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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

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
Krug Inn
Tallinn Town Hall

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 13th 2011

It was a slightly overcast day when we pulled into Tallinn on our ferry, which was painted a lovely stomach turning green. Thankfully this was the only stomach turning part of the journey and we were soon on our way to the hostel that we had booked online. Which, despite the hostel seemingly changing its name from the time of booking we still found pretty easily. Having dumped our bags in the room we headed out to try and find somewhere to eat some dinner. This saw us have our first glimpse of the historic old town of Tallinn, which has largely been unchanged in hundreds of years. However, it was not until the next day that we would truly get to experience the full wonder of Tallinn. Instead we stopped for dinner in what was ... read more
Viru Gates

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 11th 2011

Hi everyone, So, here I am excitedly preparing for my first trip to Europe. Destination, Tallinn, Estonia! Yes, most people who travel to Europe typically head to better known, more exotic locations, like England or Ireland, the south of France or perhaps, Italy. Mine, however, is a more humble destination. The reason I chose Estonia is quite pragmatic. My travel companion, Mari, is originally from there, having emigrated 18 years ago. Her family still lives there, so we’re going to visit them. Estonia is a quaint little farming and fishing country of 1.3 million people. It is nestled on the Baltic Sea, bordered by Russia and Latvia. It is a 40 minute ferry ride from Finland and was formerly part of the Soviet Union. I am a bit of a history buff and I learned that ... read more

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