Photos from Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is a peaceful city, or at least the old town seems so. There are plenty of tourists and activities, but the cobbles and focus on tourism mean there are few vehicles allowed in the old part, and strolling round it is a pleasure. After North America, where architecture is certainly newer, and often mostly functional, these old buildings, alleyways and characterful stoneworks are a lovely change.

Have some photos, so I can share it with you. Walking around is a pleasure. Though it is also the Black Nights Film Festival, and I have been indoors, taking full advantage of that.

Viru Gate, Tallinn
Viru Gate, Tallinn.
Cobbled street and market stalls
Cobbled street and market stalls.
Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Old Town. Many of the businesses play up to the medieval aspect.
Cobbled streets
Cobbled streets.
Freedom square
Freedom square.

Christmas market

Restaurant in an alleyway
Restaurant in an alleyway.
Tourists on a cobbled street
Tourists on a cobbled street.
View from the old city wall
View from the old city wall.
View from Hellemann Tower and old city wall
View from Hellemann Tower and old city wall.

For 3 euros – which is just about the right price (my ticket said 4, so perhaps that’s the peak season price) – you can climb some steps up to the old city wall, and then some further ones to the top of the Hellemann tower. The views are pretty good, but there isn’t much else to it.

View from Hellemann Tower
View from Hellemann Tower.

There is a door in front of this grid, at the top of the tower. It opens, if you want a clearer photo.

Estonia, proudly flying their own flag and that of the EU
Estonia, proudly flying their own flag and that of the EU. And why wouldn’t you? Oh.

Seeing countries flying the EU flag is tinged with sadness (or blind fury and argumentation) for a Brit, at the mo. Paying in Euros is also tinged with sadness, though mostly of the “crikey, how much is that today?!?” variety.

Tallinn old town
Tallinn old town.
Another part of the city walls
Another part of the city walls.
Hungarian embassy and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Hungarian embassy and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

But which films did you see? I know you want to know:

  • The Favourite.
  • The Nagano Tapes.
  • Anote’s Ark.
  • Island of the Hungry Ghosts.
  • Social Animals.

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