On Tallinn

We started in Amsterdam, and after a stop in Warnemunde, Germany along with an hour time change ahead, we arrived in Tallinn, Estonia.

Tallinn, Estonia was one of the ports we were very anxious to visit. My wife had an uncle who fled Estonia with his family, and never returned. Just 59 miles across the water from Helsinki, Finland, travel guru Rick Steves called Tallinn with its intact medieval sector, “The most interesting city in that corner of Europe.”

From the port (our ship is on the right), it was an easy 10-minute walk to the Old City.

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Enter the Gates at the Fat Margaret Tower

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To stroll their the medieval streets and the bountiful offering of shops

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To discover some of the inner passages

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Along the inner walls where we would find unexpected visitors, possibly from the other cruise ship

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Finding signs along the way for guidance

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To a town square with outdoor cafes

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To the splendor of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral

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To the sparse, but beautiful St.Olaf’s (now a Baptist church)

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To outside the walls into the modern city searching for the one location where we would exchange old Estonian money for Euros

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So why not lunch at an outdoor café

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With an Estonian beer

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The intriguing Freedom Square on our return walk to the Old City.

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Who would have imagined a Marzipan Museum

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As we sail away from this Baltic gem with its medieval structures, we were given a sight similar to that my wife’s uncle painted of his final image. We smiled … and then wondered about the next two days in St. Petersburg, Russia – and another jump-ahead time change. (Direct link to St. Petersburg post)

Meanwhile, below the last picture is a delightful 2-minute video tour of Tallinn.

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69 thoughts on “On Tallinn

  1. Oh, shoot, ya should’ve saved the Estonian money. Heck, I’d a bought some from you! 😀 (I’m surprised you could exchange money – I thought the EU had shut all that off, so that folks HAD to use Euros.)
    The Baltic countries were lucky – they were out of range for US/UK bombers, and by the time the Russians were counter-attacking the German army, the Germans were in headlong retreat, so there wasn’t a lot of destructive siege warfare.
    There’s a Lithuanian Orthodox church not far from O’Hare in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago, that looks VERY similar to the Russian Orthodox one you have pictured. I LOVE that architectural style!
    I can’t wait to see your shots of ….. LENINGRAD! LENINGRAD, dang you, it’s LENINGRAD! Pavel Chekov was still calling it Leningrad in the 23rd century, so it’s LENINGRAD to us! See? Everything I ever needed to know, I learned from “Star Trek”. Hey – that sounds like a great book title! 😉 )

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  2. Thanks Frank. I enjoyed your tour of Tallinn, and your photos – what a beautiful medieval city. (Interesting to read John E’s comment that Estonia escaped the 2nd world war bombing.)

    I didn’t realize that Baltic cruises were on such big ships.

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    • Rosie,
      Tallinn is a gem, and cruises are a great way to get a nibble of many great cities of northern Europe. Meanwhile, John E is very good at adding WW II info ,,, as a matter of fact, I count on it. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Isn’t it a fabulous city? I loved my visit there. And it’s funny, because I took a photo of a bunch of street signs clustered together, too. I’ll have to look back to see if it was the same grouping as yours. 🙂

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  4. Coincidentally, i am wearing the Tallinn coin that was made into a necklace tonight. Thank you so much for sharing your photos. This is a remarkable city with courageous people. I especially liked their Freedom Chain…

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  5. We went to Tallin from Helsinki for the day a while ago. It is a very pretty city, but we found the people to be most unhelpful, and were not at all friendly unless you were actually buying something from them.

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  6. Can see you like your beer *smile – never been to Tallinn or Estonia, but I have friends that has been there and they came back .. lyrical about the place.
    In 28 September 1994 a ferry between Tallinn and Stockholm went under, sank during a stormy night – 852 people died. So for us Swedes – Tallinn also carry some sadness.

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    • Viveka,
      Yep … I recall the ferry news, and it must be sad for all in the region. Actually, I’m not a big beer drinker (prefer wines) … but on that day, a beer fit the occasion. Thanks for sharing the ferry news with all.

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      • It was very sad when it happen, the whole union section for the Stockholm police force was killed and the all member of city council for a smaller town in Sweden. I think we are all deepen by it still. Sweden also lost over 900 people in the Tsunami.
        We are a small country – but we had some losses.

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  7. What a lovely trip. I think the way you traveled sounds like such a wonderful balance between relaxation and getting your walking shoes on and just exploring. I love the marzipan museum. That would be a must for me! 🙂 A very lovely city, and I am sure the photos are first glimpse for me.

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  8. Awesome! I have a good friend from Finland who has made me quite interested in Estonia for quite some time. Apparently, Estonia and Finland share a lot heritage together, as well as surprisingly similar languages.

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  9. your photo’s gave a great feel to the area. I think it’s great that there was family history. I think that makes the trip even that much more interesting. Makes me want to travel. Beautiful builings and outdoor cafes. Looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. :+)

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  10. Frank, this is awesome! I’ve been waiting for your cruise pictures (I actually thought you had forgotten about posting them), because this is the next cruise that WW and I want to take. I’ll show WW these pictures tonight to get him inspired. I am struck by how well preserved Tallinn is and how clean it is. Wow, what a treat. I’m sure you and Mrs. A had a wonderful time. Thanks for giving us something to think about other than elections crazies. Cheers!

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    • E-Tom,
      Glad you enjoyed this plus I hope the two of you get to go soon. Wonderful trip!!! By the way, links in the first paragraph for 2 others posts I did about this cruise. Don’t miss them. 😉 Thanks for visiting.

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