Medieval Tourist Tallinn
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
143Trip End Sep 30, 2010
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The old town is very medieval themed, mostly because of the old buildings and city walls, but also partly because of the sheer number of Estonians dressed in medieval costume trying to flog anything from medieval beer to medieval postcards to a skinny soy latte. Well, whatever marketing works I guess.
Tallinn also seems to be a city struggling with the balance of old and new
We joined a guided tour of the system of defensive tunnels that snake their way under the city. Originally built for secretly moving troops around in the event of a siege, the tunnels have also been used as a prison, bomb shelter, Soviet bunker, studio for anti Soviet punk rock jam sessions and most recently as shelter to homeless people.
Tallinn is surrounded by wooded parks (I would say leafy, but the trees still haven't grown summer leaves yet). We visited the ruins of St Brigids monastery with its enormous Cathedral as well as Kadriorg park, with the Russian palace built by the Tsar for his wife, Catherine I. (Nothing quite like a whopping great pink palace to say happy anniversary).
Not yet having had enough of local buses in Estonia, or lack thereof, we decided to try and daytrip to Lahemaa National Park