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Buses, Old Town and Pancakes

Capacious and tasty pancakes from Tallinn Old Town

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Riga, Latvia – Tallinn, Estonia

After an exciting final day in Riga, today we leave one exciting Baltic capital for a promised other.

With no scheduled train services between Riga and Tallinn we travel by bus the four hours north. The pleasant trip passes quickly, with large swathes of pine forest and arable farming land passing us by, throughout our journey. Whilst the landscape is flat and repetitive it does offer us a brief insight into village and rural life. With this being a most northerly destination we can expect light filled evenings, changeable weather and plenty of heartwarming, carbohydrate intense food.

Passing yet another national border without any passport formalities still feels a little strange, after our previous four months of travel. Yet, with all the countries we have visited so far, on this trip, being members of the European Union they are not required. Indeed in January 2011 Estonia adopted the Euro – which makes calculating the costs of our purchases easier but more expensive!

En route we stop briefly in Pärnu. Located on the edge of the Baltic Sea it is Estonia’s main seaside resort. From the little we saw it appeared a pleasant spot for a brief sojourn. However, for us, the break was all too short and we are soon heading north, once again.

Lower and Upper Town

Lower and Upper Town

Approaching Tallinn through modern suburbs the dreamy spires of Old Town appear coy, imparting their beauty only as we approach what remains of the medieval walls of the City. Abruptly we recognize many of the architectural styles that we have seen previously in both Vilnius and Riga. Yet, Tallinn does not disappoint for its Old Town is expansive and fairytale like – a UNESCO World Heritage site to rival any of those we have seen previously on this trip.

Old Town and Norman Tower

Old Town and Norman Tower

After our journey a brief walk around Old Town is prescribed. After spending the last four days familiarizing ourselves with the sights of Riga we are once again novices, with a new City to explore and uncover. Again, with four nights in what appears a delightful city we feel no urgency to explore ever last detail of the city, today. Wondering without goal or expectation we absorb new winding cobble streets, copper green spires and the remaining towers of the medieval walls.

Gate to Upper Town

Gate to Upper Town

As is sometimes the case good fortune continues with the random selection of an excellent pancake house, for supper. A stalwart of Estonia cuisine we are subsequently told that the pancakes at Kompressor are the best in the city. Tasty and capacious our dinner plate sized pancakes are stuffed with smoked trout and mushrooms with blue cheese, respectively. Our hunger is surprising. With supper warranting a further meander through Old Town we head to Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square) before finally retiring for the night, ready for another days exploration, tomorrow.

Local pancakes

Local pancakes

The local beer - A Le Coq

The local beer - A Le Coq

Posted by jamesh1066 12:05 Archived in Estonia Tagged bus town world heritage old unesco site tallinn pancakes

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