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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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Oct 6, 2012 - Tallinn, Estonia

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND In the interest of expediency, here are some excerpts from the Lonely Planet - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania chapter on Tallinn: If you’re labouring under the misconception that ‘former Soviet’ means dull and grey and that all tourist traps are soulless, Tallinn will delight in proving you wrong. This city has charm by the bucket load, fusing the modern and medieval to come up with a vibrant vibe all of its own. It’s an intoxicating mix of ancient church spires, glass skyscrapers, baroque palaces, appealing eateries,...

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Sep 7, 2012 - Baltic Tiger

It’s that time of the year again. I’m off on my way to Africa for a third year, this time on the clock. As the Program Director for the Alaska Sudan Medical Project, I have my work cut out for me for the next several months as we have some vital projects to complete in “the village” in South Sudan. I figured I’d fire up the old TripJournal again. I can’t believe it has been 8 years since my first post. Might as well keep her going, as I am sure there will be some noteworthy diversions in this African adventure. Whether they will be welcome...

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Sep 7, 2012 - Tallinn, Estonia

Took the ferry to Tallinn, Estonia for the day a great old Russian city to walk around in, lots of old Church's and the old city wall had some lunch before going back to the ferry heading back to Helsinki. Great day exploring the city even with the off and on rain shower.

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Jul 29, 2012 - Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It was an important port for trade between Russia an Scandinavia and therefore Estonia became a target for invading forces. Throughout history, Estonia has been under Danish, Swedish, German and Russian rule. Estonia gained full independence in 1991. Today, the city of Tallinn is a vibrant, thriving metropolis. It is the story of three cities; an ancient citadel, the Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage List), and the new modern city. Toompea Hill is the site of the city's famous citadel,...

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Aug 1, 2011 - Tallinn and Parnu

We arrived in Tallinn before lunch and quickly checked into our hostel before heading into the amazing old town for lunch. After lunch we wandered for a little while then tracked down a supermarket and a pharmacy as I was still sick. That night we discovered the amazing food in the Baltics before heading back to our sweat box of a hostel. The 28th I realised I was still very unwell and our sweat box room with no fan and windows that didn't open was not helping. Eventually I managed to drag myself out for the walking tour and a bowl of soup...

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Jul 16, 2011 - Tallinn, Estonia

We arrived in Tallinn, Estonia on a foggy Saturday morning. It looked like it was going to be a cold day, but it quickly cleared and warmed. Tallinn is a beautifully preserved medieval town. We proceeded to do a walking tour by Rick Steves’, the travel guru. Before entering the city gates, we spotted a monument dedicated to victims of a tragic ferry boat accident in 1991. Juju decided to climb it (it was about 30 - 40 feet from the ground). Mom was scared out of her mind and had to turn away to take a picture of another couple to keep...

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Jun 12, 2011 - Estonia

12th June Now on the ferry to Estonia! Finished our Scandinavian bit of the tour did about 1200 miles so not bad in 4 weeks. Yesterday spent the day in Helsinki. Not particularly pretty and scenic like Copenhagen and Stockholm but we enjoyed our day as there was a Samba Parade from the main square which was really colourful and vibrant against the backdrop of the Cathedral. We just looked at the weather and Finland is the hottest place so it felt like the cocacabana in bright sunshine and 28 degrees. We also caught the tail end to a music...

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May 30, 2011 - Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia is the smallest of the Baltic States and also the most westernized. Independence from Russia was declared in 1991 after being under their control since 1710. Tallinn is an important Baltic harbor and one of the prettiest cities in the Baltic. The old town is a medieval enclave with old walls, towers, winding cobbled lanes and buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. The decision was to see Tallinn on our own. We got a late start so we took the shuttle into town. We bought post cards and also mailed our Russian ones. Will they do...

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