After a necessary break for lunch we carried on wandering around the city, bumping right into the happy chimney sweeper statue, which we hugged for good luck and took some shots of before leaving him be and get on with our exploration of the city. We realized we were in need of coffee and Catherine was in dire need of a sweet dessert as well, therefore, as we came across a pretty looking cafe, we entered the place, ordering our usual cold coffees – Estonian style on this one, and a dessert, which contributed to Catherine’s happiness.
Having that taken care of, it was Catherine’s turn to make a small stop for purchasing some accessories, before continuing our walk away from the town’s center and into an area called Kadriorg, where many attractions are to be found. That was a pleasant break from Tallin’s Medieval atmosphere as we found ourselves walking through more modern buildings and Kadriorg had more of a 19th early 20th century scent.
Our first impression of the place was pretty pleasant since the park emanated a much needed to us sense of relaxation. After walking around the busy Medieval center’s alleys for hours, it was imperative that we loosen up for a while. The site was ornamented with some impressive artwork and we liked the swan pond that was harmonically adorned with pieces of modern art that maintained the thin balance between old and new.
The main building was also impressive and we had fun as we thought the name stood for Catherine’s palace (it actually stands for Catherine’s valley). Then we had some more laughs since we came across the presidential residence and we conceived of a master heist, that was pretend to be the Italian prime minister and Italy’s first lady and crash into the place for a while eating and drinking. We laughed our hearts out speaking Greek in a comic Italian accent occasionally for the following days and we left the place still joyful and ever jubilant hanged around the park for some time before eventually dragging our steps back to our hotel, that stood midway through Kadriorg and the old city for a small break.
After this refreshing and brief stop, we returned to the city inside the walls and near Katarina kaik, we stumbled upon a small workshop, that was open to visitors and it seemed as if it was situated inside an ancient church building. I have to say that this was the best experience we had regarding Tallinn’s past. The artist seemed devoted to his craft and we were able to explore the candlelit basement admiring the paintings and the decoration. We felt obliged to buy a little something as a small token of supporting this work and – had our budget been a little more elevated, we would definitely purchase more.
We continued our walk for a while, until we decided to make another small stop for a bite and a beer and then we approached one of the carts that sold almonds in order to try that snack. We only regretted that we hadn’t made our move sooner. Those are probably the best almonds we’ve tasted and they seemed to be a mix of roasted almonds alongside sugar and cinnamon (?). We also hanged around a medieval store for a while, making some more purchases before venturing onto DM baar, which was empty at the time since it was too early in the evening.
The place was established by a devoted fan of Depeche Mode and a couple of years after the opening, some members of the band visited the place to party, thus adding their some of their fame to the place. We liked the place, all the drinks are named after the band’s songs (Blue dress and Personal Jesus were the drinks we had), the decoration is about the band and the music is, yeah you guessed it – Depeche Mode’s greatest hits (which is all of them).
Well, that was fun but after a while we decided to leave. We walked around for a while and we felt the need to see some more places, but we felt as if we had run out of options. Everything seemed as if we had been seeing them since forever and we got bored. It looked as if that was all about Tallinn (although that is not the case) and our guess is that we got tired by the Medieval fair atmosphere of the old city and the drunk people that began to make their presence noticeable (one of them was even carrying a sign claiming he needed money for beer and although we thought it was a poor beggar’s trick, that was not the case). Still, we would gladly visit Tallinn once more, only this time we would focus mostly on places like the open air museum and Pirita convent and also on the pretty Estonian countryside. For the first time in days, we returned to our hotel refreshed and we were eager to carry on with our journey, exploring Riga and nearby Jurmala…