Finally! It took almost four years before my French guys from UTBM came to visit me in Estonia! We studied in the same University before in Belfort before flying in three different countries. We could met once in Paris but basically we entertained a long distance friendship. For a week, I managed to show them a lot of my second country.
The first contact I had with them in Tallinn was at the airport, I waited almost a hour until seeing them at the complaining desk. There bags were forgotten in Amsterdam… it will make our week different than we wanted.
After having also wait a long moment before the taxi came we get to Red Emperor Hotel. Staff was nice and patient to them when Cedric took half a hour to fill in administrative forms. Hungry and sleepy we walked to Kompressor to have delicious pancake and then we did shopping for them to have some clean clothes for the next days.
Tour in a magical city
They didn’t expected to have such a problem and didn’t pack any changes in the cabin baggages… It took us almost all afternoon, including some walk to Toompea and Raekoja plats. They have been seduced by the view offered from the hill and I think they understood why I am staying in Estonia since all this years: Tallinn is so pretty!
On second day we met in the morning to see a little more of Tallinn. It was hot and guys were dying. Kind of funny for people coming from South of France that were moking me living in a winterish Northern country.
In addition to old town and inner parks we climb the Soviet Linnahall. This is something we have in common. Cedric having been in Romania, and Mathieu and Amelie in Czech. We chilled a bit on top of it and walked to Rotterman design quarter.
Famous alternative place to visit was the central market in Baltijaam. Some things seen were funny and some other a little less. We bought Green Card at the R-Kiosk in train station and went to have dinner in La Boheme restaurant situated right next to Telleskivi tram stop.
Anlther place nearby city centre is the Cathrine’s valley. The park and Palace of the Kadriorg was appreciated by them who told me « it is really lovely here ». We walked arround the Japanese garden and look at the Russalka monument by the sea.
Chiling and swimming in Pirita
Summer in Estonia means going to the sea. We spend two afternoon in the Baltic Sea swimming and resting on Pirita. The second time we stayed untill the sunset, having pizzas and looking at the sun going under the horizon line.
Also close to Pirita I made them walk in the Singing Ground festival to see the stage where ten thousands of Estonian gattered just a month back. I was feeling good remebering it
Mathieu and Amelie were mostly interested in nature, less by architecture or cities… they mentioned several time that juqt visiting cities was boring. So we programed the days after Latvia according to their wish before we needed to bring back the car.
Laheema National park
This National Park is the most known and visited of Estonia. I have discovered it with ESN one year ago and I was sure it would satisfy the couple. Sky was grey but temperatures remained high. I explained them how was the bog found and used during industrialised times. We also climbed the tower to have a good overview on the landscape. Ob our way on the unique wooden path we met several people and a familly swimming in the bog. I know the water is healthy and drinkable but I would not expect people to swim in it
My second visit of this waterfall didn’t gave me a better view of it. We have stopped on the same parking and I saw it from the same angle. Water was flowing on a narrower band and it looked strange. Still half of the width was covered witg water. Cedric and I went far behind the waterfall, some drops falling on us we got a little wet with this experience.
Tallinn Open Air Museum
After Vimsi Open Air Museum with Alan I now know the Tallinn’s one. Much bigger with many houses built in different times and all imported from various Estonian regions, I enjoy walking in it. We all could pay the entrance at student price but I got annoyed when the lady told me that all house were closing within 10 minutes while she tool my money! Was not customer friendly to warn us after we paid… if we could not see all interiors we have found a lot of berries in the wood