OUR LAST DAY IN TALLINN AND A PHOTO FRIENDLY PLACE.
No matter where you turn in the old part of Tallinn, the street scene is fabulous for an Aussie. Every where there is a house or other building that is over 600 years old and so well looked after. Of course they keep their renovations up to date with repairs as needed but all in the original style.
I was directed to a timber house that was 'as is' from the fifteenth century. The map of the old town stated that the actual date when it was built was not known except that it was described in an early chronicle of the day as a "bawdy house of ill repute and a haunt of pickpockets and ladies of the street". The merchant owner sold grain and kept hay on the ground floor to "hide his girls from the wardens". (Must be where the term having a roll in the hay came from).
HERE'S THE PHOTOS
Just around the corner from the " house" was one of the oldest streets in Tallinn and I went mad in this area with my camera.
Restaurants are mainly underground in the early Gothic basements of the old buildings. originally store rooms of the merchants houses, some have very low ceilings that are arched, so beware of your head as you turn from room to room. Some of them have signs that emphasise the main ingredient of their food.
After our lunch we joined a guided tour with a university student guide. Anne, who spoke excellent English was one of a team of students who supplemented their income by guiding tourist for free. Officially they cannot charge, but a donation at the end of the tour would be appreciated. (which was worth it.)
The next photos are of the interior of the Dome church, the carvings are all wood, painted and gilded. They are the last of the photos from Tallinn, It was dark when we went out and the next morning we flew to St. Petersburg. So if you like the blogs , look out for further instalments.
Jack and Norma