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Holiday 2013 – Day 9 – Tallinn, Estonia

July 11th, 2013

Welcome to Tallinn, Estonia!

Tallinn, Estonia – Flag

This morning we arrived in Tallinn, which is the capital city of Estonia, it is also the oldest capital city in Northern Europe (previously known as Reval). Today was a bit of a rest day after the whirlwind of sightseeing that we have had in St. Petersburg. Tallinn is located just 80km south of Helsinki (Finland) and is a popular shopping destination for those living in the Baltic area.

Tallinn – Old City

Tallinn – Old City

The city’s old town has been astonishingly well preserved and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997, Estonia has had an interesting history, mainly around war. It seems that Tallinn was a popular place, well at least as a pawn in political times. Firstly it was Sweden in 1561, then to Russia in 1710 (Peter the Great). Estonia gained independence in 1918, and was then occupied by the Soviets in 1940, only then to be conquered by Nazi Germany in 1941 to 1944, and then retaken by the soviets!  During World War II, the city was extensively bombed by the Soviets during the war, and most of the old city was destroyed

Tallinn – Old City view from the top

Tallinn – Old City Wall

As the city was not very large, we decided to walk around the old town, a bit of a medieval city. The walk didn’t take very long, and we then just sat at a local café and soaked up the atmosphere of market square.

We now starting with the trip home and we have 2 days of being at sea, before we arrive in Amsterdam on Sunday. Tonight finally feels like we are on a cruise ship, as the seas up to today have been so flat and calm; however we have a bit of motion tonight, not much though!