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May 17, 2010 - Riga to Tallinn

Packed this morning and then walked down to catch 10am bus to Tallinn. Pretty uneventful trip arriving at the Tallinn bus station just before 2:30. Unusually the bus station here is not in the centre of town and there was little info inside the bus station. walked outside and found a large map display of the town. Decided we could walk it, so took some notes (3rd right, left at the T intersection, 5th right, 1st left, 2nd left, 5th left) and 30 minutes later arrived at our hotel - amazing! Actually it was not the hotel we are staying in,...

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May 5, 2010 - Mallorquines anywhere but in Siberia

"Voy a dejar de leer libros sobre Rusos y su historia... Y voy a leer mas sobre su estupidez." Esas fueron las palabras de mi madre tomando un cafe (sin tarta esta vez) tras salir de la embajada rusa. La historia continua en Tallin. Llegamos con el bus desde Narva, frontera Rusa. Buen tiempo, hostel immmpresionante cerquita de la estacion. Camino a la embajada. Es domingo, sabemos que estara cerrada pero asi consultamos horarios. Vueltas y tartas por Tallin y a la cama. ?a la cama he dicho?? No estamos acostumbrados!!! Esto es un...

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May 2, 2010 - Pues si en el bus a Rusia no nos dejan, cambiamos planes ylistos :OD

Hola chicos. Los rusos no nos dejan entrar a su pais. En el puesto de control de la frontera se han cargado mi pasaporte separando el libreto de la cubierta. Ahora estamos en la frontera Mananya volvemos a tallin. Necesitamos q nos digais donde esta la embajada espanyola en tallin, estonia y que busqueis cuanto tiempo puede ser necesario para arreglarlo, por si tuvieramos que cambiar los planes y dejar el transiberiano... A dormir!!! ===== Más tarde... ===== Bueno, no cai en que hoy era domingo asi que no leereis el email. Tras una horita...

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Sep 1, 2009 - Tallinn, Estonia

Today was the official first day of the "Tallin-Helsinki-St. Petersburg" tour. I arrived yesterday and spent the day running around town taking pictures, as the weather can change fast here. We all met at 5:00 for the orientation talk and then had a fantastic dinner together in the old town square. Today we met a local guide for a walking tour of the town and then had the rest of the day free. It's a pretty small group, 18 people, and mostly older folks. So far it seems like a pretty good group. It's been 11 years since I was last here and...

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Baltic Europe 2009

Aug 19, 2009 - Taken with Tallinn

My 90 minute high-speed (hydrofoil) ferry ride across the Gulf of Finland was smooth and very pleasant. As we neared the coastline of Estonia, I could easily make out the cathedral spires of Old Town. Situated just 50 miles south of Helsinki, Tallinn seems a world away. A former member of the Soviet Eastern Block, Estonians regained their independence in 1991. Since becoming a member of the European Union in 2004, the capital city of Tallinn has boomed. In fact, for the 3rd straight year, Tallinn has been ranked as one of the Top 7 most...

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Jul 31, 2009 - Beautiful Medieval Tallinn

Walking through old town Tallinn was like walking through a Disney movie set. It is the most delightful, perfectly preserved medieval town I’ve ever seen! I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do it. Get there by foot, I mean. Everyone warned us to take a cab to the “Fat Margaret Tower”, which is the entrance into the old town closest to the cruiseport. We were warned about hills, steep stairs, cobblestone streets and on and on and on. And me, with my bum knees and still-sorta-healing-from-the-last-trip-ankle . . . well, y’know. Lotsa nice folks...

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Jun 23, 2009 - Relaxing but Eventful Day

We had a lazy morning and a leisurely breakfast. I updated the website after three hectic days and Christine read and relaxed. After lunch David Christine and I went up to the bridge. The Cruise Critic members and some others were all given an invitation to see how the ship was run. Some who had been on many cruises had never seen the bridge of a ship before. We assembled at the stated time and were ushered onto the bridge to see how it is the command centre of the vessel. Monitors alert for fire and leaks and the status of the various...

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Jun 23, 2009 - Tallinn, Estonia

We woke to the sea as calm as a millpond and the sky bright blue, both of which continued all day. After breakfast we set off for Tallinn and walked into the old town. We passed Fat Margaret's Tower and up Pikk Street, admiring the old buildings, including the Ministry of police which is in the building once occupied by the KGB. We turned into the Town Hall Square and on to the Tourist Information Office where we rented audio walking tour guides which proved most beneficial, though Christine complained that manipulating the audio guide, the...

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Apr 30, 2009 - Talinn - Medieval Works for Me

Hi - I'm visiting a series of locations in the Baltic Republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. They're all lovely and I've uploaded a lot of photos. Here's what I've found in Estonia. Tallin's Old Town is a delight - medieval architecture including churches, guild halls, museums, a giant square surrounded by dozens of interesting restaurants, and the bastions of a once fortified city. Strolling around a Medieval City has one downer and that's the impact on knees from the cobblestones, but at least one of them doesn't seem to mind. The...

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The Euro-Spring-Tour

Dec 6, 2008 - Blistering Baltics

Our exploratory journey through Europe concluded with short visits to the three Baltic States, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. While interesting to visit and explore the well preserved old towns in each of these countries, as well as meet up with a few contacts, our exploration was limited by illnesses (we each had colds and were exhausted) and the extremely frigid winter temperatures in the region! Jump to full entry

Sep 20, 2008 - Estonia

Estonia is beautiful. Amazing. I am staying with Kevin Mason, a missionary here in Tallinn. He has a wonderful family and a great home just out of town. The flight to Estonia was delayed for hours, arrived here in Tallinn well after midnight. I slept until after 10 a.m. this morning . . . a little unusual for me, but my body clock is all messed up. About noon, we headed to town to see the city. Tallinn sits on the Baltic almost directly south of Helsinki, Finland. Estonia was, of course, part of the Soviet Union, a small Baltic State that...

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Paul on the Baltic

Aug 12, 2008 - TALLINN

DAY 30 - Tallinn, Estonia Arriving at 6:30 local time was sweet. As in St. Petersburg, the place was completely deserted until about 10:00. We greatly enjoyed wandering around the narrow cobblestone streets, scoping out nice looking cafes, and exploring the nooks and crannies of the old Castle Walls. The central square (Raekoja Plats) was empty ... which was nice because at noon it was SWARMING with tourists! So we enjoyed having old town seemingly all to ourselves :) After enjoying being some of the only people in the middle of Raekoja...

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