We arrived to Tallinn, Estonia’s harbor after a 2 hour ferry ride from Helsinki on June 21st and took a taxi to our Airbnb. The taxi ride was quite odd because initially the taxi driver said he knew where the address was (which was only about 1.5 miles from the harbor), but then drove past it and when we spoke up and said we think he passed it, he assured us he was on the right path. A few minutes later, he realized his mistake and took us back to the Airbnb. I told him I wasn’t paying any extra for his mistake and he didn’t try to cheat me.
There was also a mix-up with the Airbnb host, but she eventually arrived and gave us a partial ride to a grocery store located 15 minutes walk from the lodging. The Airbnb was in a great location, within walking distance of Old Town. We were spending three nights here, so after returning from the grocery, we explored Old Town Tallinn and its amazing architecture!
According to Wikipedia: Estonia was founded in 1248 but the earliest human settlements date back to 3000 years BC, making it one of the oldest capital cities of northern Europe. Often dubbed as the Silicon Valley of Europe, it has the highest number of startups per person in Europe and is a birthplace of many international companies including Skype. In 2011, the city was a European Capital of Culture.
Some of these photos were taken the following morning when I went out exploring on my own…
This quaint house is near the Kadriorg Palace and Park, which I’ll go over in my next post!
We had perfect weather again…in the low 70’s and sunny!
I felt like I was transported back to Russia when I saw the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral…
The sky was quite unusual and beautiful…
On my walk back to the Airbnb, this whimsical lawn sculpture caught my fancy!
Tallinn was one of my favorite cities in Central/Eastern Europe! I read an article just yesterday about the U.S. sending more troops to the Baltic countries to beef up the military in case Russia decides to try and take over these countries. I certainly hope not. Why can’t countries/people just be happy with what they’ve got and stop trying to take, take, take!