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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
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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
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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 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 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




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