I cannot say enough about Tallinn. There are so many words that come to mind when trying to describe how charming this little gem of town is. Hopefully you got a taste of that from seeing the pictures of the doors. Scotty and I so thoroughly enjoyed our time here we immediately began talking about returning some time in the not-too-distant future. If you want to go to Estonia, now is a good time. They switch over to the euro in January and the expectation is that everything will be getting a lot more expensive one the transition is complete. It is a town that has definitely been discovered and it fills with tourists in the morning and early afternoon due to its being a popular stop on cruises. The cruise ships pull into the harbor, dock for a few hours and everyone gets a four-hour tour of the town. And then they leave – which is great for people like us who were spending more time. One of the things I loved about the town was the way it reflected the pride of its citizens. It makes me want to learn a lot more about Estonian culture how how they were able to maintain their patriotism in the face of decades and decades of occupation. Anyway, I’ve written enough and I’m sure it’s the pictures you’re more interested in than my random ramblings.
This was a new one for me. It's called a "conference bike" and you could take tours on it. Everyone peddles along and the driver steers it!
Very interesting Art Deco building.
The town hall, which sits on the main shopping square. Of course, Scotty and I had to climb its steeple. There is something in both of us that compels us to immediately head for the highest point whenever we arrive in a new town.
The climb up the steeple was a bit scary. The stairs were the steepest I've ever climbed - some were 20" high! And they were slippery due to years of use and the only thing to hold on to was a rope hooked to the wall. If someone slipped it would be a really rough ride to the bottom.
Of course, the views were worth the climb. In the distance you can see the cruise ships docked in the harbor.
Having gotten our "bird's eye view" of the city, we began wandering and slowly making our way up to the main fortress through amazing little streets. Here you can see one of the cruise ship groups - the woman holding the sign is leading them around and there were dozens of these groups.
On our route was the Orthodox Church - it kept peeking out from behind the buildings.
At the top of the hill we were treated to more great views of the city.
This church was so unique looking - we peeked in.
Catherine's Lane - the most famous street in Tallinn. That evening we celebrated our anniversary (a month late!) at the restaurant on the left. Thanks to Uncle Jim for the recommendation.
How adorable is this courtyard?
At an outdoor cafe we enjoyed a delicious lunch. The brown things are salted beans with a sour cream dip - delish!
The town square.
You don't get very much more picturesque than this.
Scotty liked this decor idea seen at a local pizzeria. Personally, I thought that while the chairs looked comfy, I would not like to be on display while eating my pizza.
Inside a church that turned into KGB headquarters during the Soviet Occupation.
When it started raining we headed back to our hotel but the weather cleared in time for us to go out for dinner. Following our yummy dinner of roasted artichoke hearts and pasta, we made our way back up to the fortress to get some pictures of the town at night. When we got there it could not have been more perfect. The views were gorgeous, weather perfect, and there was a very talented musician playing gorgeous music. Too romantic!
Here you can see the newer part of town in the distance.
Tomorrow we’re headed, via ferry, to Helsinki. While I’m really excited to visit Finland, I’m sad to leave Estonia.