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Baltics. Estonia. Tallinn

Sergey Dolya • 7 minutes read • April 1st, 2016
I spent most of the day on the road to 


and back. Despite the distance of 186 miles (300 kilometers), it took four and half hours each way. The weather in Tallinn was gloomy and unwelcoming; my pictures turned out boring. I failed to find a guide on-the-spot, and I wandered around the old town, like a blind kitten, occasionally glancing at the map. Nevertheless, I will tell you all about Tallinn - the city that relocated the Bronze Soldier on its outskirts.
When I left the car in the morning, I was stunned by what I saw when I returned . . . it was covered with a thick layer of frost. Well, hello Winter! Of course, there were no brushes or scrapers in the rental car, so I had to wait until it thawed by itself:
After traveling 49 miles (80 kilometers), being still in the territory of Latvia, we stopped on the coast:  
Having driven in Estonia, we caught the Tallinn broadcasting station Radio 4. It reminded me of radio Mayak that sampled 80s music. The broadcasting was in Russian, but the hosts generally spoke with an accent and made a few mistakes. The funniest thing was a proverbial Estonian temperament expressed in the monotony and slowness of the narration.
First, I listened to "Foreign News" about a landslide that occurred in China, in the Hun Vun province, causing severe consequences in the economy and infrastructure of the village of Wai Chai. Then I found out that a stall of cell phones was burned in Greece, but no one was hurt. The news continued like this . . .  
Then the speaker introduced all the staff at the radio station. He then explained their positions at the station before talking about upcoming radio programs scheduled for the next hour. Then there was a song. By then, half an hour had already passed.
“Our satellites" radio program started with a 20-minute narration about umbrellas, and why we have to carry them around, and about ways to care for them. Most of the time, they talked about how a small percent of vinegar solution could be used to clean an umbrella after it was pulled out of a night-long soak after being used.  
The next hour, the speaker contacted his correspondent in London - Lydia. She talked at length, and monotonously, about the London mayor. It seemed as if she was reading an article from the newspaper. And she read it almost word for word. She completed her speech in an original way. It turned out that all the important events in her life were associated with the month of November - her wedding, her birthday, the birthday of all her children and the anniversary of her employment at this radio station. She wished herself health and said that it would be great if all of her reports could be recorded on a single disc and presented to her. The host answered by saying all her reports could not be stored on one disc, but he remembered the song she sang on the radio 25 years ago, after her first report. Then he played the song.  
You can listen to this radio station and enjoy it on the internet.
The center of old Tallinn consists of two parts - the Upper and the Lower Town. The Upper is called Vyshgorod and is located on a hill. The 

Toompea Castle

and the famous Dome Church were built in the 12th century:
Another major place of interest in Vyshgorod was the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral:
There was an excellent view of the Lower Town at the top:
There was another entrance to the Old Town, through different gates:  

Town Hall

and the square in front of it (Freedom Square) were in the heart of the Old Town:
A figure of Old Thomas was pinned on the spire:
Two dragons guarded the town hall:
Another decoration of the old Tallinn is the tallest medieval church of St.Olaf:
The streets in the Old Town were narrow and winding:
If we compare Tallinn and Riga, I preferred the latter. Tallinn seemed, somehow, poorly maintained and shabby.
After the promenade in the Old Tallinn and a snack in the restaurant "Old Estonia" with views of the town hall (by the way, the restaurant food was delicious), I went to the monument of the Bronze Soldier, which the Estonian government moved to a military cemetery on the outskirts of the city. If you look at a map of the city, it looks like it is not far from the center and the old town, but I'll show you a few pictures of the street where it is located:
This was a dead-end street, with the entrance to the cemetery at the very end. The Bronze Soldier can be seen from the entrance and a picturesque alley leads to it:
There were a lot of fresh flowers by the memorial:  
It was the end of our visit to Tallinn, and we had to go back to Riga since it was getting dark. On the way back, we stopped on the coast again, where I tried to take a picture of the moon, which periodically showed its light from behind the clouds. Photos of the moon were just as bad as my other attempts:
In my next review, I will talk about the Lithuanian Hill of Crosses, Palanga, and about my adventures with the local thieves and police.
Author: Sergeydolya
Translated by: Gian Luka

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