Embracing a snowy Tartu

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This winter the cold is been waiting. We almost had no snow and temperature keep being like in September. But for a short weekend in Estonian second city I got snow falling from the sky.

Walking in the snow

Accompanying a local this time I could rest and let myself be guided by her. We arrived from the upper hill where the ruins of the former Cathedral stands and walked down to the historic centre in direction of a restaurant. She brought me to La Crêpe, a Frenchy location that offers various tasty thin pancakes (that us French call crêpes). I had one salty and one sweet, both were very tasty and made me full.

La Crêpe restaurant

La Crêpe restaurant

Night photos

When she had to leave me to her home, I started to shot the city a little, starting from the Town Hall square and its nicely decorated Christmas tree to the Tartu University. I was happy to see some snow falling, but had to fight with the cold that neither gloves of shoes prevent efficiently.

The Town Hall square

The Town Hall square

Tartu University decorated

Tartu University decorated

I was using my new-bought tripod in this occasion with a satisfied feeling. For just hundred of euros I own a new decent and good looking tool that changed my night-photography. No need to go low or to shoot quickly. The camera is perfectly mount and stable.

I went back to the Cathedral and met a Estonian practising his light painting skills on the walls, I asked for watching his results and we both were mitigated. None of his tries were good. He needs more power source of light. By contrast my simple long exposure photos had a better rendering though being more classical.

Skeleton in medieval tomb found in Tartu History Museum

Skeleton in medieval tomb found in Tartu History Museum

Later I was crossing a bridge and see the old town from the opposite river bank. I noticed the Arch bridge totally enlighten. I realised that it is what Tallinn misses: a bridge over a river. I also saw the Saint John church and Uspenski orthodox Cathedral at night. Moving to the train station I took a new path and faced Library and Theatre, none look specially modern but this old design is still particularly interesting for me.

Train to Tallinn

Having to leave the city I was told by my friend to take the train instead of the bus. Instead of being cheaper it is quicker! Incredible. That was for me the first time ever to use the railway in Estonia. First I was happy because the station is entirely built within wood and was renovated few year ago, its history was even explain with a dozen of panel using photos and text, unfortunately only in Estonian. I was happy with that but had some little trouble… I paid the ticket at the automate by card and forgot to take the printed ticket with me. I only had in my possession the recipe. No need to tell that I have been controlled and the woman was not happy with the situation. Using my best credulous attitude I explain I didn’t understand her since she did not speak a word of English. I haven’t got fine, and slept two hours before arriving to Tallinn train station, hungry.

Tartu train station

Tartu train station

 

Guillaume Speurt

Guillaume Speurt

French settled in Estonia, I have spent my last years in the Baltic States. I love photography and travelling in Eastern and Central Europe, I write this blog to relate my experiences.
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