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Jun 5, 2014 - Riga to Tallinn

Riga to Tallinn We went by car with a driver AND a guide from Riga to Tallinn. Pretty posh! Grammar has never done that before. There is no longer a direct train route but we could have gone by bus. Traveling as we did allowed us to make some stops. We had three significant stops: The first was at the Bikernieki Forest just outside Riga. This is a beautiful, mixed forest but it has a dreadful history. It was the biggest site of mass killing and burial of victims of Nazi terror in Latvia. From 1941 to 1944, 40,000 people, including Latvian...

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Jun 4, 2014 - Related World Heritage Sites and "Intangible Cultural "Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage Site descriptions (these are the official short descriptions) Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow, Russia Inextricably linked to all the most important historical and political events in Russia since the 13th century, the Kremlin (built between the 14th and 17th centuries by outstanding Russian and foreign architects) was the residence of the Great Prince and also a religious centre. At the foot of its ramparts, on Red Square, St Basil's Basilica is one of the most beautiful Russian Orthodox monuments. Lake Baikal,...

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Jan 18, 2014 - Day 27 - Tere Tallinna

We've been there before but when you're so close, you should visit. Last night we took at look at options for our trip to Tallinn. The hotel that we're staying at is right next door to Viking Line who has ferries that go to Tallinn (and Stockholm), so it makes sense to travel with them. Unfortunately, when we go to book online, it would appear that no ferries are available with them as the boat is out of action for planned maintenance until the 24th January. Do'h! The other alternative is a ferry with Tallink-Silja line. We went with them...

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Oct 11, 2013 - From Russia with love

Waking up every morning at 5:06 is strange and specific but becoming normal.. Attended to emails as usual but seemed to take ages to get nothing done this morning. Brekky was scrambled eggs instead of cereal... I'm really living on the edge aren't i? One of their coffees that's so strong you could stand a spoon up in it and back to the room to finish up and check out. But my key wouldn't work. I raced downstairs to get it fixed and later I found the hotel had turned all of our keys off. It freaked me out as it's not nice to be late and keep...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Days 46 to 49 - Tallinn (Estonia)

The ferry slowly pulled out of Helsinki harbour to head south across the Baltic Sea on 2nd October, the sun shone and it felt good to be back on the move again. I am very grateful to Maamar and Susanna for putting me up / up with me for the last couple of weeks, as I waited for my passport and the Trans-Sib visas from the UK and tried to finish off my pre-trip admin. Unfortunately, as the ship sailed on, I realised that I should really have sorted the Vietnam visa too, rather than wait until I get to Beijing, as I had had the time to...

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Sep 6, 2013 - Medieval Adventures

Ahhhh Dear Trip Journal, hmmmh here I am yet again....... There have been times during the solo parts of my travelling adventure when dear Trip Journal, you have been my companion and I have enjoyed spending a lonely evening recording and reliving the days events with you. On other occasions, after a long day of sightseeing, many hours of walking, staying up to then record my exciting day of adventures at midnight, loading photos etc, (sometimes in a dimly lit hotel foyer using a dodgy internet system) has seemed a bit of a pain and huge...

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Jun 27, 2013 - Tallinn 2

After 30 degrees yesterday it was pleasant to be off this morning after an excellent breakfast to walk further in the old town and then venture into the new Tallinn. Reflecting its history there are Russian Orthodox , Protestant and Catholic Churches and my early walk took me to Alexander Nevski Cathedral, in which there was a service underway with interesting singing, and Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin. Walking to the outside of the walls I was able to see another tower "Kiek in de Kok" very well preserved or perhaps renovated. My main...

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Jun 26, 2013 - Tallinn

Ferry across from Helsinki this morning smooth crossing but immediately apparent on arrival that this has been a USSR country in the not too distant past. My hotel is lovely and the staff extremely helpful, wanting to change my room so that I would not have to walk up two flights of stairs. I explained that I' m old but fit. Olga has just knocked on my door to deliver a bottle of water and offering to make my bed this evening; how hard can it be to turn back the cover and arrange the six pillows? I'm staying on the edge of the old town I.e....

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Jun 4, 2013 - Quiet Tallinn Day

Spent a quiet day today. Walked around and visited some of the really old churches. We had some fun with the costumed revelers, had a massage and just plain old relaxed. One of the things that really stands out is all the different languages one hears. The people of Tallinn are fluent in their language, Russian and English for the most part. Years ago the school kids had to take Russian language classes but now that Estonia is an independent country, the foreign language of choice is English. We have chatted with people from all of the...

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Jun 3, 2013 - Old Town Tallinn

A walking tour of Tallinn is like time travel back to the thirteen, fourteen and fifteen centuries although the area has been populated as a town since 3000 BC. Many countries have conquered the town but most recently the Russians under the Soviet Occupation. Many Estonians were sent to Siberia and not until 1956 were they allowed to return to Estonia. Several churches especially the Nevski Cathedral are a symbol of that occupation. Estonians have many tall tales in their history. They say a giant from inland established their country for...

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Jun 2, 2013 - Tallinn

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...

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May 17, 2013 - I vant to be alone

If you had only been free for 44 of the last 800 years, you’d be in a bad mood, too. Get out a map and look at Estonia and the neighborhood it is located in, and you can guess who was in charge over those 800 years. Some of the invaders like the Danish were fairly kind and brought culture and constructed many of the buildings we admired today. When the Finns were in charge, they were linguistically and culturally familiar to the locals. But when those Russians were around, people felt petrified, poor and imprisoned. After 22 years of...

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