited the Estonian National Art Museum called Kumu. They have displays of ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 27th 2019

Today I arrived in Tallin, Estonia after crossing the Baltic in the overnight ship. Tallinn’s best feature is its medieval Old Town and I wandered around there today. I saw the hotel called The Three Sisters and, of course, had to take a photo for Maggie and Carol and Diane. I visited the museum of Estonian History and learned a bit more about this corner of the world. In the Middle Ages it was dominated by the German traders of the Hanseatic League. After WWII it was occupied by the USSR, but then staged a successful - and bloodless - revolution to gain its independence when the Soviet Union fell. Today it is a part of NATO and the European Union and is a modern, foward-thinking country, even if most of us Americans couldn’t find it ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 19th 2019

Yesterday, Kieran flew into Helsinki & joined us for dinner, he plans to shadow our tour for the next 9 days by arranging his own transport & accommodation. Sunday we left Scandinavia behind & boarded a morning ferry for a 3 hr trip to Tallinn, capital of Estonia. On arrival we checked into the Tallink Express Hotel for a 2 night stay before an orientation walk around the World Heritage listed city. It’s immediately obvious to see why the city is now considered the best preserved medieval city in Northern Europe with the surrounding skyline dominated by Gothic spired churches, grand merchant houses, barns and warehouses along winding cobblestone streets. The major sites were the largely intact 13th-century old town buildings, walls & observation towers, the town hall & spire & the Toompea Castle, where Parliament ... read more
Narrow street view
Old city walls
Old city walls

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 21st 2019

STILL CRUISIN' TALLINN, ESTONIA July 21, 2019 I am feeling better today. Aylin and I finally found our guide for the tour of Tallinn, an old city in Estonia. I looked forward to learning more about the people and their customs. Our guide led us to a hill that looked over the harbor. We wandered the streets of old town looking at souvenirs and taking pictures. It seemed like we walked for hours. We had a little time to explore on our own. Then we sat at a small table in the sun, ate French fries with our tea, and watched people. Back on board, I went to the pool to relax. I soaked my feet and visited with some other women. I swam a little. Then I found Aylin. We had a snacky dinner, swam, ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 27th 2019

Monday 27thMay 2019 A Taste of Tallinn - Estonia It’s a while since we were last in Estonia, 2012 if I remember correctly. On that occasion we were travelling from Latvia up Estonia’s west coast in our Burstner motorhome stopping off at the seaside resort of Parnu and the Soomaa National Park before reaching Tallinn. This time we’re doing it the easy way, flying Ryanair in a Boeing 737– 800 red-eye, from London Stansted to Tallinn in a little over two hours. (I’ve flown in many flying machines in my day, but you’ll not get me in a 737 MAX – ever!) As this is our second visit to Tallinn, it’s likely to be a rather more leisurely affair, having previously visited all of the city’s major sights in the company of our dear Estonian friend, ... read more
From the Flower Market
Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Old Town

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 15th 2019

Our ship pulled into its berth in Tallinn, Estonia, at around 9 AM this morning, after a smooth trip from Stockholm overnight. The weather conditions continue to be chilly in the morning, but reach the 50s by afternoon, with blue skies and sunshine. It seems we've left our weather woes behind us, at least for the moment. The Baltic Sea conditions during the first few days of our cruise have been unbelievably calm. Tonight, as we cruise to St. Petersburg, Russia, it looks like a sheet of glass. The shore excursion planned for today departed from the ship by 10 AM, when we boarded a bus with a tour guide (Anne) who would prove to be a real gem. What a difference from yesterday's experience in Stockholm! She is a native Estonian, educated in Britain, in ... read more
Russian Orthodox Cathedral
Town Hall Square
Town Hall

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 11th 2019

Estonia- We had a wonderful day in Tallinn, Estonia and this place has made it to one of our best ever stops list. The day started with a usual....from the port to the walled city or town. The walk this time was barely a kilometre and much more bareable than the one the day before. It helped that you could see parts of the town as we walked, spires from churches and the classic Russian style roof of one of the orthodox buildings, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Estonia is independent from Russia, obvious really because the locals are fully aware of how to smile....They declared their independance in 1991 from what was then the old Soviet Union. Estonia is actually one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. If you ever get a chance ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn April 14th 2019

Nukuin huonosti, ensin klo 2 - 5. Kävinkin sitten aamiaisella ekan kerran klo 7 - 8, sain nukuttua vähän ja toisen kerran aamiaiselle klo 10.30. Halusin käyttää joukkoliikennettä, koska päivälippu olisi vain 3 euroa. Mentiin yhdessä Kardiogiin. Jatkoin sitten yksin ratikalla länteen, kävelin viehättävällä Telliskiven alueella, jossa en ollut käynyt ennen, ja kävin edestakaisin Mustamäen kaupunginosassa. Myöhemmin ajoin vielä ratikalla itään päin, ja kävin samassa pikaruokapitseriassa kuin vuosi sitten. Illalla seurasin Suomen vaalien tuloksia hotellin baarissa.... read more

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