Every evening, the passengers are given a sort of paper bulletin/memo for what’s going to happen on the ship the following day, what the weather will be like and basic information about the next city we’d dock at. The night before we got to Tallinn, we were given the impression that Tallinn was going to be 20 degrees Celcius. I thought this would be the kind of average cool temperature you’d experience in Britain but unfortunately I realised, when we got off the ship, that the sun and cloudless sky meant I was going to suffer in my tight fitting trouser leggings and thick soled Doc Martens.
I got a unique shot of our ship, the Norwegian Sun (left). We managed to ‘park’ beside a fellow ‘floating hotel’. Chan said she’d take a photo later but I had the slight feeling that we wouldn’t get a sight like this again. And… I was right! We came back at the end of the day to find that the ship on the right had left.
We met our guide. This is her showing us where we’d be walking – The Old Town.
Quite a lot of the buildings by the Baltic Sea were built for people to see them as they were coming ashore, to impress them. As a matter of fact, we were having breakfast on board as we arrived in Tallinn and I can honestly say that I was taken aback by how beautiful it looked from the windows! It looked like it had been untouched for hundreds of years. Just like this wide, fat, tower here. The holes used to contain cannons.
To be honest, I didn’t really listen to the guide much *guilty* – in a way, all you need to do is walk around the Old Town and discover it yourself. It’s quite a small country in comparison to St Petersburg, where there was so much history that fascinated me. But isn’t it pretty? It’s difficult not to get any shots with tourists in them because Summer is their busiest season. It is Baltic in the Winter (sorry for the pun).
As you can see, the buildings are painted in cheerful pastel colours; creams, yellows, blues, pinks, greens. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sweet little doorway into a shop.
There were many tour groups walking around. The little boy here caught my eye. He seems completely in his own world while everyone else is looking up to the left at some… plaque or something.
A display at the window of a well-known sweetie bakery shop.
A beautiful church and ancient clock.
As we walked up a cobbled road, a young boy was busking on the violin. He was actually really good. I regret not giving him any coins. I took ages capturing him and had to sprint to catch up with the rest of the group!
Edgar is what his name badge says. He was one of many who stopped by streets offering cold drinks to tourists.
Three old beggar ladies outside the church. The were talking amongst themselves as they waited at the bottom of the steps.
Then this lady seemed to be happy to have her photo taken!
A narrow walkway here…
This is how Chan takes photos.
And I will end this post with the first of many silly videos we took. This is the first one. Chan wanted to record the square we were in and suggested I do some dancing or singing to make it more interesting. It’s easier said than done, dancing in public… Try not to look at me, admire the beautiful square instead?
Next city – St Petersburg the ‘cultural capital’ of Russia!
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