We started the day with an included walking tour to appreciate Tallinn's history and beauty. The Old Town, now on the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites, is certainly the most interesting part of the city. Also worth noting are the Hanseatic Merchant Houses, the mile long town wall, the medieval Town Hall and the Brotherhood of the Blackheads. Snady, Martin, Dolly, Pete and I left our tour group at the town hall and walked to Stockmans which is a large department store. We had coffee while Sandy and Dolly did some shopping. I asked for a large skinny cappucino and got what I would call a baby chino. We hadn't had a decent coffee for around 4 weeks.
After lunch we walked back to Vana Viru which is part of the medieval wall of Old Town and met up with our Tour Group for an optional tour of Kadriorg Park and Palace. Kadriorg Palace is one of the most beautiful examples of baroque style in Tallinn. When Peter the Great ordered a palace built in 1718, he knew he would spend time there only on rare visits and in fact, stayed only once before his death in 1725. The manicured gardens are a humbling example of Tsarist extravagance.
We left the park and continued on our coach along Finish Bay to visit St Bridget's Convent which was founded in 1407 by the Bridgetine order. The convent crumbled in a siege by Ivan the Terrible in 1577 and its stones were later carted off to construction projects throughout Tallinn. What remains today are the towering Gothic gable and walls of the main hall as well as some surrounding foundations and cellars.
We left here and visited the Sound Dome and the Olympic Sailing Area. In 1980 Tallinn was the scene of the Sailing Regatta of the Moscow Olympic Games. The opening of the event was timed with the inauguration of the Pirita Yachting Centre. From here we had magnificent views of Tallinns skyline across the sea.
We went back to our hotel for dinner for a sit down meal and it was awful. Aspargus Soup, Boiled Chicked and vegies and a dry piece of cake.
Early night, Russia tomorrow ....................