Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel
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... that I had 6 hours to cover the 35km which was plenty of time to take it easy.
The landscape alternated between dense forest and open farmland. I would've thought farming in a national park is about antithetical to the purpose of the park. I soon reached the village of Sagadi which also sports a manor house. I stopped for a quick snack before heading north through some stunning forest. Pine, birch, spruce and fir being the predominant species. Stopping to ...
... entire hotel that prides (?) itelf on hosting the Soviet security agency.
When Hotel Viru was built in 1972 it was Estonia’s first skyscraper. It was also the only place for tourists to stay and this made it easier to keep tabs on them by the Soviets. This is exactly what the KGB did here from the "23rd" floor spy base (the hotel elevators only showed 22 floors). Our guide, was a ...
... Tallinn is very pretty. It reminded us of the old area of Frankfurt. It is perhaps less well maintained, although obviously there is some restoration happening. They sell a lot of woollen products, but the wool is very hard (similar to Norsewear).
Our dinner choice was salt cod paste - like a very soft pate. Interesting, but not particularly wonderful. A salmon fillet followed.
... of churches of all faiths is quite surprising as Estonia is classified as one of the least religious places in the world but they illustrate the presence of the various ruling powers.
Walking the streets was far more pleasant than yesterday as the skies were clear although the wind was sharp & it only reached about 15 C. Ethel pointed out her old school in the city & the various guild halls & explained how things have changed since the Russian occupation. The ...
... and raining so we followed lunch with tequila hot chocolates at their favourite cafe in a little courtyard which was cozy. We spent the afternoon wandering the Old Town while everyone headed to work. That evening we did as the Estonians do and drank vodka, eating pickles after each shot. We ate pureed potatoes and fermented cabbage for dinner. The vodka was our favourite part, the cabbage not so much! Thursday we were lucky to have Sacha with us until about 4pm when ...