Wonderful Tagaranna

Trip Start Aug 26, 2005
Trip End Sep 07, 2005

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Piret picked us up in the morning, we broke up the tent and drove to Tagaranna in North Saaremaa. Driving with Piret is a real experience, she would make a good rally driver in her Lada Moskovite car.

We walked up to the monument for the tragic Estonia shipping accident. It is hard to understand for people who don't live in Estonia, but almost everybody knows somebody who died or who had family on that ferry.

Tagaranna has a lot to offer : wonderful beaches, nice cliffs (Ninase Pank), large forests and some strange windmills like the Old Man and Old Woman (the woman got burned down recently). Piret went back to Kuressaare with our luggage (we would spend the night at her uncle's) and Claudia and I took our time to walk in the forests.

When we were almost back to our starting point, we realised that I had lost the Estonia Map. A really good map by the way. So I ran back for about 4 kms till I found it where we thought I had left it, and then we got an sms from Piret saying that the accommodation at her aunt's wouldn't work out, but that we could camp in her grandmother's garden.

We took a bus, drove back to Kuressaare, ate in an Italian restaurant (La Perla) and then walked to the Grandmother's home.

Grandma didn't speak English but she knew some German words and we communicated in a mixture of German, Estonian and hand signals. She called Piret to ask to translate for us, and it turned out that we didn't have to sleep in the garden, but we could sleep on the sofa. Estonian hospitality is just wonderful.
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kaarel on

Snake ID
Hi Frank,

I have finally time to read your travellog. Seems you had a lot of fun on the islands. About the snake picture: unfortunately the angle is wrong so i cant see behind his cheeks. If it had yellow patches behind his head it is 'nastik'(dont know how its in English) and not poisonous. If it didnt have yellow patches then it is an adder and poisonous.

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