On 26 Oct I was invited to tag along with some friends to see some more
of southern Estonia. We first went to Otepää
(that is the town hall above), which is a sports resort area. In the
summer they have lakes and recreation and in the winter they have skiing
and other sporting events.
Near Otepää is Pühajärv, which literally
means "holy lake." Apparently the lake is a religious icon of sorts. The
Dalai Lama actually planned a special trip and did come to see and bless
the lake. Here I am with Maria and Piotr (Marta's parents), Lee Bonass
and her son Fredo.
Again on the shores of Pühajärv. I thought
the boat (which had seen better days and was being used to hold some
plants) was sort of cool in a picturesque sort of way.
Walking around the lake. Fredo decided at the last minute he wanted to
be in the picture too.
After the lake, we sought out Sangaste Loss (Sangaste castle). It is
locally famous but was hard to find, tucked away along back roads.
Apparently at one time the manor was brilliant. They are trying to raise
money to fully restore it. Despite the age and wear (it was built in the
19th century) it was impressive.
Inside Sangaste. During the summer and fall I think you can book a room
and stay here. I was told that the ballroom and some areas are booked
for weddings and parties.
Sangaste from the rear of the estate.
Me proving to you that indeed I was there, and that I am not just
borrowing the pictures of other people. I am showing my consternation
here that you would think such a thing of me....