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Europe » Estonia July 12th 2019

12 July 2019 We had a drive around the peninsular to the south of the island and then along part of the west coast.... read more
It gets to a point!
A group of what I think were probably shags we were watching as we ate our lunch
For about 30k we drove along a beautiful gravel coastal road. It got the van filthy, but it was worth it!

Europe » Estonia July 11th 2019

11 July 2019 Today was spent visiting its castle and the other sights of picturesque Kuressaare.... read more
One of the bridges over the castle’s fine moat
They were preparing the castle grounds for an opera festival to be held later in the month
A memorial on the wall to the 90 people killed in the castle grounds by the Red Army in 1941

Europe » Estonia July 10th 2019

10 July 2019 Saaremaa is the largest Estonian island and we had a 25 minute ferry ride to visit it. Our campsite was outside. Our campsite is outside the island’s largest town, and on the way there we took a few diversions to visit a large meteor crater at Kaali, a collection of windmills at Angia and Karja’s 14th-century Lutheran Church.... read more
Saaremaa is a very flat island and because these mills were on a slight rise they had a plentiful supply of wind
St Catherine’s Lutheran Church
This carving on the side of the church of Christ being crucified with the good and bad thieves is unusual

Europe » Estonia July 9th 2019

09 July 2019 We had a fun start to the day when the Haapsalu Tourist train picked us up from the campsite and took us around the town sights. Then it was a look at the ruined 16th century castle and its museum and a walk back along the streets lined with timber buildings. In the evening some of us went on a cycle ride to a nearby ex Soviet air force base.... read more
The castle access has recently been improved leading to the top of the walls
The town’s St Nicholas Cathedral is attached to the castle
Roy, one of our party who is an organist,  was allowed to test the acoustics in the cathedral

Europe » Estonia July 8th 2019

08 July 2019 We drove 90k south west to Estonian’s west coast and the resort of Haapsal, located on a series of lagoons. On the way, we stopped off at Estonia’s Open Air Museum, which is a collection of farmsteads and other buildings, mainly from the late 19th century, moved to a country park just outside Tallin from various parts of the Country.... read more
One of the thatched farmsteads
A fire station. The tower is used for drying the hoses
The park is on the coast and these are a couple of huts used for drying fishermen’s nets

Europe » Estonia July 7th 2019

7 July 2019 The final day of Tallinn’s musical festival when for nearly nine hours, in a purpose built amphitheatre, a choir of over 20,000 entertained a crowd exceeding 100,000 with a range of Estonian songs. It only takes place every five years We walked to the event, planning to see the last few hours when the choir is at its largest. To begin with we were quite depressed because there seemed to be no room available to sit on the huge grass bank which overlooks the stadium. But after about 15 minutes we noticed a couple leaving and tripping over numerous legs we got there first and secured our place. Then followed a unique experience as the songs reflecting Estonian’s love of their homeland made the crowd become increasingly passionate in their support of the ... read more
As we arrived, the choir only filled half of the amphitheatre
This Estonian gentleman, whilst feeding us strawberries from his garden, explained the meaning and words of the songs
The man on our left had the largest Estonian flag in the audience

Europe » Estonia July 6th 2019

06 July 2019 The final event will be the Song Festival by 20,000 Estonian singers from all over the Country and beyond. Today there was a procession by all the performers from the Old Town to the purpose built stadium where it will be held. As many of the roads were closed, we took a water taxi from our harbourside campsite to a former seaplane harbour closer to the town. A half hour walk from there took us to the route and we arrived just before the procession started. We watched for over an hour, but understood it took four hours to pass by. We were impressed by the smiles of everyone taking part In the afternoon and evening, we met the rest of the group for a guided tour of Tallin’s Old Town, followed by ... read more
The harbourside camper stop
Tallinn’s old town from a copy sea
The procession headed by three carriages

Europe » Estonia July 5th 2019

05 July 2019 We started travelling towards home today as we drove 70k westwards to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. On the way we stopped at an interesting boardwalk which went through one of the National Park’s bog area which are of special scientific interest. Our visit to Tallin is timed to coincide with the three day Estonian Dance and Song Festival which is only held every five years. This evening we went to an amazing two hour dance performance by thousands of performers held in Tallinn’s athletic stadium.... read more
And then got a lot narrower past some of the bog ponds. Unfortunately, it had started raining by then
View from an observation platform
A beautiful reflection

Europe » Estonia July 4th 2019

04 July 2019 The Lahemmaa National Park has a unique geological feature called Erratic Boulders which were left in the sea and forests by a retreating ice age. Today we cycled to the Kasmu Peninsular which has a particularly fine collection of them.... read more
The cycle track
Many of the tall spruce trees were bent over by the wind on the exposed peninsular
There was a lovely view of the peninsular from the cycle track

Europe » Estonia July 3rd 2019

03 July 2019 On a chilly and fairly windy day we spent the morning cycling along a path in the woods to the nearby village of Vosu for a warming coffee and delicious cake. The afternoon and evening was a group visit to Sagadi, one of several German built manor houses in the national park. An entertaining guided tour of the house was followed by dinner in its restaurant.... read more
The elevation facing the gardens
The attractive gardens
Its lake




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