06.12.2005 10 °C
We selected Tallinn due to its remoteness, while still offering a direct flight from London. Apparently, with only 400,000 living there, it's the most un-densely populated city in Europe. The historic old town has a remarkable sense of space, almost deserted in some parts, with seagulls being the only sound you hear. This is me in the bustling Town Hall Square!
Tallinn regained its independence from Russia in 1991, and the drab, Soviet style buildings disappear as you travel away from the airport, replaced by traditional Eastern European buildings like this Orthodox Church or those made from wooden slats painted in pastel colors, such as their gov't house, which is bright pink.
The historic town is a walled city on the Gulf of Finland. Shops line the cobblestone streets, selling Amber jewels, woolens and handcrafted items.
We enjoyed the local food, Estonian pancakes, wild boar, fresh pike perch, underground coffee shops where we'd try their local drink Vana Tallinn that makes Jaegermiester taste good and your eyes roll back in your head!
Tallinn is a city of big fur hats, extremely cheap beer, plenty of pig and a great deal of fun!