Heute noch TallinnMarch 5 in Estonia ⋅ ☁️ -3 °C
Eine schöne interessante Stadt
Eine schöne interessante Stadt
So Tallinn turned out to be our favourite Baltic capital city.
The first day we arrived mid afternoon. We had to pick the key for the apartment up from a cafe and so we stayed for lunch and what a lunch it was! Mine was a bright pink beetroot risotto topped off with goats cheese and was delicious.
Our Latvian host in Riga had recommended that we visit an area called Telliskivi, which is the "arty" district of Tallinn. Run down industrial buildings scattered with cool bars and street art. It made for a grey setting to a very grey day! Far too cool for us in our rain Macs! After exploring a while, we had a lovely glass of wine at "Frenchys" before heading back to relax.
The second day it poured to the extent we weren't sure were even going to brave the walk into the town. Luckily for us it paused for a few hours so we got to see a bit of the old town and leave the apartment!
Immediately we got a better feel for Tallinn than we had for Riga and Vilnius. There was more life and so many things to see. We wandered past cathedrals, castles, old town walls and multiple souvenir shops. We had the "best hotdogs in the Baltics" with nothing to compare them to, I suppose they were for us.. Stuart had - what he said was - an amazing Snickers brownie from a homemade chocolate shop and we tried on silly hats to keep out of the rain.
Enjoyed it but definitely time now to move onto Scandinavia :)Read more
This morning I headed to the Post Office in Old Town and posted off a box of riding gear and souvenirs back home. I was pleasantly surprised it didn't cost as much as I thought it might. It's less to carry around and cheaper than excess baggage.
I then found the Hop on/ Hop off bus, the "blue line " route that goes out west Tallin. I hopped off at the Open air Museum which is a collection of farm houses and buildings from around Estonia over the centuries. It was very interesting and there were costumed people doing typical chores etc. I had lunch at the Inn there then 2 hours later hopped on the bus again until we got to the Seaplane Harbour museum. It had a submarine, coastal artillery, old and modern seaplane as well as an aquarium with Estonian fish with glass bowls that housed artifacts from a shipwreck. Very well done.
I thought it was then time to head home, I'd had enough ofsightseeing so got on the blue line bus again. When it got to Viru Square where the circuit starts, it stopped for a while. I got off and had a look at the stalls then saw the bus was still there so got back on (a ticket lets you get on and off all day ), thinking I only had one more stop to get home. HOWEVER, there are 3 routes - the red line, the blue line and the green line, which I knew about. Unbeknowns to me, the drivers change "lines" each time they get back to base (Saves getting bored with the same hourly circuit I guess). So.... I was actually back on board the GREEN line, that goes out east. Another hour on the bus instead of 5 minutes!! Still, I was sitting down and got to see a bit more of Tallin. I really couldn't face any more hopping on and offs.
I eventually got home (through a meandering route on foot through the Old Town...I'm such an impossible navigator!!), then had a relaxing time in the free for guests sauna and pool complex.
I'm packed, paid up, taxi booked for a 4.15 AM start tomorrow to Copenhagen for the next adventure to IcelandRead more
Misty and raining today but that can't stop the exploring. I covered a lot of ground today from the Old Town to the Kadriog Palace which was a the opposite end. Found the view point of the city, embassy corridor and the medieval market. Had a nice long talk with a local girl, Mironika, who gave me good knowledge of the culture, economy, and general life in Estonia. Her English was perfect and she said most people speak between 3&4 languages here. I'm so impressed with that. I couldn't find the festivities of medieval times and I think they were postponed by the rain. I had lunch back at the hostel and then headed to the gardens, presidential palace and Peter the Great's summer cottage (that was disappointing).walking through the park I found the statue of independence and alas access to the beach. I did some beach combing in search of amber and found a couple of interesting rocks. The beach wasn't very pretty and was littered with cigarettes butts. I walked down to the port and purchased my ticket to Helsinki for the 12 pm ferry tomorrow and bought some groceries. The Finns were buying tons of alcohol and I was told it's very expensive too drink there and there are restrictions for purchase. Hmm curious about this culture. 12km day today.Read more
Das Rotermanni-Viertel war früher mal ein Fabrikgelände und Lagerhallen. Heute sieht es so aus, als hätte sich jeder brauchbare Architektur aus Estland hier ein Denkmal setzen können. Faszinierende Mischung aus altem Backstein und neuen Materialen. Alles, bloss nicht langweilig. Hier haben wir ein Extrarunde gedreht.Read more
We are in Tallinn, Estonia. I got up early to take photographs from the top deck. We met our guide Alice at the end of the pier, and she immediately took us to the Alexander Nevski cathedral. There was a worship service in progress. The church was absolutely beautiful and the music was heavenly. Across the street stands the parliament building. Alice explained to us how Estonia gained its independence in 1991. A big boulder beside the parking lot of the pink parliament building represents those used in a barricade during the demonstrations that came as part of the revolution against the Soviet occupation. I photographed one of the old watch towers, called Tall Herman, that was part of the city wall, as well as the steeple of St. Mary's Cathedral. One building had a plaque on the side with the founder stretching out a three-dimensional hand over the sidewalk. He was the founder of the dramatics school. Across the street was the school of ballet. The green building that I photographed used to be the central building of the old German guild, the survival of the Hanseatic league. To be a member one had to be married, had to own a house, a ship. I photographed a yellow building with an elaborate wrought-iron fence. This is the residence of the prime minister. At least took us to a higher overlook where we photographed the city. We went through a narrow street and I was able to peek into the lobby of a normal Estonian apartment house. A second overlook gave us a beautiful view of the city from which I took a number of photographs. Next we passed a couple of buildings that were part of the University including a brownstone building that houses the department of science and technology. In front of the residence of the German ambassador, I photographed two beautiful towers that are part of the ancient city inner defenses. The major street down the hill is called long leg Street, into Mark this name there is a house with the drain spout in the shape of a long leg boot. Another street downhill took us passed St. Mary's Church and let us to the Kalev Maiasmokk (Sweet Tooth) Restaurant, noted for its fine chocolate. St. Mary's Church has a clock with a wooden face carved in medieval times. It's inner workings, however, are of more recent design. I photographed the great guild house, which formally house and the Hanseatic League. We went through an alley which has the Balthazar restaurant. This eatery specializes in foods and beers flavored with garlic. Reaching the main square of the city we saw the old City Hall, which resembles the church. Now it is used for concerts and other public assemblies The old town Square has not been used as the side of a permanent market since the late 19th century. We passed the old Hansa restaurant. This restored medieval building specializes in medieval foods, including bear meat and boar meat, served with appropriate drinks from the middle ages. One restaurant is now called the pepper sack. This is the name that was given to a wealthy merchant in medieval days, since a sack of pepper was very costly. We walked down the alley of the master craftsmen. One of the shops, which we enjoyed later, serves the most delicious hot chocolate drinks, and makes over 1000 chocolate truffles per day. The old telegraph office has now been converted into a hotel, called the Telegraph Hotel. We visited the site of an old convent. That building is no longer used for a convent, some of the structure remains, and many of the slabs from the floor are still on display in the alleyway. There are also a number of terra-cotta buttresses going across that alleyway. I was able to photograph them. Next we traveled along side the old city wall. Many shops line the base of this wall even today. When some permanent structures were removed by the Soviets, the wall began to collapse. To strengthen the wall, the Soviets installed concrete buttresses which are still visible today. When our tour was over we still had some free time left. We retraced our steps, went back to the coffee shop and enjoyed a hot drink and some delicious truffles. And try to retake some of the photographs we had taken earlier. We took the shuttle bus back to the ship, and I had a Reuben sandwich and a beer for lunch. It was very cold outside this morning. In fact, there were snow flurries just before we got off the ship. So we came inside, warmed ourselves up, had a good lunch, and got ready to set sail at 3 PM. It is easy to confuse the churches of Tallinn with one another. The church of Saint Nicholas is now a museum. It has two cages under an onion dome topped by a steeple. The church of St. Mary has one cage topped by an onion dome and the steeple. The tallest spire in the city belongs to Saint Olaf's church. The church with multiple onion domes is the cathedral of Alexander Nevski. At Chef's Table tonight we met Alejandro and Diana from Houston, TXRead more
Ootame järjekorras, väljas on 26 kraadi kuuma.
Nüüd väljusime sadamast Stockholmi suunal. Kajut on laeva ees otsas ja juba esimese 10min jooksul käib meil mõlemal pea ringi.
Huvitav, et kajuti seinad heli läbi ei lase aga uks oleks küll nagu olematu.
Laeva ventilatsioon ja konditsioneer on viimase peal, väga mõnus jahe on igal pool. Ostsime poest pudeli külma vitamiinijooki, kummikommid ja sokolaadid jäid poodi. Käisime vaatasime koerte väli-ala ka üle, et teada saada kuhu nad laevas pissivad, tuleb välja, et lihtsalt loomade väliteki põrandale.
Õhtusööki laevas ei võtnud, õppisime enda eelmisest korrast, kus meil oli hommikul veel räige food coma, et ei saanud sõitagi. Vaatame telekas filme, kohe hakkab The Walk.Read more
I was able to make it to the old town part of Estonia today. So many neat buildings as old as the 16 century. They had a giant square with many types of shops and restaurants. I even saw some Estonian dancers in the street. The picture of the door is at the Polish Embassy. I will be back to look at more of this city soon!Read more
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