Today we visited Toompark. It's the park just next to Old Town and Toompea castle (there is Estonian covernment). As you can see there is pond on the map - Shnelli pond, it use to be moat (a very long time ago), but were made to pond in 19th century. On the bottom you see grey tower - that's Pika Hermanni torn - Long Hermans Tower. That's the place where Estonian flag rises every morning.
So there's the Long Hermann Tower. Pretty big, and the walls seem to be still quit strong. The first part of that tower was built in 1360-1370. It was finished as it finally is on 16th century. The tower is 45m high. EStonian flag (blue-black-white), was pulled up there first time on 12th nov 1918. After that these was other flag for a long time but now it's wright flag again.
Seems that autumn didn't have enough od time to leave before the snow arrived. So we are enjoying 2 in 1.
So this is a Shnelli pond. Up there is citadel and the Long Hermann tower. Between pond and citadel is a stadium.
Look what we found! It's lumimari/snowberry (translated from word to word). It's nice bush with white berries. But don't eat them! They are poisonous.
In the park is one statue - Vacationer. It's intresting since it's not whole stattue - it's combined with the land.
And that's the other end of the pond. There's a lot of ducks on that pond too. Since they have got use to been feeded, they are nor affaid of the people. So this was the other side of the Old Town. We go and check out more soon.
Can you belive it? You saw the pictures taken yesterday, today - there
is 5 cm snow! This year's first snow! Yey can't get enough, we keep
playing in it. Probably need hot tea later. Soon we go and see more
about Old Town.
Yesterday we visited the seaside on
Tallinn. We climbed to the top of the Linnahall (big hall tha was used
for concerts and other big events before they built Saku Suurhall).
Since it was very cloudy, we didn't get good pic of the sea this time.
Did you know that EStonia is surrounded with sea from 2 sides? As small
country than it is - they do have a lot of water. Estonia locates the
side of Baltic sea. The water in that sea isn't actually very salty -
less than should be to be usual sea. So here we are, looking at the sea.
Behind us is Old Town. The treasure of
Estonia. They have tryed to keep it as it was (but it's still changed
much during the time). The city was surrounded with big stone wall that
is pretty good stayed there (party ruined during the wars). The big
tower behind ud use to be a cannon tower. It's the closest one to the
sea, so when there was a threat - that's where they fired. Now it is a
Marine Museum and has a name Paks Marhareeta (Fat Margareeta). There are
some memorial tablets for the soldiers that hafe fight with estonians
in the war.
That's the road that brings us to Old
Town, to Seaside Gate. Like we sayd before - there's a lot of forrest in
Estonia - even in town.
Almost in Old Town, the signs help us to orientate.
Seaside gate to the Old Town. Beautyfuk isn't it? Left side is Paks
Margareeta. As you can see the road are made of stones, not from
asphalt. The Paks Margareta was built in 1518-1529. It got it's name in
1842, before that it was called Rosencrantz. That ended ended the city
Toay we had traditional soup for dinner - peasoup. Little strange for us but intresting. Other traditional soup is cabbagesoup. They both have meat in them so men like us were full after eating. Afcourse they do many others too. When it's christmas time - they eat potatos, meat and bloodysausage. What's that you ask? For that you need to visit Estonia in December, they kindly offer that to you. And it tast much better than it sounds.
The other night we were driving in Lasnamäe kanal. This is long street in Tallinn that is long and you can drive faster there 'cause its' really big. It is made into the stone. As you can see our rightside - there it is! All natural stone. Sorry for the foggy picture, we were driving at the time, you part there only if you just had an accident - no room to do it otherwise.
Hey there we just
arrived to Estonia, it's autumn here. So leaves are everywhere but the
grass is still green. It was pretty warm day for autumn when we arrived,
strange but it was only 8°C. Strange!
And now we are enjoying the leaves! Yey!
These are views from out host home. She lives in Tallinn - capital of
Estonia. That part of town is called Mustamäe (to translate directly it
would be something like blackhill). As you see there are lot of trees,
it afcourse depends on the place but there are still lot of woods in
Estonia. And they are very proud of it. Thanks to that they have enough
of bears, wolves, foxes and other animals who needs forrest to live in.
But still they can't take town too many trees - it will ruin the
Our welcoming was very warm as you can see :-) Our host has a cat an so do many other people. About half the people our host knows (and maybe even more) have pets.
Now we are on a balcony - behind us is Männipark (Pinepark). There atr
many playgrounds for kids. Every playground is for different ages. It is
pretty popluar park - people are coming here with cars and busses. Our
host just needs to go across the street. This park is mainly for kids.
There are lots of different parks in Estonia, hope we'll see some more.
Now we are leaving Stendal again. We start our nex adventure from "Heidis Laden" our favored postoffice in Stendal! Our next trip will go to Estonia! We are excited and happy to visit our nex host in Tallinn the capital of Estonia.