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The Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia.

This is the begining of my trip to Estonia starting at the Old Town area of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The image is of one of the gateways into the historic Old Town.

The airport is about 20 minutes walk from the centre of Tallinn or there are frequent busses that run between the city and the airport.

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Polish Embassy Tallinn, Estonia

This image is of the Polish Embassy in the centre of the Old Town in the capital of Estonia. Many of the embassies are located in this part of Tallinn.

The Old town with it's narrow passageways is a great place to wander around and relax. This is where I discovered that Estonia being in the Euro is not a cheap place to visit.

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Tallinn Old Town Market Square

Tallinn Town Hall Square is one of the ‘must visit places’ in the centre of Tallinn, as it lays at the heart of the historic Old Town.

The first mention of Town Hall Square is from 1313 when it was called forum. Over the centuries the square has had the following names: market in 1371, Vana Turg in 1442, Saksa Turg and Rootsi Turg (Turg = Market, Vana = Old, Saksa = German, Rootsi = Swedish). The current name of, "Raekoja Plats" has been used since 1923.

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Old Tallinn City Wall

With 1.9km of its original city wall and 20 defensive towers still standing, Tallinn boasts one of Europe’s best preserved medieval fortifications. In fact, a large part of what gives the Old Town of Tallinn it's fairytale charm is the defensive system of walls and towers that surrounds the settlement.

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Tallinn Market Square

After my flight to Tallinn from London I was feeling a bit hungry so decided to stop at this place in the Old Town market square. I had a pork chop a few chips and cabbage with a small beer. Cost 25.90 Euros! Ripped off.

My advise, be a bit careful about some of these tourist eating locations.

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My Walk Around Tallinn, Estonia

I had a lovely afternoon in the late summer sunshine walking around this acient city of Tallinn. A compact tourist city with lots to see but the cafes are rather expensive for us Brits.

Grenka Restaurant Tallinn

 

Grenka Restaurant Tallinn

Grenka Restaurant Tallinn

Had a delightful meal at the Grenka Restaurant just around the corner from where I was staying at Pärnu mnt 76, Tallinn, Estonia. Telephone +372 655 5514

What they say about themselves.

"Welcome to Grenka! Here we're proud to cook simple, honest and healthy food that tastes of home. We offer nourishing breakfasts, filling lunches and elegant dinners. We make mouth-watering pies. And Grenkas.

We believe that a simple combination of three elements - delicious food, cosy atmosphere and good-minded people - can result in a genuine and truly enjoyable experience. In the same way, the three grenkas in our logo come together to create something greater than the sum of parts. Come and discover this Grenka experience for yourself!"

Tallinn Railway Station

 

Tallinn Railway Station

Tallinn Railway Station

Estonian: Balti jaam - Tallinn railway station is the smallest capital city's train station I have ever visited. On track 1 you can leave for Russia (196km to the border at Narva), St Petersburg and Moscow. All local commuter, long distance and international trains depart from the station. Elron provides fast, convenient and safe rail connections throughout Estonia. Go Rail sells tickets for the Tallinn-St. Petersburg-Moscow line.

The Baltic Station (Balti jaam) has seven platforms, two are situated away from the rest and serve either the international Tallinn–Moscow and Tallinn–Saint Petersburg routes performed by GoRail, or Elron's long distance routes to Pärnu or Viljandi. Platforms closer to the station building are mostly used by the commuter trains or long distance routes to Tartu or Narva.

Museum of Occupation

Museum of Occupation Tallinn

I spent several hours watching video recordings of Estonians who lived through World War II and the Soviet occupation of their country at the Museum of Occupation. It was so sad to see how Estonians fought against each other. It also helped to explain why there are 28% of the population who are Russian.

Cost of Pizza in Tallin

Cost of Pizza in Tallin

Bring your bank manager with you if you want to eat pizza in Tallinn. Between 7 and 16 euro's for a pizza? That is about £6.50 to £15.!

Estonia is not a cheap country to visit and prices for eating out are quite expensive, so if you are on a low budget you will need to search for places that are within your price range.

Tallinn River Pirita

Tallinn River Pirita

The River Pirita, Estonian: Pirita jõgi is a 105 km, 65 mile long river in northern Estonia that drains into Tallinn Bay being part of the Gulf of Finland, at Pirita, Tallinn. The basin area of the Pirita is 799 km².

Pirtita is to the north of Tallinn city centre and has a popular beach, adventure park and yacht harbour, Pirita is Tallinn's destination for summer fun. A district, only a few kilometres from the city centre it is also an area of breathtakingly beautiful nature with the refreshing scent of pine trees.

In the early 20th century, this seaside area began to develop into a destination for rides and bathing at the weekend, and the sandy beach is still a huge draw whenever the weather turns warm in summer.

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Tartu, Estonia

I journeyed from Tallinn, the capital to Tartu by coach, a distance of about 185km.

Tartu is the second largest city in Estonia with a population of about 97,000. The nickname of the city, 'The City of Good Thoughts', possibly refers to the university being the most important one in the country. It is reported as being the oldest city in the Baltics.

Tartu, Estonia

Tartu, Estonia

Ok, lets start1off with some basic facts of Tartu.
Population: 97,153 @ 1st January 2016
Ethnic mix: Estonians 79% - Russians 15% - Others 6%
Local time is GMT+2hours
Electricity 220 volts AC 50Hz with European type sockets.
The language - part of the Finno-Ugric group, Finnish and Hungarian. Many young people speak good English.

Tartu on the River Emajõgi

 

Tartu on the River Emajõgi

Tartu on the River Emajõgi

Emajõgi is a river in Estonia which flows for about 100km from Lake Võrtsjärv through Tartu County into Lake Peipus, flowing through the city of Tartu for 10 km and being the main crossing point of the river.

The name Emajõgi means "Mother River" in Estonian. The Emajõgi River is the second largest in Estonia by discharge and the only fully navigable waterway. The Emajõgi River has been used as a waterway and trade route for centuries but has been somewhat of a problem for overland transport as the river flows in a low-lying and swampy valley.

Kantri Hotel, Tartu

Kantri Hotel, Tartu, Estonia

Poor quality construction with very little sound insulation. Could hear everyone else in their rooms. Doors made a loud noise when closed. Tap in bathroom broken. Room was clean and bed comfortable. Receptionist good and helpful. Breakfast OK. 6 out of 10.

Update - Their website says that the hotel is closed as from 1 November 2017. I do not know if this is permanent or just for the winter.