Tallinn is a charming city on the Gulf of Finland. It is a walled city full of cobblestone streets and tiled roofs. The Old Town is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
We started the day with a tour by bus. But the most interesting part was the walking tour of the old town. It is divided into two parts, upper and lower. Our tour guide was little, but quick and she soon left a few people straggling far behind. She was very emotional when she told us the day she and her mother stood and watched the Estonian flag raised in 1991, when Estonia regained its independence. Not hard to understand when you learn of all the countries that controlled Estonia over the years: Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Nazi Germany…
Saint Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Church (under renovation)
The Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin was a German Church and that is easy to see from all the coats of arms that cover the walls.
We ate at a “medieval” restaurant for lunch and shared a bowl of reindeer stew. No utensils were to be found.
Right next door was the town square tower. We hiked to the top and amazingly made it back down. The stairs were incredibly steep, narrow and tall. I am sure they would never be able to have anything like that in the US pass an inspection. The view from the top was pretty cool, though.
There are many artists selling their wares around the town and along the town walls. We bought a nice watercolor from this man.
Before we left Muskegon, I made reservations for a local restaurant I found online. It turned out to be a great decision. We had a charming waitress who told us stories about the area. We sampled local pike perch and mushroom ragout, local wine and cheese. For our entrees she suggested I try a Chardonnay. It was from Washington State, a wine I buy at the grocery store!