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Wall St Journal article: http://online.wsj.com/articles/singing- for-freedom-at-estonias-laulupidu-festi val-1405550002
NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/arts/ music/estonias-revolutionary-spirit-emb odied-in-music.html?src=twr&_r=1
To Breathe As One documentary: http://www.tobreatheasone.com/trailer
*Song "Koit" (Dawn) - ...
... so much here. We pass a hotel built by the soviets that was used to spy on the occupants. The saying was it was built with stone and microphones. We pass the 1980 Olympic grounds that has now is a worn out hotel and an Olympic sign. We saw the garden and governors palace. This is now a museum. Next we go to see the Song Festival Grounds. Every five years the Europeans meet to sing together. It takes a year of auditions ...
... and her description of the noise was a squealing pig gasping for breath. I later found out Em took a recording on her phone for proof. We finally got some rest & I'm now feeling pretty good that Em can never complain about my snoring again :) The next morning we wandered around St Petersburg for a few hours before packing up Puggy and hitting the road. The whole no road rules in Russia was as true as ever with weekday traffic adding to the fun. We managed to navigate our way out ...
Our first view of Tallinn, Estonia felt like we had not only sailed across the Baltic Sea; but, sailed back in time. As has time has passed; Tallinn has divided it's city into three distinct districts...a very clean, modern new city center; a gray, drab district that still bears influences of the former Soviet
Union; and a historical town center rich in history and cultural preservation. We visited each section; but, spent the majority of our time in the historical ...
... were in the lower part of Tallin but just inside the old city walls where lots of ladies had set up their market stalls with all sorts of knits - jumpers, cardigans, socks, mittens, hats etc. We diverted into a shop to buy a Christmas decoration - outrageous price or so I thought – only to find most of the group of 45 + people already with our guide who was talking to them … and we still had 5 mins to go !
We then walked through an ...