ESTONIA 2016

ESTONIA 2016
ESTONIA 2016
ESTONIA 2016
ESTONIA 2016
ESTONIA 2016
ESTONIA 2016
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ESTONIA 2016
ESTONIA 2016
ESTONIA 2016
ESTONIA 2016
ESTONIA 2016
ESTONIA 2016
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ESTONIA 2016
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ESTONIA 2016
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ESTONIA 2016
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ESTONIA 2016
ESTONIA 2016
ESTONIA 2016
Ah, Tallinn. Quite possibly my favorite capital of the Baltic countries. And how fitting to save the best for last before we enter Scandinavian territory!

There's something about Tallinn's Old Town. Numerous cobblestone streets and great restaurant choices and random statues peppered all over. A stunning church here and there. With an unmistakable hint of medieval times. Must be the partial fortress wall. Even boasting one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe. But the highlight of Old Town is a few minutes walk up an incline, passing various non-descript buildings, to get to not one but two stunning viewpoints of Old Town's orange rooftops. As well as the rest of the very modern city, as far as the eye can see. You'll also find a seagull or two craving photo ops up there. All posing and conveniently looking straight into the camera. With that said, I've never seen so many people take selfies with the feather creature! These birds! They be loving the attention!

So, yes. It's been a joy exploring the nooks and crannies of Old Town!

Just outside Old Town is Kalamaja. The hipster part of Tallinn and quite honestly a refreshing break from everything Old Town. I freaking love Kalamaja! And I'll tell you why. I've seen some hipster parts of various cities around the world. Heck, I live in one! But this particular one, in little ol' Estonia, is like an explosion of organized creativity in a one block radius. Everywhere you turn is a nod towards the unconventional, the weird, the laidback. The imperfect, the alternative, the grit. Ease of walkability is awesome here and great affordable culinary finds to top things off. Can't get more accessible than that! Also not overrun by tourists, so that's nice.

While Riga is every traveler's favorite, it seems, that's not the case for this traveler. I'm utterly smittened by the big personality of Old Town - the equally big personality of hipster Kalamaja sealed the deal for me!

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When: July 2016
Temp: 68-70F
Cities: Tallinn
Stay: United Backpackers Hostel. 14.50EUR/night for a 6 bed dorm.
Recommend: Free Walking Tour, Old Town, City Center, Kalamaja.


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