Friday, 16 August 2013

Baltic Holidays - Day 9 - Estonia

Day 9 is in Talinn, Estonia.

I didn't know what to expect from Estonia, I've never heard much about it in the past but I came away from Talinn with fond memories.

We only dropped into old town really but it was such a beautiful place. The architecture was great and the atmosphere was so calm and peaceful. Even after the square had totally filled with tourists and the heavens opened up on us the atmosphere just became lively and more vibrant.
The above photo is amongst my favourites. It looks period, like a scene from a hundred years back or so.
If I applied some sepia tone and faked some aging it would be quite convincingly old I'd think.

Behind that woman was an amazing... cafe? it sold fresh pastries filled with meats and/or vegetables and various warmed alcoholic beverages, all served in awesome stoneware. I've got to say I really enjoyed drinking from the stoneware cup they served.
There's no photos inside the atmospheric eatery as it had no lighting aside from the occasional candle and the large stone ovens they were cooking with.

One of the earlier things we did was go inside this church.
This church had a ludicrously tall tower of which we paid so we could go up to the top.
At the top was a precarious wooden ledge propped up on the tiles of the sloped roof from the spire which was penned in with some chicken-wire'ish type fencing.

It was pretty sturdy, my boy loved it up there but it was a bit cramped for the number of people, the view however was brilliant.

We then headed on.
I believe the next church we visited was the oldest one in Talinn. This one we didn't climb to the top of but we did have a look around inside. Where it all looked... very old.

The following shots are from around the town.

The last two shots were taken from the tower in the middle of the town centre. You can see the weather in the background which, whilst we were stood at the top of a tower, on what appeared to be a large copper plate when, naturally, a few crashes of thunder and lightning filled the sky.
Of course we shortly thereafter made our way back to ground level.

The following shots were taken from the ship as and before we left.

The last shot was just where some light happened to get caught in the right way to shine a little rainbow across the rusty floor of the balcony I was on.

Well it caught my attention anyway.

I again set the camera up for a timelapse and this was what I got. Not quite as exciting as the last one.