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The old foster home in Elva - today privately owned - a truly fantastic house

I would never have found this little city if it was not for Kaija. In fact I think it is a little pearl - the wooden houses have most of them seen there best days, but now there is focus on painting and taking care of them again. I will try to take some more pictures next time I go there.

I think that this city has been stuck since the Russians invaded the country because the houses seem to look like they all are from the same period and haven't been taken really care off since. It is very natural that if a family have to make improvments that they will start with the inside. Today this is changing a lot. In the city there is now coming new houses as well and the distance of 22 km from the second largest city in Estonia Tartu is increasing the interst for the city.

The city is in an area where there is a lot of water which is adding to the visual value. A lot of the house are placed between  threes and have water close by either as a lake or a small river. Overall the city is a lovely small city and it has qualities which charm its visitors.

The tourist office in Elva at Pikk 2 Open Tue-Fri 10 - 17 Sat 10-15. Phone +372 7456 141
Due to its variable landscape, peaceful pinewoods, clearwatered lakes and the picturesque banks of the River Elva, this town has been one of the most celebrated summer resorts over the past century for the Estonians.

One the biggest things in Elva is the sport activities - the local bike team have always been amongst the best in Estonia. Kaija has biked there for many years and has a lot of national championships to show for her effort - I think she has more than 20 and one Baltic

The main street Kesk Street - is a street like many others in a small city it is lined with the local shops, cafes and banks. It is also the site of Elva Town Government. You can spend a evening in the local bar, restaurant or pub but you will for sure get some attention - I have when I am there. Accommodation is easy to find in a motel or guesthouse nearby. Visitors are also welcome to take part in cultural and sports events in Elva

 

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The old foster home in Elva - toda…
The old foster home in Elva - tod…
The tourist office in Elva at Pikk…
The tourist office in Elva at Pik…
The old foster home in Elva - toda…
The old foster home in Elva - tod…
The lake and beach of Elva - the p…
The lake and beach of Elva - the …
The main street downtown Elva
The "main" street downtown Elva
Bike is a big thing in Elva
Bike is a big thing in Elva
Elva
photo by: Chokk