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This courtyard leads to Katarina Kaik (St-Catherine's Passage)
Following this old lane I found myself in the inner courtyard of the Dominican Monastery. Established in 1246, this is Tallinn's oldest intact building.
Continuing on St-Catherine's Passage, I ...
... approaching ferries and tall ships, for a couple of hours. Was really nice morning as we went over plans for the trip into Russia. Headed back in via old town. Which by now was packed with walking tour groups and touristy snapping away on their phones or cameras. Time to head back and do some washing before we head out for a bite and a beer in the town square. Like most of the cities we have seen, Tallinn packs ...
... The townhall square is overrun with many touristy restaurants with prices marked up. I chose not to eat there. If you need an ATM though, there is one in the square. You can also visit the oldest pharmacy dating to approximately the 13th or 14th centuries and you can still go inside.
Next I paid a visit to the Holy Spirit church located just a bit off the townhall square. This church is also quite old dating to around ...
... Russia graffiti. From the 25-year-old guide on the two day tours I joined, I learned that yes, Estonians are nervous about Russia's recent actions in Ukraine. His parents are Russian, and he was born in the Estonian SSR a year before independence. He believes that Russians living in Estonia who don't want to adopt Estonian culture should go back to Russia!
The Estonian language is related to Finnish (and further back, to Hungarian), ...
... looked out over the front of the boat and toward the sunshine.
John was eager to explore the boat. It was the biggest boat that either one of us has ever been on while actually in operation (we had both been on the military ships that are permanently docked in some port and are now museums). This ship was not massive but it was pretty big. There were four floors for us to explore. The bottom floor had a small department store and a grocery store. Mostly the department ...