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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn November 30th 2011

If you’re planning to visit Estonia upcoming year then you should find a reason to stop by from Raudsilla (Iron Bridge) Recreation Center. First things you’ll notice about Raudsilla are these triangle shaped cottages which are great shades on hot summer days but they will also warm you up for winter adventures. They are houses with no doors, only shoddy carpets! Raudsilla sauna that fits the whole company has a barrel in the middle – you have to hop in and hop out quickly because it’s filled with freezing water from the river that gives you more energy to enjoy healing sauna procedures. You can do your own barbeque, they even give you good lessons but you can also eat healthy homemade Estonian food! Just 45 minutes away from the busy capital I really experienced genuine ... read more
That's the bigger house, fits about 200 people - the whole company!
Sauna with the barrel

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn September 2nd 2011

The first stop on my cruise was Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. It was a very beautiful and picturesque city indeed! We spent our time in Old Town in Tallinn. And in the photo I am standing with my ice cream at the Town Square in Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia. Photos and full post at: http://ropcorn.com/d/photo-frenzy-in-tallinn-estonia.html... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 11th 2011

Thursday, 11th August Tallinn, Estonia. My aunts Eva and Kaija, my cousin Marja and I decided that we would go and see the sights in Tallinn for a day. Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, a mere 80 km from Helsinki across the Gulf of Finland. It still bears some of the signs of the Soviet era, but it is emerging as a vibrant city and a tourist destination because of the old city, where centuries old buildings have been preserved, among which are many tourist shops offering handcrafts, Baltic amber jewellery, restaurants and fashions at prices much better than in Finland. One of the biggest drawcards however are the numerous bottle shops offering huge discounts on alcoholic beverages, which are snapped up and carried across to Finland by eager locals by the suitcase load. The ... read more
Cobblestoned streets in Tallinn
Medieval Street Restaurant
Our entertaining Xylophonist

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 3rd 2011

Wow was it cold this morning. However it is sunny today which is a bonus considering it is so close to the coast and there is always the possibility of raining in this part of the world. We are in Tallinin, Estonia today, the crown jewel of the Baltic and one of Northern Europe’s best preserved medieval towns. Today’s weather will be mid to upper 60’s. The view from the port towards Tallinin is absolutely beautiful. You can see the green parks and the various types of churches from the cruise ship. I have memories from our trip here in 2003 when everything was so close. Today we are at port all day. We are scheduled for a tour however now I am wondering if we should have done our own walking tour since everything is ... read more
Gardens at Kadriorg Palace
Kadriorg Palace - Ballroom
Kadriorg Palace

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 30th 2011

art Museum and first contacts with the city, few words to describe the very impressions: medieval, cannelle, amber, pastel colors.... read more
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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 28th 2011

Things had been pretty smooth sailing on this voyage so far, Copenhagen was full of rain but I managed to find some bacon, Stockholm was full of gorgeous people and thanks to Helsinki Im not getting any christmas presents this year as I ate Rudolph (for the record, try him with lingedenberry jam and its really good). We arrived in St Petersburg for our overnight which meant cue partying that night as no-one had to steer the ship or prep anything for the next day. The problem started the morning after when during lighting maintence and the stage (well, I say stage, I was 25ft up in the gantry) I suddenly felt ill and had to be taken to the medical centre. Sure enough it was Norovirus which means 24hours quarentine. While this sounds fun and ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 26th 2011

What was interesting was that when I told my close friends that I will be spending a month in Europe, they had initially thought that I would be going to Western Europe, as by all conventions. However, I mentioned that I am going to explore Eastern Europe. Immediately, my friends went, "Seriously? Who goes there anyway? Is it safe there?" To be honest, I have my doubts, but seeing how I am already at the end of my formal education (I am actually having my University Convocation this Saturday, July 30th), I decided that being unemployed gave me the perfect opportunity to do things that I never thought I would do in my life ever. And travelling being my ultimate love - apart from photography - I decided to take the leap and do something about ... read more
Freedom Square
Virgin Tower
Panoramic view of the Old Town

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 25th 2011

Tallinn: "NIET VAPORSKI " Ca in orice roadtrip, undeva trebuie sa dea cu virgula... (speram sa fie unica virgula) Ajungem in Tallinn dupa 700 km de sosea prin padure in care tara ne-a lasat o impresie placuta, cu locuitori putini la numarul de km patrati. Ne repezim la bac unde aflam un raspuns care nu ne e pe plac: "niet vaporski to helsinki !!". Incepem sa alergam de la un doc la altul si ajungem la o concluzie: ramanem in tallinn pt a lua a doua zi pluta spre tara lacurilor. Cautam cazare, gasim .... E la 200m de mall care are reduceri de pana la 80%, dar nu ne lasam impresionati.... Cazarea super, un apartament cu doua camere cu paturi gigantice+ bucatarie+ baie cum ar zice romanul aproape all inclusive. Tallinn: ne apucam de partea ... read more
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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 20th 2011

Continuing from last blog: Mon - got back to Tallinn from our short trip to Helsinki and did quite a long walk from the ferry to the hotel, LÉrmitage - this time we're just outside the old town and I think we were spoiled with the first hotel. The location is not as good, the atmosphere is therefore lacking - it's just OK really. Walked into the old town and ate at the restaurant outside the Imperial hotel - possibly the slowest service I've ever witnessed!!!! We counted how long some tables waited to even be acknowledged by a waiter (and there were only 6 tables outside; inside only had 1 or 2 tables occupied) - some took almost 20 mins! The beer wasn't cold (but we were given a glass of ice cubes??!!??) and the ... read more
Suitcases belonging to Estonians
Isolation room
Rotermann Quarter

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 15th 2011

Continuing from last blog: After a very short period of time back in Lancashire we finally made it to Tallinn, possibly only just in fact due to some ongoing issues with the car! Whether we get to actually leave the airport in it on our return remains to be seen! Tallinn is just a 2.5 hour flight from Liverpool and with the 2 hour time difference we were there by mid afternoon. The formalities at the airport took no time at all and within minutes we were on a bus to the city (top tip - buy a bus ticket at the airport news kiosk, it's cheaper than paying on the bus). I don't know what "Viru"means in Estonian but since we were staying at the Viru Inn on Viru Street I thought we should jump ... read more
Peppersack
Krug Inn
Tallinn Town Hall




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