Only Harf a Harp!

Trip Start Sep 02, 2006
Trip End Sep 27, 2006

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The room we are staying in in the hostel doesn't have any natural light so waking up and knowing what time it is poses a bit of a problem if your body clock isn't precisely synchronized with GMT+2. Never the less, we are travellers so it doesn't really matter what time it is, there is always something going. As we had only seen Tallinn in the dark when we arrived we decided to do the tourist thing and head out for a wander round the old town.
Headed up, you guessed it, a church spire, though this one has a special claim to fame - in the 1500s when it was built it was the highest building in the world, a title that lasted for a good few hundred years. From the top, you get some amazing birds eye views, not only of the Old Town, but the New Town, the Port, the Beach, the Baltic Sea, the north east of Estonia and much much more. After climbing down the somewhat dizzying spiral staircases to the bottom we headed out for a spot of lunch. A recommended spot was a Pancake place called Kompressor, so we headed there. When they arrived, they were fairly impressive, large folded thick pancake packed with a variety of savoury and sweet fillings almost falling off the plate. We were all stuffed full and set for the afternoon by the end of the meal, that's for sure.
We headed to the Old Town parliament which is in an area of the city raised up on a cliff above the rest of the old town with a few spots providing further city panorama. Also here is the most expensive tourist attraction in Estonia. Costing 2.3 million kroon - just short of 1 million of our great British pounds - a public toilet. Described in some guide books as looking like an entrance to an underground station, it has walls made from Sweedish Tin, supposed to look a bit like marble, but just looks a bit tatty if you ask me. The best thing is, the toilet doesn't even work, so all in all its the best waste of EU money we have seen yet!

In the evening we headed out to a local church that hosts a daily classical music concert at 6pm. This evening we were entertained by a trio of classical musicians comprising of a Viiul, a tsello and a harf - aka a Violin, Cello and a Harp to which Bo took much amusement in and spent the rest of the evening Harfing on! The concert was good, but after an hour of classical music from a number of the great composers in a church with dodgy wooden seats it got a bit boring but entertaining all the same. Who said we weren't cultured! After the concert we moved on for dinner and after looking round a few restaurants in the main square we decided on the "Arizona Saloon" with some really nice American/Mexican style food. Half way through the meal there was some commotion going on out in the street, so a couple of us popped out to see what was going on and it turned out that all the Tallinn University students were doing some kind of Homecoming parade. There were a few floats and what looked to be protests for something, but nothing was in English so as our Estonian wasn't up to scratch we went back to the meal.
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