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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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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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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

Sep 6, 2017 - Tallinn Hop-on Hop-off

We stayed in for breakfast this morning as Judi B scrambled eggs, cut up fresh fruit and I toasted some bread! Our plan for the day is to do the hop-off, hop- on bus to tour some areas outside of Old Town. We start out on the Green Line with the first stop Kadriorg Palace, a Petrine Baroque Palace built for Catherine 1 of Russia by Peter the Great. The Palace currently houses foreign art from the 16th and 20th centuries. The name of the Palace translates in Russian and also in Estonian into Catherine's Valley. The Palace sits on some...

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Sep 5, 2017 - Old Town and Beyond

Today we headed out of Old Town to the Estonian Open Air Museum which is a life-sized reconstruction of an 18th-century rural/fishing village, which comes complete with church, inn, schoolhouse, several and mills, a fire station, twelve farmyards and net sheds. All of the buildings are actual ones transported to this site. We got directions from the TI on how to get there by bus and passed thru Freedom Square where the War of Independence Victory Column stands commerating Estonia's War of Independence 1918-1920 on our way to the bus stop....

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Sep 4, 2017 - Tallinn Walking Tour

September 4 - Our First day in Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage site, we explore the medieval city with its old walled cobblestone streets. It has a current population of 400,000, obviously not all live within the old part of town. Our plans are to first find breakfast, find the local grocery to stock the kitchen and then do a free walking tour to become acquainted with the area. Found this lovely little Cafe just across the street for the most fluffy omelettes ever. They were served with a light spring/summer green salad and no bread....

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Sep 2, 2017 - Off to Estonia

Today we leave for Tallinn but our flight is not until 6:00 p.m. So we checked out of our hotel, stored our luggage and headed for Central Park. It is a gorgeous day and we had a nice leisurely walk to the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain Overlook and over to Strawberry Fields to see the Imagine mosaic, a couple of my favorite places. We found a nice Italian cafe for a late lunch and split a beet and goat cheese salad and proscuitto and mozzarella panino. Both the food and the service was excellent. We think there was more staff than...

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Aug 24, 2017 - Tallinn, Estonia

I arrived to my apartment in Tallinn and it was truly a soviet era building - the apartment could be used in any russian spy movie. I thought the KGB may come hustling up the stairway at any moment and I would be stuffed into a secret compartment behind a bookshelf. I inquired of my host whether the salon next door would be a good place to get a manicure and she said the women who work there only speak Russian and the one time she went in there to ask about a haircut she got yelled at so bad for coming in without an appointment she started...

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