October 28th, 2021
Hight's Sabbatical Pictures

Part 12: Tallinn

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 constructed.

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.

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