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This morning we had to take the eurolines bus to Tallin at 7am, so we had to wake up very early although our hotel was just 5 minutes away from the Central Bus Station in Riga!
The trip has been awesome; we bought a ticket in the Lux Express Special Lounge, which is like a business area in the bus. It has a table for your computer, power outlets, Internet connection and breakfast! From Riga to Tallin you have a 5-hour drive, but I just did not even realize! It is very comfortable and I could connect to the Internet during the whole trip. If you have to travel between Riga and Tallin I would say it is the best option by far! The ticket cost us only 24 euros, which is nothing if you compare it to airline rates.
Once we got to the central bus station in Tallin, we went straight to a small kiosk to ask for directions to the old town. It was not close from there, so we had to take the tram, which was 500 meters from the station. You can get the tickets at a stationary you find in the station. People were very friendly so everyone told us where to get off. Then we entered the Old Town and walked until the Tourist Information Center right on Kullassepa 4, next to the main square where you find the Town Hall. We wanted to get a city map and also make a reservation in a hotel to spend the night before getting the ferry to Helsinki! They gave us directions on how to get to Booking Estonia, an agency helping tourists to book accommodation in the city with no commission! The agent was very friendly, in fact she tried to talk to us in Spanish and booked an apartment for us in Briston Apartments. They were in Harju 7, one block down from the Tourist Information Center. (attaching a review).
Once we unpacked all our bags, we went to have an Estonian lunch in Olde Hansa. It is a very recommendable restaurant next to the City Hall. (I am attaching a review).
“Excuse me, it is your responsibility to look for change, not us! Fix the problem!” and then she insulted us in Estonian. I was so angry that I kept on saying things to this woman: “I see how you treat tourists! You do not respect them! They are your clients!”. She did not even look at me so we went to have a coffee next door in a small cafeteria.
From the City Hall we started walking towards St Olav’s Church (http://www.oleviste.ee). On our way we bought some patches in a souvenir store for my collection! I collect magnets, necklaces, cups and many other things J In this church the is another tower you can climb with beautiful views over the Old Town. It is 123,7 meters high. Both views, from the City Hall Tower, and from St Olav´s Church are almost the same. Although the latter one cost us 30 Kroons, so a little bit more expensive. At the moment there was a wedding being taken place so we could not see the inside of it.
We walked along Gümnaasiumi until we reached the hill where the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin is located. On top of the hill we found two good spots with panoramic views. In the second we found the most amazing bar ever! J It was called Luscher & Matiesen.
Then a guy next to our table joined us and we started talking about all our trips and so on. His name was Gerald and he was from Austria! He had been for the last 7 months travelling all around the world and he was already on his way back home.
By the way, the name of the singer is Kerli Puusepp and she is only 17 years old! Damn, some people are born with so much talent! Kerli is still studying in high school but I am sure she will become a talented professional singer in no time! She has so much character and personality… I am sure she will fulfill her dreams in life!!
We were chatting, listening to live music, enjoying our dinks… It was one of those moments you never forget during your holidays! We were so comfortable there that we decided to order a cheese platter and some red wine.