Last day - Toompea hill and Kadriorg Park

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Tallinn. Amazing city.

I noticed that when I travel alone, that my emotions are stronger and start to oscillate. I could describe it as being more in touch with my feelings, or less stabilized by being with someone else. This day I had a bit of a bad day. This was my last full day of travelling, so that might had something to do with it. Also, I was still in Tallinn, and while Tallinn is really an amazing city, I had seen its center many times by now and what I actually wanted to do was just travel on, move on, on to the next city, the next country. But my flight back was already booked.

Also, I got tired of being by myself. I found it very hard to get in contact with Estonian people and almost all of my conversations were with travellers from other countries.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
At lunchtime, I was completely shocked by the beauty of one of the waittresses, and I was so shocked that I suddenly asked if I could take a picture of her, but then she got really upset, so I quickly said that she didn’t have to and that I was sorry that I asked and I quickly left. I felt really stupid. That episode stayed with me the rest of the day, and I felt ashamed and stupid and a bit morose.

On a brighter note, I had saved some of the attractions of Tallinn precisely for this last day. I am the kind of person that rushes around and tries to see everything at once, so I had this foreboding that the last day I would have nothing to see left, so the last few days I restained myself on purpose to save some for later. The first thing I did was to visit the hill next to the old center, Toompea.
One of those shields


Toompea, the hill, is the home of some of Tallinn’s best landmarks. A purple gateway gives access to Pikk Jalg ("long street" or something, I am not sure), the long road up the hill. The first thing I saw was Tallinn’s most beautiful Russian Orthodox church, the Alexander Nevksy Cathedral. When I entered, there was a service going on just then. There was a Russian priest who sung paragraphs of a song in a flat, low voice, and after every paragraph there was a choir who sung a few lines (the same ones every time). It was very beautiful. The people inside made a small bow after every song.

Right across the entrance of the church is the Estonian Parliament, a building painted in soft baby-pink color. The Parliament has a very high tower attached to it, named Pikk Hermann.
Along the city walls.
Another thing that was really unusual (well, I don’t know if it was unusual but I have never seen this anywhere like I did here) was a church where the walls inside were completely covered with very detailed shields of families. These shields were not really shields but works of art, and really complex and detailed. I took some time to study a few of these shields for a while, but it was impossible to take a good long look at all of them.

Some other things I did today worth mentioning:

- See a newly erected monument for Estonian independence with a cross made of glass sheets.

- Sit on a terrace in the wind with a blanket over me and a hot coffee. (Blankets on terraces seem to be a habit here.)

- Climbing the city walls and the old towers along the edge of the old town.
KUMU (yes that's the Australian lady there in front)
At times when I looked out of the tower windows I saw some great views of the city.

- See a movie with Russian and Estonian subtitles.

And finally, at the end of the day, I went outside the old center and visited Kadriorg Park. There is an old palace in this park, and also a very good museum, the KUMU (Kunstimuuseum, Estonian art museum). Fun thing about the KUMU is that they have a nice collection of Soviet art, and the art of Estonian artists who imitated the Soviet art, especially the propaganda posters. Just before I entered the museum I met the Australian lady who was part of my group to the Lahemaa national park! Can you believe the coincidence? As before, she was very kind and excited and talkative and just meeting her again cheered me up a great deal. Never got her name…

So in the end this day turned out to be very nice, don’t you think? This was the last day of my adventure of travelling alone. I enjoyed myself immensely and I am really happy that I got to know Latvia, Estonia and even spent a day in Finland. For the future, I think I prefer travelling with a friend, but if there would be no-one available, I would not hesitate for a second to go by myself.

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Tallinn. Amazing city.
Tallinn. Amazing city.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
One of those shields
One of those shields
Along the city walls.
Along the city walls.
KUMU (yes thats the Australian la…
KUMU (yes that's the Australian l…
Entrance to the Toompea hill
Entrance to the Toompea hill
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Pink Parliament
Pink Parliament
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Kiek-in-de-Kok tower (peek in the …
Kiek-in-de-Kok tower (peek in the…
Glass monument
Glass monument
Glass monument
Glass monument
Pikk Hermann
Pikk Hermann
Shields
Shields
Shields
Shields
Shields
Shields
Tallinn. Amazing city.
Tallinn. Amazing city.
Along the city walls.
Along the city walls.
Along the city walls.
Along the city walls.
Along the city walls.
Along the city walls.
Tallinn. Amazing city.
Tallinn. Amazing city.
Kadriorg Palace
Kadriorg Palace
Soviet time art
Soviet time art
Soviet time art
Soviet time art
Soviet time art
Soviet time art
Soviet time art
Soviet time art
Soviet time art
Soviet time art
Tallinn
photo by: Chokk