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  • Tallinn - Bread, Beer and Beautiful Food

    Tallinn - Bread, Beer and Beautiful Food

    I was blown away by the food; fresh, thinly crusted brown bread with slightly salted butter; exquisite gourmet dishes; hand-crafted fruity beers; sparkling sophisticated cider; mouthwatering desserts and pastries ... Where was I? Top London restaurants, Parisian haute cuisine? No, I was in Tallinn, capital of Estonia. My food fest began at restaurant MEKK ...

  • Tallinn - Rotermann and Russians

    Tallinn - Rotermann and Russians

    As I had already explored the old town of Tallinn, Estonia’s capital I was delighted when Katrin, our city guide, offered to show us a different area of Tallinn. The Rotermann Quarter was established by the Rotermann dynasty during the nineteenth century. It flourished during the early twentieth century under the leadership of Christian Barthold Rotermann ...

  • Tallinn - Medieval Nobility and Hanseatic Merchants

    Tallinn - Medieval Nobility and Hanseatic Merchants

    During the Middle Ages the Estonian Vikings were a thorn in the side of Denmark, a great military and mercantile power at the time. In 1219 the Danish fleet sailed into the harbour of Tallinn, and claimed possession of the city ...

  • Tallinn and a Medley of Museums

    Tallinn and a Medley of Museums

    Estonians love their museums and Tallinn reflects this passion with some interesting collections, exhibitions and buildings. Raeapteek in the Town Hall Square is the oldest pharmacy in Europe that has continuously carried on its business in the same building. Although a pharmacy in Lübeck is currently disputing this claim ...

  • Tartu, the Cultural Capital of Estonia

    Tartu, the Cultural Capital of Estonia

    Tartu,in Estonia, prides itself on being the town of good or free thinking. Some free thinkers may consider the tradition of walking over the arch of the Kaarsild pedestrian bridge (pictured above) to prove that person is courageous is a good idea. Others may think this is dangerous and worthy of the fine that the police can impose. Somehow this town avoids extremes and produces interesting and harmonious projects ...

  • Tartu, the University Town of Estonia

    Tartu, the University Town of Estonia

    Outside the Town Hall of Tartu in Estonia is a statue of two students kissing. Or maybe they are newlyweds? The Kissing Statue was added to the fountain in Town Hall Square fifty years after it was built. This fountain was considered to bring good luck so newly-weds and their guests would visit the fountain and no doubt a lot of kissing went on ...

  • Exploring Estonia

    Exploring Estonia

    Muddy brown water swirled around my feet and threatened to lap over my shoes. I could feel myself sinking and screamed for help…

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