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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 walk....as 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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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn April 13th 2019

Nukuin klo 7 asti. Junahan lähti klo 10. Kerkesin hyvin syödä aamupalan ja kävellä asemalle hiukan eri reittiä kuin eilen. Olin ostanut paikan ykkösluokkaan, jotta sain varmasti istumapaikan. Junamatka maksoi 14 euroa. Tallinnan asemalla ei ollut sopivaa kahvilaa. Ratikalla hotellille, jonne Jukka oli tullut edellisenä iltana. Suihkun jälkeen kaupungille. Käytiin ensin Energia-nimisessä lähikahvilassa. Käveltiin vanhankaupungin läpi rautatieaseman torille. Lopulta pieni ja kallis annos Humalakodassa. Palasimme Toompean kautta, pullakahvit Vapauden aukiolla. Aurinkoinen, mutta viileä ilma. Kävin vielä oluella Teijon kanssa, joka oli sattumalta myös Tallinnassa.... read more
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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn February 7th 2019

My final day in Tallinn had arrived. I had been undecided about going to the KGB museum as it was rather expensive and the reviews online weren't too good. However, since it was winter and a lot of the tours that I had wanted to do out of the city weren't running, I felt that I could now justify the cost. The tour has to be booked and paid for in advance online. There are only two daily option in English and I went for the morning one at 11 am. Since I had some time before the tour, I went for a walk up Toompea as we had been there on the walking tour and I wanted to go back by myself. I took the direct route from my hostel and on the way I ... read more
Johan Pitka
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Toompea Castle

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn February 5th 2019

I can't decide whether I like that nothing seems to open until 10 am here. It does mean that I can get some extra sleep and take my time getting ready, but I also feel like if things were open earlier, I could see and do more each day. After a leisurely breakfast, I headed to the Old Town. I wanted to go to the Tallinn City Museum, but since it didn't open until 10 am I had to take my time on the walk. I had a bit of a walk around taking some pictures. Everything was covered with a light dusting of snow making it look really pretty. I wandered down a few backstreets, too, and found a really cute little alleyway. It was also home to 14-15th century tombstones from St. Catherine's Dominican ... read more
Freedom Square
Freedom Square
Old Town

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn February 4th 2019

I was going to take the tram from a stop that was apparently nearer to the hostel, but after speaking to the receptionist, I decided to head to the central station as there would be no ticket machine at the other stop. I trudge up to the station and when I tried to use the ticket machine I found out that it was card only, great! Then my card wouldn't work on the machine. Seriously, could anything else go wrong this morning. I headed into the station and found a convenience store that sold tickets, 2.90 euros, and then made my way back outside. I only had to wait couple of minutes for the tram and it was heaving when I got on. Monday morning rush hour in Helsinki. The journey to the ferry terminal took ... read more
Town Hall Square
Side Street
Town Hall

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn September 29th 2018

This morning we will take a ferry across the Gulf of Finland to end this tour where it began, in Helsinki, Finland. Right now we are in gorgeous Tallinn, Estonia, the last of the three capital cities of the Baltic States. Heading in to this trip, fifteen days sounded like almost enough time to explore this part of the world, but, as usual, and of course, it is not. I especially need to go back to Lithuania, to see more of that little country and to try to find the town that is named after my family (or vice versa). My last name was made up by my father; unfortunately he - or someone else - chose a confusing to spell, abrupt name that sounds as if we are German, but we are not German at ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn September 5th 2018

We arrived in Tallinn as we were breakfasting in La Travazza - our favourite breakfast spot. We were off on a tour at 9am. After walking down the long pier we were directed to the old beaten up green bus, incongruous with the sleek modern white coaches. This was our Soviet Flashback tour with a local tour guide, Comrade Jerjomin, dressed as a Russian military man. The bus was kept locked until all of us had assembled (about 14 of us, in the early morning drizzle - thank heavens for waterproof jackets) and we were told to form one line, tell him which country we were from, for he was “looking for a spy amongst us, comrades” and then marched around the outside of the bus. We then filed inside the 1991 bus (1960s model) and ... read more
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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 29th 2018

We spent our last day in Tallinn on a medieval walking tour of the lower part of Tallin with our two tour guides dressed in medieval garb. The tour took us around some of the most important medieval sites around old town Tallin and gave us a great insight into the towns history and boom to bust fortunes. One great story was of the Danish Conquerer who constructed the first castle overlooking Tallinn who was captured in his sleep, killed due to debts he owed and body placed in the St Catherines church cellar where it was forgotten. More than 100 years later, someone opened the cellar and found his perfectly preserved body and so Tallin’s first tourist attraction was born - people would travel from all around Europe to view his body and poke his ... read more
Tallinn
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Tallinn




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