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Great Coastal Gate

Goods entered the city here through a port just below. This was the most important gate. Tallin was a major player in the medieval Hanseatic League we mentioned in an earlier Bergin post. Rich folks were German, Dane and Swedish, while the labor was provided by locals.
Tallin

July 15th 2018
Spent just one night in Tallin, which was sufficient. The old town is fairly condensed with encroaching buildings that obscure the view. Folks here are rather different than Scandinavia. Drivers more aggressive, especially the taxi delivering us to our apartment. There is less refinement. We board another ferry for a hop across the eastern Baltic to Helsinki. Unfortunately Trump and Putin will ... read more
Europe » Estonia » Tallinn

Estonian Flag After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian rule, Estonia attained independence in 1918. Forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1940, it regained its freedom in 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since the last Russian troops le... ... read more
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