After recovering a week from the Italy trip, I decided to travel to
Tallinn and see the city. Paula flew out and met me and we explored the
city together. Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, about 190km
north of Tartu on the coast. The old city (vanalinn) has a 14th century
wall and is one of the best preserved 14th century medieval walled
cities in the world.
Inside vanalinn are period houses, some dating back to the 14th century.
This is a wide street - most of them are narrow and the streets are made
of cobblestones. All these pictures are from between 4 and 8 October.
In the town square (Raekoja plats - the same name as the town square in
Tartu). The building is the town hall.
We climbed a church tower in the north part of the vanalinn and then I
took this shot of the old town looking southward (away from the Baltic
Sea, which is not far behind me).
On another day we went to see the 'Museum of the Occupations." Estonians
hold that they were occupied from 1940 forward - first by the Soviet
Union, then by Germany, and then again by the Soviet Union until 1991
when they gained re-independence. Here I am in the museum.
A fair walk away from the old town is Kadriog park with its palace.
Peter the Great first established the area and Catherine the Great
actually built this palace. We also visited Peter the Great's cabin where
he lived while some of the early buildings in the area were being
Paula and I at a scenic spot overlooking vanalinn (Old Town).
Next to Kadriog Palace (above) were these gorgeous trellises ablaze in
color with the fall. Paula is posing inside one of them.
In Pirita, a section of town along the coast. Here I am looking across
the bay at the WWII monument away from vanalinn.
From Pirita, looking back at vanalinn from near the WWII monument. You
can just see a cruise ship docked in the port on the right. Tallinn is a
popular vacation and cruise location.