a gem along the baltic sea

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tallinn is the picturesque port city of estonia, a small country in the baltic region.  it has head over heels charms of medieval architecture, so charismatic, most captivating with laid back atmosphere.  i was enamored by its warmth and beauty.

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my friends and i traced rick steve’s ‘one day in tallinn’ that took us first to fat margaret tower, the gateway to the old city.  from there was an easy walk on cobblestoned pikk street, the oldest in tallin dotted with medieval buildings laden in history.

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there was st olav church built in the 12th century and the ministry of police building that had a portentous past, once the headquarters of kgb.  we stopped at maiasmokk, ‘sweet tooth’ open café for drinks and pastry and enjoyed the charm and feel of the old town, so delightful and pretty.

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the church of the holy ghost, a medieval church is one of the oldest and finest structures in tallin noted for its outdoor clock that is still working since the 17th century.  another medieval church is st. nicholas, now a concert hall and museum housing the most beautiful and stunning century-old works of art.

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one of the most dominating landmark in tallinn is the onion-domed russian church, the alexander nevsky cathedral.  it sits on the limestone hill of toompea, boasting the largest and grandest cupola.

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right across from nevsky cathedral is the pink palace now the country’s parliament building.  this beautiful palace was built by peter the great for catherine I back in the day

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we walked back to the old town square and soaked up for one last time the beauty of tallin.  the striking town hall dominated the square.  as i looked out from a corner café, i felt the pulse of the old town, enjoyed the vibe and savored the character and mood of all around me.  i relished those moments and felt a deep gratitude for God’s generosity.

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13 Responses to a gem along the baltic sea

  1. Amy says:

    A beautiful town to visit. Th church looks magnificent. So much fun at the market. Love these photos.

  2. beetleypete says:

    Tallin looks lovely, Lola. We really must take a short break there one day. Not too far from here for us. My cousin went there, and said it was one of his favourite places in Europe.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • lolaWi says:

      one of my favorites too Pete and i’d go back there in a heart beat! 🙂 i’m sure you and Julie will love the place. so much to offer and truly a charming place to visit. best to you 🙂

  3. Jet Eliot says:

    I enjoyed this lovely look at Tallin, Lola. The architecture, ancient streets, happy faces, and dazzling blue skies — all beautiful.

    • lolaWi says:

      oh i’m glad you enjoyed Jet! thank you for visiting and your comments are really appreciated. so happy to share these wonderful experiences with you 🙂

  4. arlene says:

    Nice place Wilma

  5. Sue Slaght says:

    A gem seems like the perfect way to describe this pretty town.

  6. restlessjo says:

    Parts of it remind me very much of Polish cities, LolaWi. It’s such an attractive architectural style, and i like the mix with the Russian church. So glad you had a lovely time. 🙂 🙂

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