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Old September 10th, 2009, 07:08 PM   #1
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hkskyline's 2009 TALLINN, ESTONIA Photo Collection

I had a great time in Riga in 2008, and decided to try out Estonia in 2009. My day trip to Tallinn from Helsinki was stressful but fruitful. There was a lot to see in the old town, and the photo-taking was non-stop.



























































































































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Old September 10th, 2009, 08:09 PM   #2
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Looks lovely, very atmospheric and old.
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Old September 14th, 2009, 07:29 PM   #3
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St. Olav's Church offers one of several vistas to see Tallinn's old town. This one is closest to the waterfront. Having arrived by sea from Helsinki, it was my first taste of Tallinn from above.

















Upon exiting the staircase, turn right, and you see the west side of town :





Now move a bit further down, and you face north, looking at the sea. Finland sits on the other side.















Some more modern buildings adorn the east side, with a seemingly defined new central business district.

















The true gem is on the south side, with the entire old town in view.























Interesting church in the distance. I will need to take a closer look later on my walking tour.









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Old September 21st, 2009, 02:49 PM   #4
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Tallinn's Upper Town must offer some great vistas of the city. Let's start the journey up!



The mildly-sloped road made the ascent very comfortable.





Some artists tried to attract your attention with their works.





I suspect this was a garage for horses way back then.





The buildings looked simple, but with different colours, they looked sleek and happy. Of course, the sun helped, too.





Remnants of the city wall are well-maintained. Any archers want to give a shot?





Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is the noticeable Russian influence on Tallinn. It looks like it has been renovated. The exterior shone nicely under the blue skies and bright sun.



I think I need to put Russia back on my to-go list.



















Tallinn appeared to be a very popular cruise stop in the region. I saw quite a lot of cruise ships, and there were also frequent ferries coming in from Finland. I was a bit surprised how few tourists made it to Upper Town though. Perhaps it was still morning and the hordes were down below enjoying the sights before coming up after lunch?





Nevertheless, less tourists mean more time for me to slowly take pictures of everything and anything.



























With some restoration, this house could look much more charming.









From this vantage point, Tallinn seems like a serene, laid-back town.



Heading back into the alleys and streets ...































Doesn't this get you dizzy?



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Old October 25th, 2009, 05:07 PM   #5
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A vegetable and meat stew with bread and tomato juice to re-fill my tired morning walk. It was delicious.



These narrow streets with pedestrianized cobblestones should be more common in today's newly-designed streets.

















Town Hall Square was a bustling gathering place. I didn't like it so much. It was the typical cafes on the square setup.

















Ah .. the guidebooks mentioned this pharmacy that has been at the same location for several centuries.

















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Old October 26th, 2009, 04:31 AM   #6
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Tallinn is certainly one of Europe's hidden gems. It's so beautiful and, for Europe, there aren't so many tourists, which is also good heh. On the other hand, I loved Olde Hansa (which is utter tourist), did you get to have a meal there? Awesome atmosphere.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 11:17 AM   #7
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Tallinn is certainly one of Europe's hidden gems. It's so beautiful and, for Europe, there aren't so many tourists, which is also good heh. On the other hand, I loved Olde Hansa (which is utter tourist), did you get to have a meal there? Awesome atmosphere.
I only had lunch at the cafe (the beef and vegetable stew). I left Tallinn around dinner time as I only did a day trip from Helsinki.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 11:59 AM   #8
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Tallinn is to beautiful for just one single daytrip. Nevertheless a very nice thread with great pics!
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Old October 29th, 2009, 04:23 AM   #9
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Tallinn is indeed too beautiful, but also too small.
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Old October 29th, 2009, 06:43 AM   #10
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so nice
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Old November 4th, 2009, 08:05 PM   #11
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Very nice pics of Tallinn!!
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Old November 5th, 2009, 08:00 PM   #13
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Wow what a show, the Old Town is beautiful. I also like those sun loungers they've got out in that square.
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Old November 5th, 2009, 11:15 PM   #14
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Tallinn is one nice old European city and I love this kind of old architecture.
The streets are barely deserted though.
I appreciate you uploading some busy crowded areas and that would be great.

thanks anyways for sharing them photos.
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Old November 6th, 2009, 12:13 PM   #15
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Indeed, amazing and very nice photos of Tallinn
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Old January 4th, 2010, 12:27 AM   #16
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Nice pics...I'm probably gonna try to visit Tallinn this year or in 2011. Since you also went to Bratislava, I'd like to know if you can sort of assess with city had a bigger old town/more to see/do.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 06:03 PM   #17
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Nice pics...I'm probably gonna try to visit Tallinn this year or in 2011. Since you also went to Bratislava, I'd like to know if you can sort of assess with city had a bigger old town/more to see/do.
Tallinn's old town is a little more interesting, although Bratislava's was livelier with more cafes and restaurants. Tallinn had quite a lot more variety in architecture, as the Orthodox cathedral really stood out, and the fact that the medieval walls still stand for the most part.
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That 'motorway' slicing off one side of Bratislava's old town certainly doesn't give it extra points...

Tallinn's old town, on the other hand, is a UNESCO World Heritage site (since 1997) and very deservedly so. Despite being rather compact in terms of land area it's rather dense and having a very decent mix of older styles. In this sense, I believe, Tallinn's old town is in a different league compared to Bratislava.
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The views from Upper Town are quite nice. Just a short walk from the main attractions, a viewpoint opens up overlooking the entire old town.















The streets are quiet though.



















Don't wear heels.







The city walls are still intact and open to tourists for climbing!









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