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Sep 24, 2017 - Helsinki to Tallinn

This morning we walked from the hotel to the harbour in Helsinki and caught a rather large Viking Line ferry across the Gulf of Finland to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The ferry ride took 3 hours and was uneventful. After checking in to our hotel we went on an orientation walk around the Old Town of Tallinn. It is beautiful!!! One of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Tomorrow is a free day, so can explore some more Perfect weather today!

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Beijing to Berlin

Sep 6, 2017 - Tallinn Hop-on Hop-off

We stayed in for breakfast this morning as Judi B scrambled eggs, cut up fresh fruit and I toasted some bread! Our plan for the day is to do the hop-off, hop- on bus to tour some areas outside of Old Town. We start out on the Green Line with the first stop Kadriorg Palace, a Petrine Baroque Palace built for Catherine 1 of Russia by Peter the Great. The Palace currently houses foreign art from the 16th and 20th centuries. The name of the Palace translates in Russian and also in Estonian into Catherine's Valley. The Palace sits on some...

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Sep 5, 2017 - Old Town and Beyond

Today we headed out of Old Town to the Estonian Open Air Museum which is a life-sized reconstruction of an 18th-century rural/fishing village, which comes complete with church, inn, schoolhouse, several and mills, a fire station, twelve farmyards and net sheds. All of the buildings are actual ones transported to this site. We got directions from the TI on how to get there by bus and passed thru Freedom Square where the War of Independence Victory Column stands commerating Estonia's War of Independence 1918-1920 on our way to the bus stop....

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Sep 4, 2017 - Tallinn Walking Tour

September 4 - Our First day in Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage site, we explore the medieval city with its old walled cobblestone streets. It has a current population of 400,000, obviously not all live within the old part of town. Our plans are to first find breakfast, find the local grocery to stock the kitchen and then do a free walking tour to become acquainted with the area. Found this lovely little Cafe just across the street for the most fluffy omelettes ever. They were served with a light spring/summer green salad and no bread....

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Sep 2, 2017 - Off to Estonia

Today we leave for Tallinn but our flight is not until 6:00 p.m. So we checked out of our hotel, stored our luggage and headed for Central Park. It is a gorgeous day and we had a nice leisurely walk to the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain Overlook and over to Strawberry Fields to see the Imagine mosaic, a couple of my favorite places. We found a nice Italian cafe for a late lunch and split a beet and goat cheese salad and proscuitto and mozzarella panino. Both the food and the service was excellent. We think there was more staff than...

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Aug 24, 2017 - Tallinn, Estonia

I arrived to my apartment in Tallinn and it was truly a soviet era building - the apartment could be used in any russian spy movie. I thought the KGB may come hustling up the stairway at any moment and I would be stuffed into a secret compartment behind a bookshelf. I inquired of my host whether the salon next door would be a good place to get a manicure and she said the women who work there only speak Russian and the one time she went in there to ask about a haircut she got yelled at so bad for coming in without an appointment she started...

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Aug 10, 2016 - Tallinn, Estonia - July 5, 2016

The cruise to Tallinn included a full day at sea which gave us enough free time to participate in the organized game of trivia – in which we did not do well. We also managed to play a few games of Wizard – one of my favorite card games - with Mark and Deb. The results were mixed. I had never heard of Estonia so I looked it up on the Internet and found they were part of the Soviet Union. In August 1991 they declared their Independence from Russia. This was recognized by Russian in September 1991. There were a number of free tours of the...

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Cruise of the Baltic

Jul 24, 2016 - Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn was first conquered by the Danes in 1219. In 1346 the Danish king sold it to Germany. In 1710 Russia took over under Peter the Great. Since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the Estonian capital has grown into a dynamic, chic and exciting city with modern architecture at the same time as preserving and restoring its historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Map of Tallinn Photo 1 HILTON TALLINN PARK We were fortunate that the newly-built futuristic Hilton Tallinn Park opened just one month before our...

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May 28, 2016 - At sea

Saturday May 28 Today was a day at sea, which meant time to relax and catch up on reading, emails and sleep! In fact, we were up quite early and went for breakfast in Mamsen's, a small restaurant named for the nickname of the Karine Hagen’s grandmother; Karen being Torstein Hagen's (the owner of Viking Ocean Cruises) daughter. The small restaurant principally serves food that Karine’s grandmother used to prepare in Norway. We had fresh fruit waffles with fresh fruit and a special sweet Norwegian cheese known as brown cheese. It was a nice...

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May 27, 2016 - Tallinn Estonia

Unesco heritage city. We walked the walls and visited many historic sites. Some buildings are original to medieval times and a lot of buildings are from 1500s. That's the good thing about being a Unesco site, the city gets lots of money to restore buildings. Had a great lunch just off the main square and then shopped on the sweater wall which is a portion of the city wall with sweater stalls underneath. Lots of Linen available here, shawls, scarves, sweaters, tea towels etc all beautifully done. They are allowed to drive in the walled...

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May 27, 2016 - Arrive Tallinn

Friday May 27 Today we docked at Tallinn, the capital of the republic of Estonia. Our email, which did not come while we were in St. Petersburg, loaded this morning. This was not surprising as Estonia is a very hi-tech country and the industry here created “Skype”! We docked around 8:00 for another sunny day, Although a bit cooler than yesterday (66 C). After a late, relaxed breakfast we left the ship to board a bus for a tour of Tallinn with our guide, Sheila, who began with some basic information about the country and the town: the...

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Apr 23, 2016 - Old Town of Tallinn

A Day in Tallinn's Old Town Saturday, April 23: Old Town Weather: colder than yesterday but not raining Highlights: - Set 7:00 alarm incorrectly on our new-ish smartphone -- woke up at 8:00. By 8:30 125 German orchestra members filled the breakfast area to capacity, depleting the availability of dishes and food. To their credit, the hotel did a good job of restocking the breakfast buffet but we had to be fast to grab what we wanted. We enjoyed chatting with one of the orchestra members about their tour schedule. - After I started us off...

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