A four hour ferry across the Baltic Sea to Tallinn, Estonia. Tallinn is an old city and we are staying within what is termed the "old town". The old town is within a medieval built walled city. The houses date back to the late 1500-1600 time frame with mullioned windows, tiny alley ways, small entry doors to places and beautiful ornate gothic churches. After WWII Estonia became part of the Soviet UNion so there is a lot of Russian cultural influence here. Now the country is separated from Russia and part of the EU.
We arrived at the start of their yearly "Old Town Days" festival. So there is entertainment in the town square and at different venues. This lasts for a week. It is very family oriented. We sat, listened and watched native Estonia dance groups perform on stage in the square and then a prestigious Columbia dance group perform. Yes, Columbia, as in South America. They danced their native dances like the Samba, Tango, Cha Cha etc. I never saw people dance so fast. The dancers were all quite thin.....no wonder.
Tonight we are headed to a Russian restaurant, Dick's choice. Should be interesting. Last night's Lapland meal left me wondering how much weight I am going to lose on this trip. Well, at least I know I like Blinis and Borsht;-)
Tomorrow we plan to explore the town in depth. There is so much to see and I just love the medieval flare of the town.