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Old October 5th, 2009, 11:54 AM   #61
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I don't think that a lot more expensive, not more than 2 times more expensive at least. And saved money you can spend everyday on gas to get to Helsinki.
Maybe the Sultan comparison was a bit off the cuff. Anyway, I think being in the middle of things and not having to spend hours in transit is a matter of life quality, hence worth the rent.
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Old October 5th, 2009, 12:41 PM   #62
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I might visit Helsinki on my 2010 round the world trip (not this upcoming one)
as it looks very lovely, i must say though that i am not very fond of the finnish language, it hurts my ears
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Old October 6th, 2009, 09:07 PM   #63
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Rocca al Mare

West of Tallinn center: Rocca al Mare, Open Air Museum.

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Old October 7th, 2009, 12:47 AM   #64
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Very interesting - you have explored Tallinn very profoundly! How many days you spend there?
And now I wait for your Riga pics even more, you have such an elaborate approach to the cities you visit! (I even didn't know there is Open-Air museum in Tallinn, and looks really nice and cosy; didn't know also about that prison - Estonians make photo threads very rarely here ).
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Old October 7th, 2009, 09:58 PM   #65
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Thanks.
We stayed 5 days in Tallinn which was almost enough...
Unfortunetly we only visited Riga 2 days . We spent most of our Latvian time in the Gauja Valley Nature Reserve, which was a good option too.
Anyway, I hope I have enough nice Riga-pics to satisfy you...

Coming soon!
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Old October 8th, 2009, 09:58 PM   #66
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Lahemaa National Park

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Lahemaa National Park (established 1971) is located on Northern Estonia, 70 kilometers east from capital Tallinn. Its area covers 725 km▓ (including 250.9 km▓ of sea). It was the first national park in the Soviet Union.

Its charter calls for the preservation, research and promotion of North-Estonian landscapes, ecosystems, biodiversity and national heritage.
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Old October 9th, 2009, 03:42 PM   #67
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Old October 10th, 2009, 01:07 PM   #68
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Palmse Manor House and museum:

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Old October 11th, 2009, 10:31 PM   #69
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Estonian North Eastern Coast

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To be continued. Next time: Narva!
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Old October 12th, 2009, 07:48 PM   #70
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Oh, god...Narva. What a horrible place it is and what a glorious town it used to be
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Old October 12th, 2009, 10:27 PM   #71
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After the stunning beauty of Tallinn and Laheema, we were able to survive Narva...
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Old October 13th, 2009, 09:07 PM   #72
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Narva on the Russian border.

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Narva is the third largest city in Estonia. It is located at the eastern extreme point of Estonia, by the Russian border, on the Narva River .

On 1 January 2008 Narva had 66,621 inhabitants. The population, which was 83,000 in 1992, has been declining since then. 93.85% of the current population of Narva are Russian-speakers, mostly either Soviet-era immigrants from parts of the former Soviet Union or their descendants. Estonians account for only 4% of total population

Much of the city was destroyed during World War II and for several years during the following reconstruction the Soviet authorities prohibited the return of any of Narva's pre-war residents.

Only 45% of the city's inhabitants are Estonian citizens. Another 34% are citizens of the Russian Federation, while 20% of the population has undefined citizenship.

Narva is dominated by the 15th-century castle, with the 51-metre-high Long Hermann tower as its most prominent landmark. The sprawling complex of the Kreenholm Manufacture, located in the proximity of scenic waterfalls, is one of the largest textile mills of 19th-century Northern Europe.

Across the Narva River is the Russian Ivangorod fortress.
Before World War II, Ivangorod was administrated as part of Narva.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #73
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Narva had a very beautiful medieval old town before WW2. Here's a page that gathers photos of Old Narva: http://old.narva.ee/ Unfortunately the Soviets decided not to rebuild the old buildings, even though the structure of the buildings was often pretty much intact. And you can see the result in Benonie's photos.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 09:39 PM   #74
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What is this concrete thing on the roof of the commieblock on the left?
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Old October 14th, 2009, 05:20 PM   #75
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I think a water tank or so.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 02:21 PM   #76
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Old October 15th, 2009, 07:56 PM   #77
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Very nice photos from Tallinn as well @benonie
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Old October 16th, 2009, 08:49 PM   #78
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Intersting that the word for BANK in Estonian is Pank. Broke in Swedish. anyways.. This is a great thread. Helsinki is truly a marvel.
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Old October 17th, 2009, 12:06 AM   #79
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I really liked picture nr 386, it has such a gloomy, grey feeling to it, with the clouds and everything. It kinda looks like an abandoned place, but it still has some life to it thanks to the people and cars. It's very much how you would picture the Soviet Union, depressing but still strangely beautiful in a way you don't really understand...
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Old October 18th, 2009, 12:23 AM   #80
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Intersting that the word for BANK in Estonian is Pank. Broke in Swedish.
But in Latvian "Pank" means "Punk" (youngsters' subculture from 70ies).
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