Early Saturday morning saw us docked near the Estonian city of Tallinn. Tallinn is a contrast of modern and medieval – the outer part is modern verging on ultra modern but the heart of the city is sited on a hill, the medieval town. Our ship was dock well outside the city and we had to bus into the modern part to be dropped off at the foot of the hill for a long walk up through one of the medieval gates into the small cramped streets. The old square is surrounded with medieval buildings with some fine attachments. I’m sure that the talk given by the tour guide was interesting and informative, however, we where on top of a hill, exposed to the wind which added a windchill factor of Freezing. We stood there for 5 minutes before setting of on our own for bit of a wander around the centre before going for a sample of mid morning tea and folk dance display.
Susan and I enjoyed our little meander around this old town. Looking at how the old buildings were being used for modern business without destroying the outer facade of the building. We spotted dragons, a Scottish Pub, some intriguing statues, carved doorways as well as a few Irish pubs
After about an hour we made our way back to the meeting point in time for the “Cultural Treat”. The folk dance was interesting unfortunately it was very vigorous and too fast for me to capture via my camera, as I had not taken my fast lens. (Oh well lesson learnt there). 30 minutes later we were heading back to our coach for the return trip to the ship. Like all shore excursions there does not appear to be enough time to explore places in detail. It takes so long to get between places and so little time at the destination. What did stick in my mind is that Tallinn is a town of two parts the ancient surround by the modern. This can be summed up with the opening image and the closing image taken as we departed the docks.