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... only four in the world). Yeltsin is well respected in Estonia for his part in its independence. The main square is very interesting, although surrounded by the ubiquitous overpriced Italian restaurants. On the side of the town hall there are two dragons to keep citizens safe, and 'Old Thomas' who has been there for over 500 years to keep invaders out ( so hasn't really achieved his aim). The train that goes round the old town bears his name. ...
... off point on the tour circuit was the Sibelius Monument, a modern art tribute to Finland's most famous composer. The infamous sculpture is a collection of stainless steel organ pipe like elements in a calm setting on a stone overlooking a lovely little park among birch trees. When the monument was being planned, many of the Finlanders insisted on a more traditional memorial and so a stainless steel sculpture of Sibelius's face was added next to the "Pipes". ...
... today is lovely very sunny (blue skies all the way) its a little windy but fairly warm and its early, by the afternoon yesterday it was really hot and no wind. So today has started better than yesterday so very promising.
Giving the shuffle a miss this morning, there is a lecture about Amber at the same time (spoilt for choice again) I went to the lecture, Paul went to the shuffle competition.
The lecture was again by Carl Markham, telling us ...
... called Suomenlinna (fortress island). The fortress and buildings were constructed from 1748 when Finland was part of the Kingdom of Sweden, but it didn't help much when this country was annexed by Russia in 1808 for 110 years. There were many bunkers, fortress walls, canons plus a number of museums. We visited the Military Museum and Vesikko, an old submarine converted into a very compact museum. A very interesting place ...
... food stalls in Market Square for something filling. I got a grilled salmon with potatoes for 11 Euros ($14).
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