TALLINN

ESTONIA


The tour we took covered a couple of areas we'd seen before, and some we hadn't.
Again there are some black and white pictures, but fortunately I realized it part way throughout the day and got it fixed.
In the meantime, I've included some of Jay's and Izak's offerings on the page to provide the 'colour'.



   

Kadriorg Palace which was on our tour two years ago, only we didn't go in this time. Actually, I think it looks better in black and white.  :-)
   

The grounds of Kadriorg Palace.  
I took a number of pictures in the garden, but this is the only one I decided to use, only because I liked the way the flowers 'snake' along the ground.
   

Part of the gardens in 'living colour'.

   

The gazebo on an small island in the lake.
   

Our next stop was the Song Festival Grounds, where once every five years  tens of thousands of Estonians gather in Tallinn in the summertime to take part in the Song and Dance Festival.  The festival is an enormous open-air concert that includes hundreds of choirs and thousands of singers. The number of participants in the Song Festival can reach up to 25 or 30 thousand, but the greatest number of people is on stage during the performance of the joined choirs, usually 18 000 singers on stage at that moment. The number of spectators the grounds can hold is  300,000, which was reached during the so-called 'Singing Revolution' in 1988.
   

On the grounds is a statue of one of Estonia's composers and choir directors, Gustav Ernesaks. He played an integral role in the Singing Revolution and was one of the father figures of the Estonian Song Festival tradition. One of his songs, set to Lydia Koidula's poem Mu isamaa on minu arm, became an unofficial national anthem during the years of Soviet occupation
   

A closer look at Gustav.
   

The grounds also had those cut-outs you can pose with to see how you'd look in the national 'dress'. That's Dina peeking through.
   

The last black and white - Dina and Izak at the Festival grounds.
   

The next stop was Pirita, the beachside location of the yachting complex built for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.
 

   

The harbour where the yachting event took place.
   

Locals taking advantage of the warm weather.
That's Taillinn in the distance.


Another view of the harbour. The cruise ship to the right is from the Holland American line.
The other three ships are car ferries.



This monument was built after a ship was lost in a storm off the coast.


The Angel holds a cross in the act of blessing all those who sail her seas.


A street view back in 'Old Town' Taillinn.


Alexander Nevsky Cathedral under repair.


The park area beside Toompia Castle.







A final view of the city.



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