A weekend trip to Tallinn

I totally fell in love with Tallinn – a stylish and modern and at the same time historical city. If you have a few days time you can see many very diverse parts of the city. I visited Tallinn in the beginning of October 2016, the weather was erratic but still fine and the city was not too crowded. Let’s start our little photographic tour with the touristy must of the medieval city centre and Toompea Hill with its representative government buildings and churches.

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The view from Toompea Hill towards the sea and the harbor.

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The famous city wall of Tallinn with its defensive towers

The medieval fortification of Tallinn is really impressing, I never saw such a long intact city wall (1,9 km). It has 20 large defensive towers with a very characteristic look. At the old city centre there are many beautiful buildings but it is also very touristic, with theme-restaurants where the waiters wear medieval clothes etc.

Tallinn has many Scandinavian and Russian influences. There are many traditional houses with wooden fronts – very photogenic at the warm light of the autumn sun. The paint is often flaking off, which gives the city a morbid charm.

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Colorful wooden house fronts

Also the people of Estonia seem to have a hand for design. I loved the formerly industrial workers quarter near the harbor named “Kalamaja” (“Fish House”). It is a place for alternative art and design, music and the meeting point for the young people to go out, eat and have a drink. There are many wonderful arts and crafts shops and stylish bars and cafés.

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Telliskivi Loomelinnak (Creative City) complex

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Antiques shop at Balti Jaama Turg (Baltic Station market). You can buy a lot of old Soviet stuff there, from furry caps to busts of Stalin.

All this medieval history and modern style is mixed up with the remnants of the Soviet times. They are especially visible at the harbor (many war ships). The many Russians living in Tallinn do their shopping at markets like “Keskturg” (Central Market) – the real experience, mainly food, sometimes stinky – or the one behind the Balti Station called “Balti Jaama Turg” which is more like a flea market.

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Food at the Russian central market Keskturg

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Colorful autumn in Tallinn

If you are interested in history and like to get the creeps, you should also visit the abandoned jail “Patarei” at the harbor. I will post pictures soon so you can read more about it!

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South Tirol: From the Valley to the Mountains

An idyllic place in the mountains, a lake nested in a green valley between rich vineyards: the Kalterer See in South Tirol. Overlooking the lake is an old castle ruin. A place to dream, to relax and enjoy food, wine and nature.

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Viva Andalusia

Many months passed – and many journeys, small and big. Now I finally found the motivation again to sit down, go through all my photos, edit and share them with you. I have to catch up on everything because I travelled a lot since my last blog post. So let’s start our little journey through time and go back one year, to March 2016. I travelled to beautiful Andalusia in Southern Spain and explored the Costa de la Luz.

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The bullfight arena in Málaga.

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3 things I learned in: England (London/Bristol 2015)

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1) The English call everything “pudding” – and it just doesn’t make sense. So the word “pudding” in general means “dessert”, correct? When I was in school the teacher told us about Christmas pudding or plum pudding, which – albeit being a weird dish – still fit into my world view because it was something sweet. But now I went to England again and everything I believed to know about puddings was turned upside down! There is for example also black pudding (not sweet at all, soaked with blood, uuurrrh) or Yorkshire pudding, which is again something entirely different and reminds me a little of a Hungarian Lángos. Even the English people I asked couldn’t explain this mess. Sigh.

2) Driving on the wrong side of the road (the left side) is actually ok. As long as you don’t stop, turn or do other things – we got into the approaching traffic THREE TIMES – but hey, we are still alive!

3) Bristol is a special city. It actually has its own currency, the “Bristol pound”. It just looks like play money, but this is no joke: You can exchange one normal pound for a Bristol pound at some points in the city (like the tourist centre). You can also pay with it – but only in Bristol. And it expires. Erm, yes. 🙂 Bristol is also apparently very proud of “Shaun the Sheep” – the animation studios that produce the serial is seated there, and at the moment they have Shauns in different colors standing everywhere for charity… Kinda cool.Shaun the Sheep BristolRead more about my trip to London, or have a look at the photos I took in Dartmoor and Wales.

The Beauty of Wales

Wales totally bewitched me! Green mountains, romantic ruins and endless beaches – for once I feel words are not enough to describe this wonderful spot on earth. You have to see it with your own eyes, breathe the wind and see how it creates rustling waves in the sea of green grass. I spent one day in South Wales, driving around in the Brecon Beacons National Park and then made my way down to the coast. Join me on a photographic round trip and indulge in the rough beauty of Wales!

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The beautiful ruins of Llanthony Priory.

We started our little journey at the Eastern corner of Brecon Beacons National Park at the ruin of Llanthony Priory, an old Augustinian priory from around the year 1100, which is located in the peaceful green Vale of Ewyas, seven miles north of the town of Abergavenny… Continue reading

Mystical Dartmoor

It’s been too long since the last post about my England trip and I apologize for that. But now! I continue with a day-trip to the southern edge of England. Coming from Bristol we drove to Torquay and then (only slightly disappointed about the very touristy “English Riviera”) we made our way into the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. This is a report about a day full of adventure in a rough landscape, a quest for stone circles and criminal ponies…

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London in 3 days

When me and my boyfriend decided to visit London, I tried to recall memories of a student exchange to England many years ago. I must have been eleven years old or something but I remember quite a lot. Apart from being on the big wheel “London Eye” and feeding grey squirrels in Greenwich Park the most distinct memory I have is: Confusion. Now that I saw London again I can totally understand that again. For a tourist London is primarily a noisy city crammed with people. Around the world-famous destinations you can hardly move to left and right on the sidewalks, you are pushed forward by the crowd and traffic noise prevents any normal conversation. But it’s not only that. London is beautiful, London is impressive, multicultural and colorful. History calls you on every corner and there are green parks and street markets vibrating with life. To be honest it’s not fair to rush through it on only three days. You would have to spend a whole life there to understand London properly. But the little bit that I learned about this city I would like to share with you.

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Piccadilly Circus, a pulsing heart in the center of London.

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A Backpacker’s Life

I am not quite sure if this is gonna be a declaration of love or hate. Maybe both. I’m going to write about the very specific life as a backpacker. In advance I should say that I have only experience with backpacking in Australia. It might be different in other countries, but I doubt it. 😉 There are a few things of emotional nature about being a backpacker. There are also spiritual thoughts. Being on the Road and so on. Well, how do you know you’re a real backpacker? I collected a few unmistakable signs…

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What I actually learned about Aborigines.

Everybody who visits Australia should be aware that this country originally belonged to another people – the Aborigines. This post is about them. It is a matter of respect as they have lived in Australia for thousands of years before the white people came (colonization by the British started in 1770 with the arrival of James Cook) and things went badly wrong. Diseases, fights, stealing of Aboriginal kids to raise them in white families – just to mention a few things. When I came to Australia, I was very interested in learning about Aboriginal culture and hoped to meet some in person. Well, I learned…     Continue reading