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!

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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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