Today is the independence day of my fair homeland. Happy birthday Finland!
As you can see from the earlier photos, there is a lot to see and do in the thriving capital of Estonia. Summer or Christmas time are maybe the best times to visit but whenever you go, there is always plenty to do.
The town square in the old city. There are many churches in the city, some very beautiful to look at.
Beautiful small details on a street store. Lovely color as well.
The rain, a constant companion on this trip.
Old well on the street. I can almost smell the history of a place looking at such details.
No trip would not be complete without enjoying some of the finer things in life.
Excellent cake, a great treat for a pause from roaming the streets.
Again with the contrast of old buildings in bad condition and a brand new Range Rover. Lovely car, would be great in Finnish winter or in the Sahara..
Punk is not dead!
Citywalls still stand.
I highly recommend anyone visiting Europe to visit Tallinn. Also a fun thing to do would be to visit Helsinki and Tallinn both. For the budget minded Tallinn is the better bet though..
Continuing on the first post on Tallinn. Sorry for the very slow updating, work has been totally immersive and the last thing on my mind after a workday has been to sit on the computer and type.
This post is mainly photos of Tallinn, street shooting so to speak. As cities go, Tallinn is, very friendly place to photograph and there are excellent backdrops for a nice background. Ultimately these photos may not be the best I have taken, but I like the mood an feel they can convey a little bit of the spirit of the city.
Small side streets for pedestrians in the old city.
The old city is mainly cobblestone so good shoes are a must.
To hold the hand of ones lover makes even the worst weather a bliss.
A bank, and in front a Mercedes S65 AMG.. Somehow goes to show how the bankers get rich while the rest of us well.. Don’t..
Students mingling on the streets in the afternoon.
Reflections. This scene immediately caught my eye. Lovely reflection and just a bit of waiting to get the people aligned in the right place.
All photos taken with old but trusty digital dinosaurs by Nikon.
Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and alongside Stockholm one of the most popular travel destinations for us Finns. It is popular to visit Tallinn either on day trips or on cruises. A good way to enjoy a bit of time outside of the homeland. Finns and Estonians are related and in many ways the countries are quite similar, even the languages are quite close, even though there are apparent differences in the languages as well.
One of the landmarks of Tallinn is the Viru hotel. It was build in the Soviet times but has since been completely renovated. Alongside a couple of newer high rises the Viru hotel is one those building you can use to calibrate your inner GPS to where you currently are in the city. Our hotel was located close by so it was even more convenient to navigate via the Viru hotel.
The modern business district has big malls and high rise buildings, the sort of cityscape you can see in major cities across the world. It used to be very cheap to buy clothes etc. in Tallinn, but the prices are rising evermore and nowadays, compared to say Helsinki, only food and drinks are noticeably cheaper.
Marketplaces are the ones were you may find good bargains on clothes, however the closer you are to the tourist attractions the more you are likely to pay.
Lot of handmade, local clothes and apparel were to be found in this “turg” ie marketplace.
And more business done along the sidewalks.
Autumn was at the point where the few last leaves were yet in the trees, and the yellow and green giving way to darker colors.
The old city is lovely and cosy, lot of small shops and cafés to be found.
Some of the shops and restaurants take full advantage of the heritage of the old city.
Sometimes, it seems one needs a bit of a pause, even when one does not know it. A couple of days under the blankets, a forced rest if you will. Unfortunately I had no ready posts for the blog in store, so my absence has been 100% total from the webosphere as well. Anyhow, all is well, still a bit under the flu but getting better all the time though. It is the season for being sick here, lot of flu varieties around and influenza as well, so it sometimes seems only a matter of time before one gets the bug.
Anyway, trying to get back on form on the blog as well, stay tuned for photos of Tallinn as well as hopefully a bit more of this beautiful and damp, dark homeland called Finland..