Trip Start May 24, 2007
Trip End Jun 27, 2007

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Our arrival into  Tallinn was exciting.  Since we were on a ferry there was a mad rush to the cars for unloading.  When we arrived at our car , we found that we had a flat, which was really disruptive.  Actually unpacking the trunk to get at the spare was a feat in itself considering that we were surrounded and packed in the ship's hold by 18 wheelers with their engines running.   WE had one of those little  a temporary spares that barely had enough air in it to get off the boat but not past the customs.  The car sat in the lot there while Hans and Olga  took the flat tire and caught a taxi while we waited.  They returned by taxi with a new tire and we had to go back to this little tire place in some isolated part of town that they were actually able to find to buy a second tire.   We returned to the Old town part of Tallinn and went the tourist center and got tourist pass entitling us to all transportation and a city tour.  We were directed to a mall where we could park the car for free and pick up the guided tour bus when it stopped at the mall.   Actually wandering around in an Estonian mall was n pretty interesting itself especially since we did not understand the language nor have any currency (but we did have plastic!!)  Well we waited and waited and the tour bus never showed so we finally got on a city bus to go back downtown and become real tourists.  There were a lot of Brits there and a lot of restaurants and shops with English names which was sort of surprising.   The town is very hilly with cobblestone streets.  Lots international cuisine there too and we enjoyed the local beer  The town itself had a very international flavor .  Amber art seemed to be a local  specialty.    We briefly attended a photo exhibition when we were touring one of the city towers and attend their little wine and cheese reception.  Good photos of the city from the tower.  In the evening we took our leave of Tallinn.  Seems that we seldom refer to maps.  Hans is a sailor, and if we are going to the Russian border, all we have to do is keep the sun on our right side and somehow or other we ended up on the Tartu.
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