TALLINN

July 13, 2017

“Money doesn’t buy happiness but it can help pay for the journey.”

 

This past week I was lucky enough to have visited Frankfurt, Germany and Tallinn, Estonia.  I had been to Frankfurt one another time to visit the same client but Tallinn was a new experience for me.  What made it even better is that I got to witness it with Maggie.  I would best describe the two-day visit as being surprisingly beautiful.  Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site as its medieval architecture and preservation is some of the most well-preserved in all of Europe.

 

Tallinn Overview

  • Local Food: 8/10.  Had steak both nights. The black bread is a game-changer.  Apparently, there isn’t any yeast in it?  If you go to Tallinn, and don’t eat this, shame on you! Maggie enjoyed the soups and seafood. Great presentation.

  • Local Culture: 8/10.   A lot of restaurants play on their medieval history and dress up head to toe in full-garb.  The juniper cutlery is pleasantly unique and makes a great gift for loved ones.

  • Scenery: 7.5/10.  Some parts of the city are covered in graffiti and are run-down.  There are still remnants of the Soviet Union which have been abandoned and large cruise ships sit in the port which is a bit of an eye-sore.  The architecture in the Old Town is 1st-class.

  • Friendliness: 8/10.  Did you know Estonians speak Estonian?  About 1 million people speak this language which most closely resembles Finnish.

  • Walkability: 9/10. The city is relatively compact and can easily be seen by foot. Large crowds of cruise ship day-trippers descend upon the city from late morning-early evening, so for a quieter atmosphere, it’s best to head out very early or later in the day.  Many great vantage points (towers of cathedrals) to get nice landscape shots.

 

 

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