|Latvian magazine selection in our hotel|
|Latvia-Estonia border -- no stopping!|
Our route took us along the coast, with a stop in the Estonian resort town of Parnu.
|Wooden buildings in Parnu|
|Typical housing in Parnu|
|On the beach. Not good swimming weather.|
|In the center of Parnu|
|The main pedestrian street|
|The oldest building in Parnu--the foundation dates from 1250|
|For those of you wondering where to get Nepalese food in Estonia|
|A much newer house, dating from 1740|
|I defy you to tell me what this says|
While I was having lunch at Restaurant Nikolai Lehtla, the sun came out, and I continued my walk around Parnu.
We then got back on the bus and headed for Tallinn.
|On the road to Tallinn|
|Another shot from the road|
|A house in Tallinn|
|Radisson Blu Hotel Olimpia in Tallinn|
|My cramped, but otherwise nice room|
As soon as I unpacked, I headed for Tallinn Old Town, a walk of about 1/3 mile.
|Estonian Opera House and Ballet Theater|
|Estonian Drama Theater|
|Soprus Movie Theater|
|For my viewers in the Detroit area|
|Town Hall Square|
A few shots from various locations in Old Town
|Holy Spirit Church|
|Tallinn Town Hall|
As I was leaving Old Town, I encountered a guy playing blues guitar on the street.
He was fantastic, and I went up to him to ask if he could play "Hey Joe" (my favorite), and before I even got up to him to ask, he started playing it!
|Flower vendors on the edge of Old Town|
Saturday, July 16: Tallinn
Today was the "official" walking tour of Talinn Old Town. We revisited several of the places I had walked by the previous evening. This was actually my second trip to Tallinn--in 1993, I took a ferry from Helsinki for a 3 hour visit. Some of the pictures below are paired with pictures I took in 1993.
Talinn Old Town consists of two sections--the Upper Town (where the rich people lived) and the Lower Town, where everyone else lived. We started in the Upper Town.
|Panoramic view of the plaza in front of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral|
|Toompea Castle and Pikk Hermann (the tower), dating from the 13th century|
|Pikk Herman, from my 1993 trip|
|Alexander Nevsky Cathedral|
|The front of Toompea Castle|
|Street in the Upper Town|
|St. Mary's Cathedral, established in the 13th century|
We walked to an overlook that had some nice views of the lower town.
|More proof that I was there|
|View of the Lower Town|
|Another view of the Lower Town|
|View of modern Tallinn from the Upper Town|
|Now, that's a museum!|
|Old and New Tallinn|
|The same view from my 1993 trip|
|Along the city wall in the Upper Town|
|Patkuli Viewing Platform|
|Another view of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral|
|Similar view from 1993|
After touring the Upper Town, we descended to the Lower Town.
|Panoramic view of Town Hall Square|
|Church of the Holy Spirit (in back)|
|Similar view from 1993|
|Estonian History Museum, located in an old guild house|
|Inside the Estonian History Museum|
|View of the Church of the Holy Spirit from the History Museum|
Just off Town Hall Square was Raeapteek, a pharmacy that has been in continuous business since 1422. It also houses a small museum.
|In the Pharmacy Museum|
|In the pharmacy part|
|A fashion shot|
|Another panorama of Town Hall Square|
|A similar, non-panoramic view from 1993|
|St. Nicholas Church|
|Freedom Square, just outside Old Town|
|One of the old city towers|
|As it looked in 1993|
|Several houses from the 16th century. The one now on the left is an archaelogical museum|
|Another street in Old Town|
|A similar street in 1993|
|An intersection in Old Town|
|"The Three Sisters", built in the 15th century, and now a hotel|
|The Three Sisters in 1993 (before it became a hotel)|
|"Fat Margaret", a tower in the city wall dating from the 14th century|
|Fat Margaret in 1993|
|A long wooden building across from the hotel|
|View of modern Tallinn from my room|
|A wooden church, across from the hotel|
After resting up, I walked back to Old Town for dinner. I stopped into a McDonalds, not to eat, but to see what was on the menu and what it cost.
|A Big Mac with fries and a Coke is 5 Euros|
|Viru Gate, on the east side of Old Town, dating from the 14th century|
I didn't intend to eat at an Indian restaurant, but I passed by one that had moose korma on the menu, and I couldn't resist.
|My last dinner in Tallinn, including moose korma|
After dinner I wandered over to St. Catherines Passage, the site of an old convent. There were several tombstones from the 14th century on display in the passage.
|A 14th century tombstone|
|Part of the convent|
From there, a final walk back to Town Hall Square, and back to the hotel.
|A last visit to Town Hall Square|
And thus ended a delightful stay in Tallinn, the Baltics and Belarus/Moldova.