Discovering Tallinn

Trip Start Aug 26, 2005
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Trip End Sep 07, 2005


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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Discovering the old town of Reval (as Tallinn once was called)

Ele made us a good breakfast with bread, ham, cheese, milk and mustard, and then we went to the Department Stores in search of a rain cover for Claudia's backpack. We were not lucky so we decided to head for Old Town and hoped the dark clouds that were gathering overhead were just a temporary threat.

Even though it was my third time in Tallinn, we did so many things I hadn't done before, like climbing the stairs to the Town Hall Tower. It's quite a steep climb but worth the effort. Price is 15 Estonian Crowns (EEK) (about 1 €).

Afterwards Claudia still hadn't enough of climbing, so she went up to St. Olaf's Church (Oleviste Kirik), which was once the tallest building in Europe. An old legend claims that the church was built to attract more merchant ships to the town by a mysterious craftsman who promised to work for free if the townspeople discovered his name (Olev). In reality, the church took its name from the canonised Norwegian king, Olav Havaldsson. The first mention of the church dates to 1267, but the interior dates to 1840 and reflects that era's Historicist bent. Unfortunately we could go up, but not into the church as it was being prepared for a service.

Then we visited some other landmarks, a list can be found on the next page.

But the strangest sight of the day must have been the archery competition that was going on at the foot of Toompea Hill. Some bored youngsters decided to use the local archery range to shoot each other ! Just check the pictures, I'm sure the poor kid must have been in pain.

We had some lunch in a pub (pancakes with minced meat, shrimps and mushrooms) and washed it down with a local beer, Saku Originaal.

Then some museums (Marzipan museum - arguably the smallest museum in Tallinn - and the Adamson-Eric museum - www.ekm.ee/adamson-eric ).

We ended the afternoon with a plum juice in a very nice bookshop and then Ele took us on an "Ekskursioon" to her favourite bars, restaurants and even some places where she had never been before. My favourite was undoubtedly the wine cellar Gloria Veinikelder (http://www.gloria.ee/welcome/index.html) with its little secret rooms...and then there was the infamous XCLUB (http://www.xclub.ee/). Ele arranged a little "Ekskursioon" in here as well, I was surprised that we could just walk in there with our rucksacks and jeans...be careful when looking at the website, you must be at least 18 years old...hihihi !

In the evening we met some other Hospitality Club (HC) members (www.hospitalityclub.org) like Kaarel, Hatifnat and Hannak, and we had a nice time relaxing and talking about our travels.

and late at night we took some time to explain Ele the art of using Photoshop...
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