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Jun 28, 2018 - Culture in Tartu

Walking around the C18th classical architecture cultural city including Raekoj Plats town square and its "kissing students". A visit to Toomemagi Cathedral Hill - a stronghold in C5th & C6th and now university buildings and park. 9am we met up with our guide for the next 2.5 hours: Marieka. She was very good, talked clearly and directly to us and waited for everyone to catch up when we got behind (taking too many photos !). We walked via the river from the hotel to the town centre via the Pig (and its other half – the pork), the Town...

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Jun 27, 2018 - Travelling to Tartu

Lots of travelling today to Estonia's second city, Tartu. Stopping at Parnu for lunch and ferry to Tartu for a free evening to explore the leafy university city. Tartu Hotel. A really long day so let’s see how it went ! We headed for the electric ferry, going over to Koguva & Kuivastu on Muhu to Virtsu on the mainland, then drove two hours towards Parnu. For some reason it was deemed necessary to paddle on the beach (my feet stayed dismissively dry) before being given two hours to walk around Parnu which was to include lunch. I had a cheese...

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Apr 25, 2016 - Tartu Neighbourhoods

Monday, April 25: Tartu Neighbourhoods Weather: Partly cloudy/~42F for most of the day Highlights: - a quiet hostel breakfast of muesli, yoghurt, black bread and tea - seeing buildings in the Karlova (Russian) neighbourhood - a Salem Baptist Church (Salemi Kirik) with a modern look - learning to watch for bicycles from all sides and everywhere - the free food give-away for "Student Days" in the Town Market Square - good info from the Tourist Center on the Square and buying a Bus Card for 2€ - .20€ for a WC stop - wandering through...

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Apr 24, 2016 - Bus to Tartu

Sunday, April 24: Tallinn to Tartu Weather: ~40F/overcast in the morning, ~45F/overcast with rain after 16:00 Highlights: - making it to the Linnahall tram stop on time - arriving at the Tallinn Bus Depot with plenty of spare time - getting our boarding passes using the e-tickets we bought online last night - a pleasant bus ride with views of some rural areas and nesting storks - buying our bus tickets for our next two stops -- Oidremaa Manor and Lihula - eating a late lunch at Aparaat - navigating to the hostel and around the Old...

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Apr 24, 2016 - A Tartu Walking Tour

Exploring Tartu While historians and archaeologists can not agree on a definite date when Estonia's capital, Tallinn, was first settled (some time before 1000 AD) they seem to be in agreement about Tartu's beginnings. Traces of a fortress on Cathedral Hill (Toomemagi) were dated to about 600 AD. It was called Tarbatu. Tallinn, Estonia's capital and its largest city, has always been the center of power, trade and commerce. Tartu, the second-largest city in Estonia, considers itself the intellectual and cultural capital of Estonia. Its...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Out in Estonia

14th June This is definitely not Scandinavia. Just 2 hours across the Baltic sea but a world apart. We have, unwittingly done this very well. Denmark felt very much like England but neater, Sweden again felt very comfortable except at the bar (when you could find one) and Finland started to feel more foreign with a definite Russian influence. Here we can definitely identify that this was part of the USSR until they gained independence in 1991 – very recent and we have seen this described as the ‘Communist Terror’. We have just spent a...

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Oct 27, 2010 - Tartu - Oct 25-27

October 25, 2010 Given I was up until 2am watching the NFL and then up again at 3am to check the clock I had only myself to blame for being tired this morning. I had set the alarm early in the hope it would be light enough for me to rush up to the windmill and take some photos but alas it was not to be. The bus to Tartu left Kuressaare at just after 8am and just after 9am we were back on the ferry to the mainland. The bus took around 6 hours to get to Tartu and I slept quite a lot of it. When I was awake however, there was some really cool...

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Dec 7, 2009 - Preparation for the Trip

Two more days to go. Me, Tõnu, Alice, Aime, Suki and Madis are going to explore some Asian countries. HongKong-Thailand-Malaysia. Today I found out that Finnish luggage carriers are on a strike and some of the bags have just been lying in the airport for nearly two weeks already. Which means I shouldn't put any bags in luggage but should try to take them with me on the airplane. Tõnu and Madis went a week earlier, right now they are in Vietnam and say that it is crazy. What does the "crazy" mean I don't know yet. Maybe too many people in...

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Asia. December 2009.

Aug 8, 2006 - TARTU..University city.. Estonia

South of Tallinn is a beautiful university town with tree lined streets, a town square, lots of outdoor cafes and 10 different colleges. Founded in 1831 by a Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus. At that time The Estonia was under control and occupation of Sweden, just one of several neighboring countries to have invaded and taken control of the Baltic States. Others included Poland, Finland, the Crusaders, Germany and Russia. They had a brief period of independence from 1918 to 1939..then the two world wars would end that until 1991 when all the...

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Jun 17, 2005 - The City of Good Thoughts

Tartu is a lovely town, and it receives only a fraction of the visitors that Tallinn receives. Although it is Estonia's second largest city, Tartu has a quaint village feel in the center, with quiet pedestrian streets, lush ambling parks and marvelous tree-lined paths along both sides of the river Emajogi as you follow it out of town. The town's jewel is its university, Estonia's oldest and most prestigious, and student life gives creative energy to the old city. This being the summer, the jazz bars, cafés and smoky underground bars were...

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Sep 27, 2004 - Tartu

After farewelling Amanda (Californian) at bus depot, travelling quartet set out on day of road trip. Destionation SE corner of Estionia, Settoma provinces. This collection of small villages represent an ancient culture of pagan farmers which to this day retain much of their folklore, language and architecture. Unfortunately visiting out-of-summer season meant we couldnt take in the costumes and festivities of the people, however rambling through a local museum and ticky-touring through villages gave us a good idea of how things down here...

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Nils Travels 2004