More things medieval

Trip Start Jul 17, 2009
Trip End Aug 08, 2009

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St Olaf hotel

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

My new favourite - bad for you - food. At dinner last night I ordered "Garlic Bread" - that's exactly what the menu called it. What I got - strips of dark rye bread - definitely garlicky - that had been deep fried. They looked exactly like some over done fries. Served with a garlic/dill mayonnaise. OMG - they were addictive.

On to today.

Started off wandering - as usual. Got some good pictures because people just aren't out on the streets before noon.

At noon I went on a tour of the Tunnels of Tallinn. They've only been open for 2 years - but they are the original tunnels created when the walls and bastions were built in the 15th century. The guide said that they were used as bomb shelters in both the first and second world wars. Still some cots and equipment left over from the soviets. After that they were used by homeless people - whole families lived in it and they even were able to lock the doors and only provide access to people they wanted to let in. I'm including a picture of the way into the tunnels.

It's still a work in progress. We got to the end of the known area and there was a section under water. Divers had confirmed that the tunnels go on and that there is a wall built across it. No one  knows how far these tunnels go. Really interesting.

In the afternoon I took in a medieval concert at a church that was originally built in the 13th century. Very cool although they did wear hokey costumes. The church was incredible and I took a bunch of pictures - although only later did I notice the 'no photography' signs. I saw lots of other people taking pictures .
One more odd thing - Estonia money is called Kroner - EEK for short. Dinner tonight cost me 340 EEK. It's worth about 1 tenth of a Cdn dollar. When I got off the bus yesterday I immediately took out what I thought would be LOTS of money -  250 kroner. And I didn't really think much about it since it went a long way - taxi, snacks, coffee, lunch etc. Checked my bank account last night and I'd taken out a whopping $25 - and it cost me $3 to do it!

Anyway - that's it for today
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