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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 7th 2017

July 7 – Tallinn This morning we docked in Tallinn Estonia – the home of SKYPE – AND I might add the first country to electronically connect all it’s citizens to government services. Each person has a single identity card which serves as their health card/drivers license and everything else – they also have electronic voting. I recall studying this aspect of Estonia when I was involved in designing electronic services for Ontario. Anyhow….. we had booked a food tour of Tallinn and were met by our guide and joined by 7 others also taking the tour. This was a walking tour and I fail to understand why someone who uses a wheelchair and is barely mobile would figure this was appropriate but we did have one elderly person on the tour who had to be ... read more
War Memorial
Tallinn Market Square
Orthodox Church

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 5th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! I was indeed in luck today, my Tallinn Card still had a few hours of validity left so I said my goodbyes to Martin and thanked him for his kind hospitality before I jumped on a bus heading for Pirita. I started by the ruins of Pirita Klooster but unfortunately it hadn't opened yet so I continued out to the Tallinna Teletorn and went up to it's 360 degree viewing platform. Unfortunately there isn't any part without a reflecting window and in my opinion the view really suffers from this so I can't really recommend this place, especially not with it's rather hefty 13 euro fee to go up here. If they had a balcony part or something similar where you could really enjoy the view to the fullest then I would ... read more
Pirita Klooster
Pirita Klooster

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 4th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Even though Martin set me up with a key we left together this morning, him to work and me to Viru Hotel where I picked up the Tallinn Card and I was ready to make it count! There was just a slight problem with my plan, everything here has really crappy opening hours! I had to wait for about and hour before the earliest attraction opened up, Niguliste Kirik, which is a museum housed inside a former church dedicated to saint Nicholas, built between 1230 to 1275. It's a museum of ecclesiastical art and it has some really interesting pieces, especially the Danse Macabre from the 15th century, by Bernt Notke. Unfortunately it's displayed behind glass which reflected the light a lot so it was hard to really enjoy it or take ... read more
Danse Macabre
Bastion Tunnels
Tallinna Linnamüür

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 3rd 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! I woke up early in the morning and took the very first bus out of Narva, heading to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. During my travel I have heard a lot of great things about Tallinn and how it''s one of the most beautiful cities in the Baltic countries so I was certainly looking forward to going there. The weather was a bit dull when I arrived and I was getting pretty hungry so I started slow by dodging into a kebab restaurant at the outskirts of the old town, getting a bite to eat and surfing the web for a moment while waiting for the rain to blow over. Once the rain subsided I headed towards the closest spot on my list of places to visit, the KGB Muuseum which is ... read more
Viru Värava
Kolm Õde

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 30th 2017

I first became interested in visiting the Baltic states when I heard about the Baltic Chain. This was the longest ever chain of people holding hands, stretching 600 km between Tallinn in Estonia to Vilnius in Lithuania, passing through Riga in Latvia and numerous other towns and villages on the way. This peaceful protest by over a million people in August 1989 was against the continuing Soviet occupation of the region and garnered worldwide attention to the cause of Baltic independence. This was towards the end of the era of Mikhail Gorbachev’s presidency of the Soviet Union, but it was Boris Yeltsin’s rise to Presidency of the Russian Federation in 1991 that was more influential in the break up of the Soviet Union. Russian troops finally withdrew from each country late in 1991. My research indicated ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 29th 2017

Dernière visite de grande ville aux Pays Baltes... : Tallinn L'origine du nom Tallinn(a) est clairement estonienne, bien que le sens originel soit sujet à débat. On s'accorde à penser qu'il provient de Taani-linn(a) qui signifie « château (ou ville) danoise ». Cependant, il se peut qu'il provienne de tali-linna qui signifie « château (ou ville) d'hiver », ou encore talu-linna pour « château (ou ville)-maison (ou ferme) ». Le suffixe -linna est souvent utilisé pour former des noms de ville et signifie soit château, soit ville, à l'image du suffixe -grad dans les langues slaves. Tallinna remplaça l'ancien nom allemand Reval (en russe Ревель) en url=https:... read more
drapeau Estonie
entrée dans la ville... de beaux bâtiments se sont installés ici...

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 10th 2017

It has been a busy few days! But I must back up to the time spent in Oslo first. The early morning of our flight to Helsinki, Colin and I were walking to the train station and there was absolutely no one around. I mean no cars, not a single homeless person or beggar, local drunk - no one. We were laughing saying that we were the new Adam and Eve. The end of the world had happened in the night and forgot to tell us. It was pretty funny, just had to share that. Helsinki is a beautiful city with cheaper beer. Once we found the apartment we were staying in, we settled in and began our touring. Rick Steves book has come in very handy as we do his walking tours. That combined with ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 22nd 2017

We just knew from the start that this was going to be a good trip. The taxi in from the airport is a Tesla Model S; a silent, all-electric, luxury limo. And our apartment is over an ice cream parlour! Huge walls and tall towers encircle the old city of Tallinn, it's like being in an open air museum. Large houses were built by German and Russian merchants in the 14th century. Each house has four floors - servants in the cellar; ground floor offices; first floor family apartment; then attics full of goods to be traded, with a hoist to pull them up straight from the street. There is a lot of history here. Danes, Swedes, Russians and Germans have all ruled; Estonia wasn't independent until 1919 and then only for 20 years. In 1939, ... read more
Merchants' houses
Church spire

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 11th 2017

Sometime during your childhood, probably on a family trip to a not too far from home beach destination, you saw your first one. You had finished your day at the beach. You had finished your ice cream cone or cotton candy. Someone mentioned the need to purchase something to bring home as a remembrance of your time spent together. You searched out a curio shop whose window had “souvenir” written in 4 languages. You entered through the shell strands that hung in the doorway. You made your way past the postcards, magnets and T-shirts. Along the back wall, alongside the polished rocks, nautical themed statuettes and aprons with silly puns, you found your first one. You hesitated to pick it up because it looked so fragile. It was round and made from thick glass. Inside was ... read more
Viru Gate Sunset
Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Streets

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 17th 2016

Geo: 59.4392, 24.7586With the red skies of the previous day's sunset, I'd assumed "red skies at night, sailors' delight" would hold true, and we'd have nice weather this morning. Instead, we opened our curtains to heavy fog and a steady rain as we slowly approached the port of Tallinn in Estonia. K and I had been to Tallinn back in 1987, a whopping 29 years ago. Sigh. We were there, however, by accident. As part of our visit to the Soviet Union as part of a class back at American, we were flying from Tbilisi, Georgia to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in January 1987. Our Aeroflot plane was diverted to Tallinn, however, by ice fog in Leningrad. It was a very surreal experience, as our tour director shared very little information with us. I recall they ... read more
MSC Musica
Toompea Castle -- current Parliament of Estonia
Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral

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