My first year as a degree student end in a very good way, I could enjoy again some free weeks in Tallinn at the beginning of June, spending my time between the beach, the festival and some interesting sightsee. I was pretty busy those days 🙂
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An evening on the beach
Because one of dearest Polish girls was going to return to Poland we went in a small group to spend an afternoon in Pirita, sitting on the beach and drinking some beers while watching the sun entering in the horizon line.
Ukrainian rock band and city tour
Haydamakn on the town hall square
After a short day during which I visit the Ukrainian church in Tallinn with an old friend from Erasmus, I was attending a very good live concert of the Ukrainian band Haydamakn! It sounded very similar to La Ruda, a ska French band that I love.
With a Korean and Estonian friends I discover a international « market » on the square. Different stands with activities and informations. On an Estonian organisation stand we had a nostalgic photo shoot, sitting around a table drinking tea and wearing old fashion clothes 🙂
Once the concert over we moved to the town hall square where another concert of the City Days was going. More classic than the rock’s one, we got a bored and waited for friends to join us. What they did minutes later.
With the group newly formed I’ve brought them to the Linnahall by walk, and inside of sitting on the edifice itself we stayed at the old harbour on it’s left, from there the immense building was entirely visible. And looked nice with sunset.
City by night
After have rested enough we walked back to the city center, and I passed by the park under Toompea with a friend while other went to eat. We got an interesting point of view that allowed us to see perfectly Ruuti and Muurivahe streets. Once at McDonalds we sat outside at a table, two girls where playing classical music and welcomed us with Vivaldi!
Tallinn Television tower
On that other beautiful day I went with another group of friend to the Tallinn TV Tower, a monumental concrete tower near Pirita beach. The design is very similar to the one in Vilnius, both were developed from industrial chimney, but Estonian is taller, located in the forest instead of the dormitory district and has a view on the sea!
I like Vilnius TV tower, it has a 80’s bar restaurant that turns to give a good view of the city, I was there at new year 2012 and that was my first and last time. Comparing it to Tallinn is quite unfair but I must do. In Vilnius the main point is to eat and have a panorama whereas in Tallinn you will find a informative platform with computers and entertainment screen. Also downstairs is a cheap souvenir shop where prices are lower than in the old town, on the exact same objects!
We watch a funny film in 3D in the tower’s cinema. Estonian humour, an Estonian elderly was trying to get in the tower at night in winter to achieve a secret task 🙂 hope I can find this short film somehow.
We have finish that journey to Pirita by get suntanned at the beach with the little group. First time this year I took time to lay on the sand for nothing else than resting.
Another sunset on Pirita
One Polish friend was preparing her departure and wished to go a last time at the beach, so we went and wait until the sunset. I made some good photos and if Poles enjoyed the moment, Koreans liked it even more! 😀
Mustamae and the Glehn park
Fresh Tuesday but nice day again, I proposed my friends to go for a walk in the Glehn park situated not far away from our dorms. We had to cross the campus, where we met a strange space shuffle and where one of the girl found immediately a four leaf clover…. lucky.
The park is on the hill behind the old Vana Mustamae district, exactly in Nõmme. We walked and fought against mosquitos for a while, seeing Kalevipoeg and several crocodile statues. I really like that place, and I am sure that most of the students don’t even know about it. I learnt lately that statues and Green caslte and the whole park was designed by the Baron Nicholas von Glen.
Long walk in Tallinn
Tondi army barracks
Almost since I am arrived in Tallinn I wanted to see a specific monument of the city, the so called Bronze Soldier. A Russian memorial that used to stand in front of the National Library and than moved to the periphery in a military cemetery. The way to reach it isn’t so easy, especially from Mustamae the district I am living in. I had to take two buses at least and walk, according to the map. But I didn’t expected that I had such a long distance to do.
I must assume that I din’t took the easiest way because I also wanted to stop at an interesting building in the down town. It was big and red, that is actually the ex military camp of Tondi. Two symmetrical houses that had two different life. While the first is now hosting a school, the second is abandoned.
Bronze Soldier statue
Now comes the most terrible moment of my week, an infinite walking in the Tallinn down town. Nothing good, just walking and trying to find my way to the cemetery. That was hard, I got lost at a old bus station and couldn’t cross the national road. Even if I saw the cemetery I had to do a big tour which took me at least one hour. Very bad. I was going very close to the airport and the lake when I noticed that that part of the city was having huge construction works. Many roads were closed and it made my trip even longer. I end up in the Siselinna cemetery and climb a wall to be in the Defence Forces Cemetery of Tallinn! Yes, there are no possibility to pass from one to the other…
But my day was made when I caught that face, a deeply thinking soldier from the WWII.
The last tourist day of my semester
Kadriorg park Japanese garden
My last day in Tallinn I spent it with my unofficial Polish student. With had a tour in the city as tourists who wanted to enjoy more the sun than the actual town. By trolleybus and tramway we went to the Kadriorg for its flowered park. There we walked to the notable buildings which are the Presidential Palace and Palace of the Kadriorg.
I finally saw the small but cute Japanese garden at the north of the park. A pound surround with flowers and beautiful trees. Because we were there we also went to the beach, passing the Russalka memorial, for me to put my feet in the close-to-be-warm water and to save some sand I could bring back with me. I am a sentimental.
Back in the city center she brought me to the hill, Cathedral, church, sightsee point and the Toompea’s park, behind the parliament and under the Hermann tower, where I usually don’t go.
Church of Saint Olaf lookout
We had to go back to the dorms and had a little of time, so we agreed on going back to the heart of the city and climb the million stairs of the Saint Olaf church’s tower. From there we had an amazing view on the old town. The view was even better than during my first time, the second day I arrive in Tallinn. Time flies and things change.
We also visited the actual church, and not only the tower. It is simply decorated, a piano stands near the office and my friend played on it very well. Not sure that it was allowed even if the short performance was good 🙂