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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 14th 2014

So, I've been a little bit busy over the last few days once arriving in my home country (well not home, but I am now a citizen here). The flight over from London was one of little space, although it all went very smoothly and I was able to get to the airport in time etc. So I got into Tallinn at about 330 and luckily for myself, a friendly face was there to meet me at the gate. Krisi Pungas (a distant relative) was there to take me to where I was to be staying. Helen and Olaf, extremely kindly offered to have me stay while in Estonia. They have two young children, Rasmus and Robert, who are both confused as to why an Estonian looking man is simply unable to respond in turn. So ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 13th 2014

Tallinn Capital of Estonia 13 August 2014 We had an excellent 2 hour ferry trip from Helsinki to Tallinn. It cost 144 Euros with Tallink. The ferry had 10 levels but it definitely wasn't full. We thought it was also used for longer, overnight trips. We said our goodbyes to the Nordic countries which we have travelled through for the past 2 1/2 months. Wow, the experiences, the scenery, the people have been wonderful. We arrived in Tallinn at 6.00pm and drove straight to the Tallinn City Camping which is only available in summer. On the way, we passed through a lot of road works, and find out later that they were renewing all the tram lines throughout the city of 400,000 people. We had dinner in the motor home as it was about 7.00pm by ... read more
A map of Old Medieval  Town in Tallinn Estonia
Linnahall 1980 Olympic Games held here in Tallinn Estonia (1)
Old City Wall in Tallinn Estonia (2)

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 11th 2014

Tartu is about 4 hours from Riga through country similar to what I have seen since Minsk, the very comfortable bus continued on to St Petersburg after I disembarked. First task was to buy my last bus ticket to Tallin, which I did before popping into Mcdonalds for a Royale with cheese (a very tasty burger). A taxi was next, it had a meter so no rip off for once, my hotel is a fair way from the centre but cheap in comparison to what I would pay in the old town. My room has no aircon and as usual I am cooking, I have decided to do nothing this afternoon as there probably isnt enough here to keep me busy for two days, so tomorrow I will go explore. I caught a local bus in ... read more
Tartu central square
Town Hall
14th century church

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 6th 2014

Hi All, We are back in Australia and finally catching up with our travelblog. Feel free to just look at the photos, we won't be offended as we are writing our blog to jog our memories for when dementia sets in, hopefully that is a long way off yet! On the way to Estonia we detoured to the beach at Parnu Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Riga in the Baltic Sea. We had made this unplanned stop as one of our fellow travellers had moved from Parnu to Australia when he was only a small child. Our tour guide Marta surprised us all with champagne at the beach and time to dip our toes in the Baltic , everyone joined in the fun rolling up their trousers and paddling in the warm sea water. ... read more
Kadriorg Palace
Tallinn Old Town
Parnu

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 29th 2014

Tallinn, on the north coast of Estonia was one of the stops that was planned for the OCC Baltic Rally. We had heard it was an interesting town to visit so joined the group there. We had a nice dinner together in town with all the rally participants. The next day we found out at the visitor center that there would be a free city tour given in English that day so we joined it to find out more about this city. The first fortress was built in this location in 1050. The city became a very important port for trade between Russia and the Scandinavian countries therefore it became a target of the Teutonic Knights as well as Denmark during the 13th century. It became the northernmost member of the Hanseatic League in 1285, but ... read more
One of Many Attractive Doorways in Tallinn
One of the Attractive Squares
The Pepper Sack Restaurant

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 24th 2014

And the winner for best airport is...Tallinn, Estonia. 3 minute security, free public wifi throughout the terminal, and buses that run to the center of town in 10 minutes. Due to the ease of check-in, this blog post comes to you from the lounge by gate 13. In order to get to Tallinn, though, I had to go from London Stansted, which wins the award for longest, most crowded security line. Said security was experienced at 4:30am (where were all these people going?), and my travel process to the airport had previously involved a bus and coach trip begun at 2:50. Such is the price for wanting to jam everything in. My second stint in London was nice as well. I was able to grab dinner with a friend who was there, saw two shows on ... read more
The Royal Punch Bowl
Tallinn Skyline #1S
London Bridge selfie

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 16th 2014

So on Day 2, after losing an hours sleep due to time zone on the ferry, we said hello to Estonia and its capital city, Tallinn! It was a beautiful medieval town, with cobbled streets and its old 16th century gates and walls remaining. We started the tour in the Freedom Square, representing Estonian history in its story to eventual independence after aiming to rid itself from Russian, German and Swedish influences. Today Estonia is a country now independently run and has its own parliament, (but remaining part of the EU). We had a really cool hostel, it had air hockey and pool tables and a nice lounge area to socialise in, but the games got competitive! We socialised with other people on the tour, too, meeting people from New Zealand, Germany and Czech Republic. Obviously, ... read more
Estonian Parliament Building
The infamous Cocaine Shot!
Made a friend.

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 15th 2014

After traveling to Finland a number of times I was overdue to jump on the Viking ferry and head to Tallinn, Estonia. I knew virtually nothing about this country of 1.3 million people (including the population) but now I want to know more. I spent just three days in Tallinn and one in Haapsula and then moved on to Riga for three more nights. In sum, great people, food, green landscapes, chocolates, and history. Moreover, although I opted for public transportation on this trip, I wouldn’t hesitate to rent a car on a return journey to explore either country in more depth. There are many similarities in Estonia to their neighbor across the bay (Finland) but with a fifth of the people and lower prices – a benefit to visitors. On this trip I was fortunate ... read more
Hiking near Sigulda, Latvia
The Walking Cane park, Sigulda, Latvia
Ever wonder what Estonians look like?

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 25th 2014

Tallinn, Estonia for two days, Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th Sunny and very warm (read hot) We caught the shuttle from the port into town. If we were walkers and Valerie not hurt, the distance could have been walked. Several other cruise ships were in port and huge car ferries were going back and forth between here and Helsinki, less than 100 miles away. As we got off the shuttle, right in front of us were parked the red double-decker buses for the hop-on hop-off tours. We both hopped on. The tour skirted as close to the old walled city as it could and we could see some of the old churches, gates, and walls as we rode on the top deck—unfortunately in the full sun. The bus also drove along some of the ... read more
1405-137 Pulling into port in Tallin
1405-138 Some of the statuary near bus stop
1405-139 Possibly the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin in Tallinn

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn » Laagri January 18th 2014

Talinn was not on my list , but I will never regret it to be there, even more , this year I will return... read more
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