[Who are these fools?]
Two and a half years ago, I hopped on a bus at around 5 in the morning and somehow ended up in Estonia. (This is, of course, an exaggeration. The bus in question was leaving from St. Petersburg, where I was living at the time, and I was fully aware of its destination. In other words, we went to Estonia on purpose.)
Getting my photos in order has been on my to-do list for some time, and now that I’ve finally had some down time I’ve made at least a little progress. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. After several months in cold, unfriendly (this is MY blog, so I’m allowed to be subjective!) St. Petersburg, the combination of sunshine, English-speakers and a quaint, medieval town was JUST what the doctor ordered.
(Please forgive the quality of the photographs – these were taken back in the day before I got my beloved Nikon! Oh, to have traveled with a “real” camera…)
[When I try to describe Tallinn, I usually say that it looks like something straight off the set of “Shrek.” Now you see why.]
[We were understandably jubilant at the sight of the sun, a totally under-rated cosmic force that we hadn’t seen for a week or so]
[This story is posted on the wall of the Historical Museum of Tallinn, and it’s true, but I’m a big Monty Python fan and couldn’t help hearing it in my head in the voice of John Cleese. Fellow fans will undoubtedly understand.]
[Back alleys of Old Tallinn]
[I hadn’t had non-instant coffee in about three months. This cup of coffee was absolutely divine.]
[I don’t speak Estonian, but it seemed only right that this sign meant “NO BAG-SNATCHIN’!”]
[Every day I regret not having bought this hat.]
[The hustle and bustle of Tallinn’s Old City]
[Walking back to the intensely over-heated St. Olaf Hotel after some beautiful light snow]
[Tallinn’s Old City from above – check out the castle walls!]
So that’s Tallinn. It always makes me sad when I realized that 99.9% of people will never end up getting to see it, the Baltic States being in a corner of the world that most don’t frequent, and all. But it’s awesome. So you should go.
PS: The title of this blog is taken directly from the Lonely Planet’s Guide to Estonia. I think it’s followed by something like “in the sights of the beautiful Old City,” but we were too excited at the prospect of guide-book peer pressure to consider that as an option.