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Aug 22, 2018 - DAY 6 - Tallinn

Day 6 - Tallinn (Estonia) Docked in Tallinn at about 8am, once again in lovely, but quite breezy sunshine. We disembarked at 9.45am, this time for a non-organised day exploring the town on our own on foot. Unfortunately three other large cruise ships were in port at the same time, so this meant that nearly 10,000 of us were hitting the narrow cobbled streets of the ancient walled town at the same time and trying to visit the same attractions - not good! This is clearly one of the least appealing aspects of cruising! By lunchtime we had...

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Jul 13, 2018 - Estonia

Yesterday we spent the morning in Geneva with the girls and after lunch we said our good byes. We headed for the airport mid afternoon for our flight to Tallinn. We have really enjoyed the opportunity we have had to holiday with Karen, Elysia and Jayde. It was after midnight when we finally landed in Tallinn due to flight delays and were grateful for our pre-arranged airport transfer. Our hotel is in the "old town", a UNESCO world heritage site and we spent today exploring this beautiful town. It's a very popular tourist destination and...

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Jun 24, 2018 - Walking around Tallinn

Talinn is 57 miles over sea to Helsinki and half way between St Petersburg & Stockholm so will lots of cultural influences since first stronghold in C10th. Closest to Finland language and economy. Seized by Swedes in 1561 for 150 yrs and taken over by Russians who industrialised medieval town. On hill, overlooking the sea, Old Town is cobbled. Walking tour + C14th gothic town Hall, pink parliament buildings and Toompea Castle near Alexander Nevsky Cathegral (11 bells). Afternoon free: lots of colourful knitted & linen handicrafts.Seaport...

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Jun 23, 2018 - Tallinn

Time to get our bearings before others arrive. Tallinn, pop 500,000,is compact and easily accessible on foot, with minimal traffic. The Old Town is one of the best Hanseatic town centres world wide and a UNESCO Heritage Site. Vibrant cafe and nightlife culture. Seaport Hotel Hop On-Hop-Off bus Red Route to: the Sound Music Festival park (every town has one), Russalka Memorial (commemorating 177 Russians lost at sea in 1893 en route to Finland), very soft, sandy beach, walk in the park to the Palace gardens, the Kadriog Palace (Peter the...

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Jun 22, 2018 - We're off - just

A l o n g day. Up at 5:45, now in Tallinn at 1:45 (tomorrow!). Easy to Heathrow from Premier, Bath Road; check in, security, pleasant breakfast in (new to me) T3 (with enormous stainless steel work of art in atrium), essential shopping, meander around the shops, wait at gate, go to board...... only to find our flight left an hour ago! So, a few loops with Lufthansa and service desk at Explore and..... big sigh of relief.....a booking on evening flight via Frankfurt to Tallinn as before.... at a charge of course but not eye watering. A few...

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Jun 13, 2018 - Team name - the 5 of 20

June 12 It was a cruising day. Naps, trivia, playing cards, and eating, always the eating. There is a trivia at 5 we play and are asked 20 questions. It was so ridiculously hard the winner had 8 right and we only had 5. The geography of the world has changed so much since high school next cruise I am packing a world map. I met a woman from Azerbaijan. She spoke perfect English. Before you look it up on a map its near Turkey. The World Cup is in Russia this year. Yes, we will be in Moscow for the opening ceremony and in St Petersburg for...

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Jun 13, 2018 - Voted Funniest Guild Ever

June 13 Wednesday Today we went into Tallinn, Estonia. A country that has been ruled by everyone in Europe it seems. The Germans, Russians, Sweden, Poland, and yes even Denmark. The Russians ruled them most recently. The population of Estonia is 1,300,000 people. Our guild told us how the National pass time was stealing everything they could at work and not nailed down from the Russian government. Some stole enough to build houses. Her grandfather had a closet full of chocolate.They had to have permission from the government to own a...

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May 26, 2018 - Tallin, Estonia

Dear all, The weather is warm again. We have enjoyed a day in Tallin, Estonia. The old city is just like walking into a fairy tale, with the old tall buildings, narrow cobble stoned streets. We walked through the city for 3 hours so our feet were quite tired when we returned to the ship, but a little poppy nap has gone some way to return them back to normal. The entertainment tonight is a Beatles concert, then dinner and early to be as we have a 6.15am start for St Petersburg. Love Dianne and Paul

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Our Big Trip

Jan 8, 2018 - Tallinn

It seemed like the middle of the night when we boarded our 6.40 train to Helsinki and it remained pitch black all the way. A short cab ride to the ferry terminal and we were all set for the Baltic Sea crossing. The 2.5 hour cruise was a breeze with only a slight swell but it was bone-chilling cold on deck for photo shoots. Stuff that as a necessity for our journal. The ferry was huge with cabins, suites, gaming rooms, restaurants and massive sun deck areas. We were soon into our hotel and it was brilliant. Right in the Old Town. Could not...

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a whitish christmas

Sep 25, 2017 - Tallinn

A free day in Tallinn, which gave me the opportunity to walk around the Old Town at my own pace. Visited the derelict area where all foreign visitors arrived, before being strictly escorted by the KGB to the Viru Hotel, the only hotel in Estonia where foreigners were permitted to stay. Afterwards I went to the Viru Hotel and did their KGB tour. Officially the hotel only had 22 stories, but the KGB worked on the 23rd floor. The hotel was specially built to allow for extensive tapping and spying. Visited a room which had been left just as it...

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Beijing to Berlin

Sep 24, 2017 - Tallin - Capital Of Estonia

Day 14 - Sunday 24th September Resisted the temptation to have another swim & sauna before setting off to the town of Narva, right on the border with Russia. The river Narva forms the border between Estonia & Russia at this point and there are imposing forts facing each other on both sides of the river. We would have liked to have gone across & into Russia but the cost of visas ruled this out for us. We did log a geocache right down by the riverside which we believe is the most Easterly cache in Europe. We also visited the most Easterly...

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The Baltic States

Sep 24, 2017 - Helsinki to Tallinn

This morning we walked from the hotel to the harbour in Helsinki and caught a rather large Viking Line ferry across the Gulf of Finland to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The ferry ride took 3 hours and was uneventful. After checking in to our hotel we went on an orientation walk around the Old Town of Tallinn. It is beautiful!!! One of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Tomorrow is a free day, so can explore some more Perfect weather today!

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Beijing to Berlin

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