Tallinn seen from a new angle

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A sunny weekend after a rainy week and I choose to have a special walk in Tallinn. My only objectif was to not cross the city center but just turn around. It was a good idea with all new things I have discovered!

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Trying to catch a panorama of Tallinn

Tallinn is one of my favourite city, it has charm and incredible old and typical architecture. I wanted to catch it in several photo panorama before going back to France. I already made one last semester and was pretty proud of me but desired to get a better one! I have been clearly disapointed when later in the day I realized that what I thought to be accuracy was actually causing more problem than giving quality… I think I took too much photos with too little angle, resulting a hard task to fusion them and a bad panorama. I didn’t lost my time, my walk in the crowed streets of Tallinn in this Sunday was amusing :)

Before leaving to Mustamae, the district I live, my friend proposed to meet for a hour. I proposed her to come to my favourite Irish pub in the city on the main square. Hungry as always I wanted to eat a little. I should mention that on that market square a Theater group performed a special dance! They brought a strange atmosphere, but I liked their costumes.

Open theater on Raekoja plats

Open theater on Raekoja plats

We went later to Toompea where we admired the sunset over the city. It’s incredible to see how it can change my feeling about Tallinn, it seems to be always different and I can’t be bored while watching the skyline. That day the special guest was the moon who was behind the tower of Tallinn and was pretty big in the clear sky, cannot be missed.

Tallinn from outside the walls

Visit of the National Library

The good thing with the end of the semester is that I have more free time for me! The sun was there I took the trolley to the center and gave me one objective: I should not visit the old town but stay outside and as close as possible.

Before reaching my starting point I made a stop at the National Library. Important building near the new Academic Hostel in Endla. The designer who have imagined it is the same who made the Linnahall, my favourite building in Tallinn.

The entrance is only 30euro cents, so almost nothing. The building is divided in five floors with gallery, work rooms and book store. From outside and even from the hall I suspected to see something magnificent, big and impressive. I have been a little disappointed. The interior is nothing fancy as the outside can let me think.

Estonian National Library

Estonian National Library

Here again the interesting part was to make photos from outside. On the terrace was placed the old informative sign from the time Tallinn was European Cultural Capital. I learnt about its history and evolution, these six panel were worth to read. It was the second time for me to walk there, the first was during my Erasmus with my very special friend at the same period of the month, souvenirs souvenirs…

Parks and the flower festival

Toompea Castle in Tallinn

Toompea Castle in Tallinn

Surprise visit of the tower behind Grusbeke

After having made my large tour all around the old town I passed on the other side of the defensive walls near the Ukrainian church. I saw a group of people leaving it and didn’t pay much more attention to them, I stay in front of the building that I have never really appreciate and made several photos. I continued to walk and saw a sign on a tower nearby. It was written on a door the inscription « Free Entrance » and I decided to try to get inside.

Inside the tower behind Grusbeke

Inside the tower behind Grusbeke

I took the stairs outside and reached the second floor over the wall. I was in front of a room nicely decorated. There an Estonian woman told me in English that it might be private or something, to that I replied that I saw a sign and that I can be there. I followed her to the third floor where was the rest of the group. I ended in a small room just under the roof, a old man was talking in Estonian to them explain many things and showing some demonstration with giants toys which were there. I still don’t know what was exposed but all objects looked related to religion and made out of wood. Most of them were two or three meter high and articulate!

I took some photos but not as much as I wanted because I didn’t think to charge my camera before going. I regret.

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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