Chillin in Tallinn

Tallinn Travel Blog

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In the main town square
Leaving Helsinki was EXTREMELY hard... I was almost tempted to just stay.
But I had arranged to meet Pete in Riga on Thursday and he was flying specially for it.
So i caught the ferry to Tallinn and it was a very pleasant journey.

Tallinn is a nice small city and the 'old town' is extremely beautiful, clean, interesting, architectural and well appointed.

I spent my days walking right through the alley ways and streets seeing a heap of churches, buildings, shops, cellars and the like. It's a very touristy town and certainly geared for a lot of tourists. The food is excellent and I always relish the opportunity to sample some good seafood. There was some very good restaurants around.

I climbed to the top of the highest cathedral (St Olav's Church) and got a heap of great shots.
Townhall
I also walked around the old fortress walls and up to a small hill to the Kohtu View Platform.

The night scene was totally different and unfortunately I feel it has been destroyed by English on stag nites and sleezy Italians. The clubs are terribly overcrowded by men who all stand around the dance floor oggling the few girls that are there. When they get drunk enough they start to harrass the girls. I think this has made the girls very much afraid of contact with guys and I actually got pushed in the face by a group of Russian girls when I walked up before I could even ask the simple question I was going to ask. In fact most of the Russians I met were extremely rude. I dont really know what their problem is. Once you actually get talking to people and they realise that you are not English and just being friendly things can change quite quickly and I did actually meet some people who understood this and it was quite pleasant.

I tried to talk to most people I came into contact with and found that in general their english was poor to non-comprehensible. This was also disappointing.

Overall it was a very nice city and certainly worth seeing for a few days. The people seem cold but can actually be friendly and its also important to understand the differences between the local Estonians and the Russians as they identify themselves very differently.
inkie1010 says:
Great pictures! I am going to visit Tallinn this summer! I am really looking forward to it.
Posted on: Feb 27, 2008
megalomanic says:
Re: few people speaking English..

really? When I was there a few years back nearly everyone spoke english.. only sme of the solder folks didn't, as English is a compulsory subject for the kids from the time they first start school. I guess it helps a little to know a little bit of Estonian before you go, as with any place around the world.

Am dissappointed to hear about the nightlife though.. I went when I was still too young to experience this. Such a pity about the sleazy men. *sigh*

Loving the photos. :D
Posted on: Aug 30, 2007
findmeabeach says:
Some great pics, I really enjoyed this city. Managed to avoid being there at the weekend but had the same annoying experience with those stag parties as you did when I was in Riga. Ruined the place completely......
Posted on: Aug 28, 2007
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In the main town square
In the main town square
Townhall
Townhall
Old Hansa nut stall
Old Hansa nut stall
Waitresses at Old Hansa
Waitresses at Old Hansa
lunch snack at Old Hansa - yummy!
lunch snack at Old Hansa - yummy!
Old Hansa - ye olde shitter
Old Hansa - ye olde shitter
old Hansa - ye olde pisser
old Hansa - ye olde pisser
further down the alley way
further down the alley way
in an old alley way...
in an old alley way...
old tower
old tower
Townhall tower
Townhall tower
Old building
Old building
View from the Cathedral of the old…
View from the Cathedral of the ol…
View from the Cathedral of the old…
View from the Cathedral of the ol…
View from the Cathedral of the Bal…
View from the Cathedral of the Ba…
Russian church
Russian church
Russian church
Russian church
russian beggar
russian beggar
on the streets....
on the streets....
i love this window
i love this window
another great window
another great window
and a cool door!
and a cool door!
Medieval Window
Medieval Window
Pig Restaurant window
Pig Restaurant window
Couldnt pass this scene...
Couldnt pass this scene...
Who wants a Kick in de Kok?!!...…
Who wants a 'Kick in de Kok'?!!..…
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