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TALLINN,(day one) LIFE COULD NOT BE BETTER!

It’s always a nice introduction to a new city when the sun is shining,  puts the city in it’s best light.  Tallin is no exception.

We have stumbled across an outdoor concert.  It could be Tallinns answer to the Eurovision song contest, or may be they are trying to chose the 2012 entry, it is that kind of music.  Still it is pleasant sitting in the sun with a cup of tea relaxing and listening to the music.in the main square.

We had been warned that Estonians are dour people, don’t smile, make eye contact, say hello,  please or thank you, but so far they seem to be friendly enough. ( mind you, Michaels nickname for me is “stone wall” as he claims I have an expressionless face,so maybe I fit  in !LOL!)

Driving from the airport in a taxi, Tallin reminded me of Krakow and I got the same atmosphere of a cold war spy novel. or black and white film. Grey old buildings that would be beautiful when cleaned up. interspersed with  high rise glass and steel modern ones glinting in the sun. What history have these buildings seen? What myseries lie behind the facades?

But we are staying in the wonderfully preserved old town and I look forward to finding out her secrets.

As Michael hates my overplanning, I have made  few plans for this trip and we are doing it HIS way. “Play by ear,” he said…. so I have no idea where we have been this afternoon or what we have seen. We wandered around the lovely Medieval old town and got lost in the maze of streets.

 We found a cafe, I had some delicious thick broccoli and bacon soup and an indulgent pancake with banana, mango ice cream and some really delicious fragrant honey.

Now we have come back to the luxurious My City hotel for a rest as we have been up since three am..
Michael was rather disappointed that he could not find a patisserie or ice cream shop open on Sunday in the old town, but he is now snoring.
  We have not had an argument…yet! despite the early morning and the inevitable grumpiness.  (his not mine!)

Life could not be better!

Denise
Love from Tallinn.

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Just found out where all the cakes are. … In the coffee shops
Sat in REVEL CAFE on Muurivahe opposite the hotel with lemon merengue tart and coffee, only cost 2.50€ . One if those warm comfy places with squashy sofas and jazzy music playing softly behind the hum of conversation. Free WI-Fi too.

Fresh flowers are everywhere. I discovered the concert is in honour of Mothers day. So happy mothers day to all Estonian mums.

Goiing back inot the hotel, I am struck by the beauty of the chandelier in the hotel entrance.

In the evening we venture out of the old town and across the road where we find a shopping centre with restaurants.


We ate in Valpiano where they give you a plastic card, you choose your food from a bar which is freshly prepared. the food is then put onto the card, which you pay at the end.
 I had a salad Nicoise, by some Estonian name which was delicious , and Michael had pasta. followed by a light berry and yoghurt dessert.

This photo is taken at 2230 as we strolled back to the hotel.  Long days in Tallinn!


Denise
Love from Tallinn

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2 thoughts on “TALLINN,(day one) LIFE COULD NOT BE BETTER!

  1. Happy belated Mother's Day, Denise! I'm happy that you had such a perfect first day in Estonia. I liked seeing the shots of the colorful buildings against the blue sky. It was also interesting to notice that the leaves are not as open as they were in Paris. It's always funny how you can go backwards or forwards during a season depending on where you travel. In Annapolis, all of the plants are much more advanced than in Paris. The roses are in full bloom.Revel cafe looks like my kind of place. Give me some wooden beams on the ceiling and I'm a happy woman. Since Stephane recently had pancakes (not crepes) for breakfast, it took me a minute to adjust to the European terminology. Your pancake looked yummy.I hope that the rest of your vacation is as enjoyable as your first day!

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