Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is not a city we would have planned to see had it not been on the cruise route, but we would have missed a treat. Tallinn is a very pleasant cross between say, Brugges and Prague without being anywhere near so over-run by tourists, and with plenty of charm all its own. The coloured houses, architectural detailing, the Russian influences and the beautifully preserved/restored city centre all go to make it a lovely port of call. It was the details that made me miss my camera the most: the window pots in the shape of a roast pig in a restaurant window, the shingle containing an over-sized three-dimensional honey pot, the touters and salespeople in national dress, and the art deco shingles.

I have no fare evasion or other illegal activities to report today. We did win an on-board quiz game yesterday, and received plastic Royal Caribbean key rings for our trouble. I also got picked to take part in the on-board illusionist show this evening, scoring a magically materialized red rose for my efforts. Between belly-dancing and assisting illusionists my introverted nature is being rather tested on this trip…

All in all the cruise (and for us this is the end, we disembark tomorrow in St Petersburg) has been wonderfully decadent and relaxing.

For fellow travelers: Tallinn, Estonia
Prices on the main square are very high compared to everywhere else.

A pancake from Kompressor (Rataskaevu 3) makes a brilliant, cheap (around 3 euro) lunch/dinner – I highly recommend the chicken one. I hoped to have room for a dessert pancake too; no such luck! Take a seat at one of the wooden tables and order at the bar.

Skip the Dominican monastery museum: at the same price as the pancakes at Kompression it will leave you considerably less satisfied.

Worth a quick look is the Rotermanni area where they have combined (with mixed levels of success) the old architecture with new elements to develop a new entertainment and shopping precinct just outside the old city.

For shoppers the souvenir to buy is amber, I don’t know anything about amber so that’s all I have to say about that.

Image: “Gibraltar” by Charles Pears for the Empire Marketing Board c.1930. Catalogue Reference:CO 956/538. This image is from the collections of The National Archives

One Response to “Tallinn, Estonia”

  1. I LOVE Tallinn – it’s the colourful buildings I love. I must go back in Summer when it’s light enough for me to see them…

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