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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn December 18th 2013

Geo: 59.4392, 24.7586 Today after our breakfast we booked the taxi for the Lux bus stop, going to Tallinn. The lux bus was very comfortable with chargers, Wi-Fi, free tea and coffee, it took 4 ½ hrs but the time passed quickly as we were playing games and I also read the news. I had booked the Lux bus from London and brought the printout of the tickets which was very convenient. We took a taxi to My City Hotel in old town from the Tallinn Bus stop, after our swift check in at my city hotel we walked to St. Nicholas' Church just about 2 mins from our hotel. St. Nicholas' Church is a medieval former church, built in the 13th century and is dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron of the fishermen and sailors. ... read more
Olde Hansa
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Parliament Building

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn November 6th 2013

We stayed at My City Hotel which had good reviews on Tripadvisor. It is just within the Old City walls and turned out to be a good choice as everywhere was within walking distance. Tallinn is nice with certainly enough cafés, restaurants and even cathedrals. There are souvenir shops everywhere and enough Russian dolls to cover every mantelpiece in Europe. Tallinn has moved on very well from the days of the Soviet Union and embraced tourism. Most signs are in English and almost everywhere English is spoken and spoken very well. However as the main number of tourists are from Russia do not expect to see politeness and smiling faces everywhere. Eating out was more expensive than we expected and you will struggle to find any meals below €12. For a nights entertainment we would certainly ... read more
The Danish Gardens
Town Hall in Town Hall Square
Not at all a wishing well.

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn October 2nd 2013

Tallinn, the last stop in our little Baltic excursions...and next stop will already be Russia for a good two weeks. We started to explore the Old Town after arriving just before dinner time. Few drunk people around on the way, but a pretty cute Old Town. We stopped by a restaurant highly recommended by tripadvisor. The advise was...if you do not hold a reservation, forget about it...ok, we were lucky, they just had a table for us! So first night, and first Estonian dinner...Tiffany went classic...creamy tomato soup...and Leslie and I went on elk meat borsh, some cool smoke salmon...and a pretty nice lamb...nice food! As we start to do quite a lot lately, we had a lazy morning. The free tour was not going to start before 12pm, and I had few errands to run ... read more
Old Town
Seaplane hangar! Truly cool museum...
After Portland and New York...Tallinn...

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn September 23rd 2013

Tere! Welcome to Eesti, that's how you say Estonia in Estonian. Here is where the next stage of my trip continues. The main reason why I chose for Estonia is because a cousin of mine is currently here for a couple of months on an exchange program. Besides, I've never been to the Baltics yet so I took advantage of the opportunity to visit. I left Iceland back to Italy where I spent one night near Milan at a friend of mine, Gabriele, who I haven't seen for 5 years. We went to Como Lake with another friend I haven't seen in 5 years, Matteo. We were all in Darwin, Australia in the same hostel for some time. In the evening we had a bbq with some other people. The next day I flew with Ryanair ... read more
Tallinn, Raekoja Plats
Tallinn, Aleksandr Nevskij catherdral
Tallinn

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn August 14th 2013

14/8 I arrived in Tallinn last night after the 6 hour bus ride where and all I ate was a dry packet of noodles that I had in my bag from the train ride. It took me an hour to get the hostel, I got on the wrong tram at the bus station so then got one back to the station only to get back on the same one- I think I needed some sleep. Tallinn is actually a very small city and you could walk from one end of the city to the other in that amount of time. The old town is fairly touristy (which I didn't expect) because there are quite a few big cruise ships that go around the Baltic Sea and stop in the cities. This meant that people were walking ... read more
Soviet Cafe
The old town

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 28th 2013

Tallinn, the home to 400,000, is the capital of Estonia and has developed into a hot tourist destination focused mainly on its fully functioning old town. Keith thought the medieval hype, with people dressed in costume, cheesey, and wouldn't take any photos, saying he wasn't inspired, but I found it fun to wander through the courtyards and passages and look inside the more interesting shops. Disappointingly, the magical symbols store was closed when we passed by but the ancient apothecary was interesting and the museum of torture instruments, which mostly featured variations on tearing, puncturing and burning, were enough to make the most rebellious citizens toe the line. Outside the old town one can get a better feel for Tallinn's recent past by the abandoned Soviet buildings, some abandoned, some still in use, and some totally ... read more
Seaplane hangers
Tallinn factory
Hydrofoil ferry dock

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 6th 2013

Another hard night on the sofa bed,we wished we had read more closely about the bed in the apartment before we booked it on Air BNB and another night to go. It is hard to know what the time is when we wake up without looking at a clock as the dawn comes so early and for the last week or so the sun has been up and shining for some time when we have opened the curtains. We had found bacon at the supermarket when we arrived and so we have another breakfast of eggs and bacon this morning which always sets us up well for the day. The planned walk today is amongst the sights of the lower Old Town and we set out mid morning taking the same route from the apartment which ... read more
Casino and cinema building on the edge of Old Town Tallinn
The restaurant we celebrated my birthday at
Classic view,Old Town,Tallinn

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 5th 2013

The BBA V2 needed to slow down a little and today was to be the day.Not too much, but just enough to restore some energy.And in the process of doing so we could catch up on some administration including clothes washing as we had a washing machine in the apartment to give the clothes a good doing over. We have really been blessed with wonderful weather and we just hope that it continues.Being inside seemed a bit of a waste but administration needs to be done every so often but we do plan a walk out this afternoon to look at some of the sights. Being on the 5th floor of an apartment block there is no outside washing line(not even one like the pulley system we had in Pula,Croatia)but the apartment and we assume all ... read more
Jail doors exhibit,Museum of Occupations
Head of Lenin,Museum of Occupations
Picture of Brezhnev,Museum of Occupations

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn July 4th 2013

Today we reached the apex of the BBA V2,well at least as far as latitude goes.Tallinn is situated at just below 59 30' and to add to this momentous occasion we also bought up 13,000km in Cindy. The weather pattern remains favourable and we had another fine and sunny day ahead with temperatures in the mid 20's and with the absence of any wind to speak of and lack of air pollution, you get the full benefit of the warm sun when you are out in it meaning its hats on when we are outdoors. We reckon the landlady was still suspicious of us doing a runner without paying as she kept on appearing from nowhere as we loaded up the car.We only took the microwave back to the car when we noticed she was across ... read more
Caravaning Estonian style
Gretchen down at the lakeside looking for Russia
This man has a job ahead before winter

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 24th 2013

Geo: 59.4392, 24.7586Tallinn is acclaimed as one of the oldest cities in Europe. Today, there is an old and newtown district in Tallinn. The new looking like a standard Western city, with highrise glass buildings and malls. The old, and our destination for today, having a real medieval feel to it. Cobblestone streets, several large churches with towering spires, a castle and remains of city walls surrounding old crumbling buildings.We had cancelled our structured tour here, opting to go it alone instead. Again this seemed a good option and money well saved. We set off around 10am and walked around 40 minutes into the city centre. Nats trusty blue hand luggage backpack had finally met its end. A growing tear at the side had reached a telling point. We figured affordable Estonia would be a good ... read more
Cityscape Tallinn
Nat Gate to Tallinn
The Three Sisters




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