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Our day in Tallin, Estonia

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Well, after two full days on the ship we finally arrived in Talliin, Estonia – our first REAL port. Bad weather forced us to cancel our cruise stop which would have allowed us to visit Berlin.

At dinner we met a couple who did make it to Berlin and to Warnemunde (the prot for Berlin). It seems they missed their connection in the Middle East and missed the ship in Copenhagen. Thinking they would meet up with us the next day they flew to Berlin, took the train to Warnemunde and were anxiously awaiting the cruise ship which, of course, never arrived. So they had to haul it back by train to Berlin, fly to Tallin, via Helsinki and finally caught up with the ship this morning. What a tale they have to tell. For all you up and coming travel agents a word of advice; give your clients at least one day in the depature dity before the clients cruise.

Tallin is a very walkable city, a short 30 minute stroll from the ship and you are immersed in the old Town of Tallin, Estonia. The old town has fortified walls, Orthodox churches and a vibrant town square. Of course, with two cruise ships in port all the vendors were in the square to sell their wares. The best buys are Estonia wool sweaters, scarves, mitts and hats. They also sell the most wonderfully roasted spiced almonds.

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Tallin is well known (not before we arrived by me though) as a leader in Internet Wifi technology. One of the groups was told that Skype was ‘invented or introduced’ in Tallin. It is just great to sit in an European style cafe, order your cafe latte and surf the Internet and check e-mails from your computer The barman on our ship says he always goes into the Tallin city center because of the free Wifi.

We climbed the very narrow stone staircase to the top of the Tallin City Hall Tower for a magnifcant view of the old town. A few of the steps were not anywhere to code height – small children needed to be lifted from one step to another.

And now to the beautiful women of Estonia – they are just that. With Helinski, Finland located just 50 kms. Across the gulf it is easy to see the Scandanavian influence in the people of Estonia. Everyone is white blond and totally gorgeous. Ladies, I can tell you the guys are pretty handsome too! I especially liked the young man who served me the local Estonian beer, Saku (that is the name of the beer not the name of the waiter).
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All in all, it was a great day. The sun tried to shine and apart from a few rain showers it was a very successful day in Tallin.

Posted by jonaway 11:05 Archived in Estonia

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