The stunning domed roof of St. Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Tallinn.

Memories of Tallinn, Estonia

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A beautiful, historic, city

Tallinn; what a lovely, friendly city, and as we had imagined, was very easy to access on foot. So we set about exploring the city, strolling all around the cobbled streets and lanes.

Although there was a bit of a climb up to Alexander Nevsky’s Cathedral and Toompea Hill, it was certainly worth it.



Highlights


The impressive defensive walls, towers and gates that surround the medieval Old Town, has a wonderful imposing presence and makes this a very striking element of Tallinn.

The old town walls lend Tallinn some of its medieval charm, Estonia

The Raekoja plats, ‘Town Hall square’ to you and me, this is quite an impressive square, which considering its size is well hidden behind the architecture that encompasses it. This felt a very relaxed meeting place for locals and visitors alike.

One of the many bars that line the old town hall square in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn’s Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one greatest preserved and intact medieval cities in Europe and for this alone is worth the visit

Patkuli viewing platform - one of the best views of Old Tallinn, Estonia

  • Extremely friendly locals whom made you feel very welcome.



Pleasures


Strolling along the cobblestoned streets, and around some corners it was like stepping back in time.

This cobbled street, Pikk, lies just a stones throw from the old town square in Tallinn.

  • We tried some curious food, particularly the ‘Pigs Ears’ at the Beer House bar. Not too sure if they should be mentioned under ‘Pleasures’, as I don’t think I will rush to have them again (very chewy).

  • Drink, well that was also interesting as we tried the local liqueur tipple ‘Vana Tallinn’, which is rum based. We sampled it as a coffee liqueur and at the time thought it was rather nice, so we bought a bottle at the airport on the way home. I think it may have been a mistake, as the bottle we bought is still sitting untouched in a cupboard.

A birthday spa treatment at the Hotel Telegraaf, where we were staying.

Hotel Telegraaf, Tallinn, Estonia



Treasures


  • Often when I travel somewhere new, I pick up a little Christmas souvenir of the place, so when I decorate the tree every December, memories start flooding back of our travels. Tallinn was no exception, I purchased Estonia’s equivalent of the Matryoshka dolls (Russian Dolls). Perhaps a little cheesy, but memories sometimes are.



A funny moment


  • It was unavoidable, I even got to the last day without it being mentioned, but Gary uttered those fateful words, “shall we try the Depeche Mode bar“. It was early lunch time so there was still a chance it wasn’t open, but low and behold it was. We stepped down into this underground bar, just to find we were the only ones in there, with the dulcet tones of Dave Gahan echoing in the back ground.

We stayed for one quick beer, then I made a swift move for the exit once someone else had turned up.



What I would do differently


  • More research
  • Be a bit more adventurous



A slight disappointment


  • Double edged sword really, we managed to avoid the ‘stag’ parties as they had headed away from the Old Town, as the beer prices were cheaper further out. But what I didn’t realise was that Tallin is a popular destination for the cruise liners. Timing lunch was an art that we quickly learnt.

We really enjoyed Tallinn and has certainly given us a taster for other Baltic countries.



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Memories of Tallinn, Estonia was last modified: February 19th, 2017 by Janis