TALLINN- THE CAPITAL OF ESTONIA IS A THRIVING PLACE NOW SINCE THE RUSSIANS LEFT IN 1992.
12.10.2012 12 °C
The main tourist part of Tallinn is the old town that is within walls that were built in the 1200's. the old town has narrow cobbled streets of which only three are able to take a car width. The rest are paved with cobbles that are bigger and rougher than than streets of Oslo. The houses are mainly gothic with thick masonry walls and cellars with low arched ceilings.
Many of the cellars are now restaurants or shops with life size dolls outside to attract customers. The dolls are nearly life-size and usually dressed in the national costume sort of gear. They seem to be mainly outside the better class of shop or cafe and especially those shops that sell the Amber jewellery.
Here are a few of them.
About one third of the walls around the old town are still intact and some people have converted parts of the wall into houses. Very narrow streets are immediately inside the wall and the watch towers are the prime real estate units. If you have a car it could be half a mile away outside the old town.
The town square of the old town has the Town Hall on one side and the rest is lined with restaurants that offer traditional Estonian fare that tourists would never consider at home such as Boiled pigs Knuckle with pickled cucumber and potato dumpling. Wild Boar stew, okra and artichoke bulb. Diced chicken fried with paprika vegetables and sauerkraut on the side. Venison haunch steak with Lignon Berry sauce, potato puree and pickled cauliflower. (I went for that one !) Every restaurant and cafe serves beer and spirits, or Aqua Vite (local firewater ) and or VANN TALLINN. The label says "Vann Tallinn is a unique liquor with a glorious history, esteemed throughout generations, made from genuine rum and natural spices. The velvety character of Vann Tallinn is complimented by the fresh bitterness of citrus fruits, resulting in a delightfully rich bouquet of taste and aroma". They forgot to add ' IT HAS A KICK LIKE A MULE'
After a meal and a few beers under the town hall we walked around the town with our umbrellas and went mad with the camera.
HERE ARE THE PICTURES
I WROTE DOWN A FEW NAMES OF STREETS IN THE OLD TOWN OF TALLIN AND HERE ARE A FEW :- PUHAVEIMU, OLEVIMAGI,RATASKAEVU,PIKK JALG AND LUHIKE JALG. LITERAL TRANSLATIONS INTO ENGLISH ARE :- 'LONG LEG STREET', ' SHORT LEG STREET', PEEP INTO THE KITCHEN ' AND 'FAT MARGARET'. I DONT KNOW WHICH IS WHICH AS I WROTE THEM DOWN WHILE OUR GUIDE GIRL WAS TALKING ONE MORNING.
I WILL LODGE MORE OF TALLINN LATER- GOT TO RECHARGE THE COMPUTER - SO LOOK OUT FOR ANOTHER INSTALLMENT .
JACK AND NORMA