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Apr
8
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The Brotherhood of Blackheads – only in Estonia and Latvia.

The Brotherhood of Blackheads – only in Estonia and Latvia. The house of Blackheads is probably one of the most unusual buildings I have ever seen. Situated in the main square in Riga’s old town the original building was erected in the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads. The building was destroyed during a bomb attack in 1941 and what was left of the remains was demolished in 1948 by the Soviets. The...
Apr
7
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Tallinn to Riga by bus.

Tallinn to Riga by bus. Firstly there are plenty of options to travel between Tallin and Riga by bus and there are several bus lines that ply this route. (Please see Estonia transportation links for details). I used Ecolines. Despite booking on line I decided to change it to an earlier time and this was simply done by phone.  The Ecoline buses are comfortable and there are on board bathrooms,...
Apr
6
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Tallinn free walking tour – Don’t miss it!

Tallinn free walking tour – Don’t miss it! The Tallinn free walking tour takes place everyday at 12pm. No need to book, just turn up at the  Tallinn Tourist Info Center on the corner of Harju and Niguliste street. It’s just off the main square and easy to find. I actually took the tour on the last day of my stay in Tallinn and already knew my way around, but the tour made for a wonderful finale to what is...
Mar
16
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Linnahall – Soviet building at its concrete worse.

Linnahall – Soviet building at its concrete worse. If you like your attractions to be just a little quirky and best of all free then you would be hard put to find anything quirkier than Linnahall. Situated just minutes outside the old town and next to a local fairground this concrete wonderland is hard to beat. In fact there is a bit more to it than just a massive display of concrete. The complex was in fact built for the...
Mar
16
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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – Hard to believe it was once hated!

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – Hard to believe it was once hated! Like every former country that was once part of the Russian empire Tallinn has its own spectacular Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Built between 1894-1900 to a design by Mikhail Preobrazhensky the cathedral sit majestically on Toompea Hill. The cathedral is named after Saint Alexander Nevsky who won the battle of the ice on Lake Pelpus in 1242. Strangely enough the cathedral...
Mar
12
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I almost flew a former Soviet army plane!

I almost flew a former Soviet army plane! Ok that’s a slight exaggeration but our guide promised us a surprise at the end of our day trip to Paldiski and the Northern cliffs of Estonia and we ended up at a field to find a former Soviet army transport plane literally parked in someone’s back garden. It turned out that the owner was a rather spritey old gentleman who was also a renowned expert on model...
Mar
11
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Murru prison quarry and the blue lagoon – great place for a barbecue.

Murru prison quarry and the blue lagoon – great place for a barbecue. This place is quite extraordinry, not just for its beauty but for how it came about. The mining quarry was established in 1938 and mined by inmates from the nearby prison. In fact the mountain like structure you will see was man made from the residue from the quarry which piled up over the years  and now stands at an incredible height of 70 meters at its tallest. The...
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