Estonia

Our visit to Estonia, Tallinn and its famed Old City and the farm of our friends Viido and Heli in the south.
IMG 1839  Oneof the gates to Tallinn's Old City. IMG 1840  Old City IMG 1841  Ruth in her natural habitat: shopping. IMG 1842  Old City
IMG 1843  Old City: Walkway along he city wall. IMG 1844  Old City. An alley. IMG 1845  Doll museum, Old City. IMG 1846  Doll museum, Old City.
IMG 1847  Old City IMG 1848  Old City IMG 1849  Stained glass shop, Old City. IMG 1851  An artist's miniature schnauzer, Old City. We always show photos of miniature schnauzers!
IMG 1852  Old City IMG 1853  Ruth with two of her friends (Ruth on the right), Old City. IMG 1857  Ruth cooking, Old City. IMG 1854  Old City (Ruth sews/quilts - we always take pix of old machines.)
IMG 1855  Old City IMG 1858  Old City IMG 1860  Music machine, Old City. IMG 1862  Main square, Old City.
IMG 1869  Dragon gargoyle on Town Hall, Old City. IMG 1870  Old City IMG 1873  Old City IMG 1874  Another miniature schnauzer, and on our first day in the Old City! This one's a puppy.
IMG 1875  Old City IMG 1876  Old City IMG 1878  Dragon gargoyle and weathervane, Town Hall, Old City. IMG 1879  Dragon gargoyle, Town Hall, Old City.
IMG 1880  Old City IMG 1882  Old City IMG 1883  Old City IMG 1884  Old City
IMG 1886  Old City IMG 1887  Old City. Ruth loves goats. Even fake ones that say "I love you." IMG 1888  Old City. Oleviste Church domes. IMG 1889  Catholic church, Old City.
IMG 1891  Catholic church, Old City. IMG 1892  Catholic church, Old City. IMG 1893  Catholic church, Old City. IMG 1895  Printing press in paper craft shop, Old City.
IMG 1896  Old City IMG 1897  Old City IMG 1898  Old City IMG 1899  Old City
IMG 1900  Old City IMG 1901  Old City IMG 1902  Old City. Note the date. IMG 1903  My girlfriend, Old City.
IMG 1904  Old City IMG 1905  Old City IMG 1906  Old City IMG 1907  Old City
IMG 1909  Old City IMG 1911  Rootsi Mihkli (Russian Church), Old City. IMG 1913  Rootsi Mihkli (Russian Church), Old City. IMG 1915  Rootsi Mihkli (Russian Church), Old City.
IMG 1916  Old City IMG 1917  Estonian State House, Old City. The Estonian flag is white for snow on the ground, black for trees in winer, and blue for the sky. IMG 1918  Old City IMG 1919  Craft of making the ceramic houses, Old City.
IMG 1920  Souveneir shop window, Old City. IMG 1921  Do the math: The shops are full of this and there's only a few hand-crafters. Most must be imported copies. IMG 1922  Do the math: The shops are full of this and there's only a few hand-crafters. Most must be imported copies. IMG 1925  Old City (By now you may have guessed taht Ruth loved the doors - even without Jim Morrison - and urged me to take photos of them.)
IMG 1926  Old City IMG 1927  Old City IMG 1928  Old City IMG 1929  Old City, placque naming the builder and architect.
IMG 1931  Old City. Swiss embassy. Swiss emblem on left, Estonia's three leopard (curiously, they have manes) emblem on the right. IMG 1932  Old City IMG 1933  Old City. A pastry shop we enjoyed. The moving ferris wheel has spoon decor and teacup/saucer seats. IMG 1934  Automatic candy train in the same pastry shop, Old City.
IMG 1935  Ruth is perplexed by the varieties. IMG 1937  14th century clock (working), Old City. IMG 1939  Marzipan artist, Old City. IMG 1940  Marzipan creations.
IMG 1941  Bazzar in the old main square (a few times a week), Old City. IMG 1942  Tapestry, Old City. IMG 1943  Restaurant entranceway, Old City. IMG 1944  The Old City is loaded with shops featreing "Baltic amber". I wonder how much is genine or how one can tell.
IMG 1946  Old City IMG 1947  Old City IMG 1948  Old City IMG 1949  Old City
IMG 1950  Old City, a back street building awaits renovation. IMG 1951  Old City antiques. IMG 1952  Old City IMG 1953  Park near downtown, featuring art on the fountain pond.
IMG 1954  Park near downtown, featuring art on the fountain pond. IMG 1955  Park near downtown, featuring art on the fountain pond. The "rocks" are moored plastic, and move in the breeze. IMG 1957  Park near downtown, featuring art on the fountain pond. Leaky grass boat. IMG 1958  Park near downtown, featuring art on the fountain pond. Giant shovel.
IMG 1959  Park near downtown, featuring art on the fountain pond. IMG 1960  The fountain. IMG 1961  Park near downtown, featuring art on the fountain pond. Branches? IMG 1962  Park near downtown, featuring art on the fountain pond. Dancers in shillouette.
IMG 1968  Park near downtown, featuring art on the fountain pond. Found object welded boat. IMG 1965 IMG 1966 IMG 1969  Park near downtown, featuring art on the fountain pond. We called this "nightshirts on the clothesline."
IMG 1970  Park near downtown, featuring art on the fountain pond. Dancers that whirled in the breeze. IMG 1963  Park near downtown. IMG 1967  Park near downtown. IMG 1973  Park near downtown.
IMG 1974  Children's amusement park near the city park. IMG 1975  Children's amusement park near the city park. IMG 1977  Children's amusement park near the city park. IMG 1979  Children's amusement park near the city park.
IMG 2180  Children's amusement park near the city park. Shades of "The Prisoner". Time was up when the kid keels over from lack of oxygen. IMG 1981  Children's amusement park near the city park. IMG 1984  Children's amusement park near the city park. IMG 1985  Free childrens park plaground adjoining.
IMG 1986  Park flowers. IMG 1987  Park flowers. IMG 1988  Park flowers. IMG 1990  Park flowers.
IMG 1991  Park flowers. IMG 1992  Park flowers. IMG 1993  Park flowers. IMG 1994  Park flowers.
IMG 1996  Park flowers. IMG 1997  Park fountain. IMG 1998  Ruth with park flowers. IMG 1999  A view in the park.
IMG 2001  Park view. IMG 2002  Park flowers. IMG 2003  Park with art museum. IMG 2004
IMG 2005  Top-acheiving students await greetings at the President's residence. In the USA it would be football players, perhaps. IMG 2007  Park view with admirer. IMG 2009  Grounds and Catherine The Great's (of Russia) summer palace. IMG 2010  Catherine The Great's (of Russia) summer palace.
IMG 2011  Catherine The Great's (of Russia) summer palace. IMG 2012  Catherine The Great's (of Russia) summer palace. IMG 2013 IMG 2014  Catherine The Great's (of Russia) summer palace.
IMG 2018 IMG 2021  Crest of Catherine The Great. IMG 2022  The crests adorn every 2nd floor window. IMG 2023  In Catherine The Great's summer palace.
IMG 2024  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2026  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2027  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2028  In Catherine The Great's summer palace.
IMG 2029  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2030  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2031  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2032  In Catherine The Great's summer palace.
IMG 2033  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. The walls are not thick enough for servant passageways, so the stoves must be attended from the room. IMG 2034  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2035  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2036  In Catherine The Great's summer palace.
IMG 2037  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2038  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2039  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2040  Detail.
IMG 2041  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2042  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. The great lady herself. IMG 2043  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2044  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. Her husband, Peter.
IMG 2045  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2046  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2047  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2048  In Catherine The Great's summer palace.
IMG 2049  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. A children's corner. IMG 2050  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2052  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2053  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. "The Kiss". There's a coy at the art museum too. (Or is this the copy?)
IMG 2054  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. Eve. Note that the "apple" is a pomegrate. But she tempts me anyhow! IMG 2055  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2056  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2057  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. Cupid encouraging modesty.
IMG 2058  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2059  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2060  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2061  In Catherine The Great's summer palace.
IMG 2062  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2063  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. Modern madonna and Child. IMG 2064  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. Even in Estonia, Mary had a little lamb. IMG 2065  In Catherine The Great's summer palace.
IMG 2066  In Catherine The Great's summer palace. IMG 2067  Canal used to bring material to the summar palace. IMG 2068  Inside the Japanese Garden. Red squirrel. IMG 2071  Inside the Japanese Garden.
IMG 2072  Inside the Japanese Garden. IMG 2073  Inside the Japanese Garden. IMG 2074  Inside the Japanese Garden. IMG 2076  Inside the Japanese Garden.
IMG 2077  Inside the Japanese Garden. IMG 2079  Inside the Japanese Garden. IMG 2080  Inside the Japanese Garden. IMG 2081  Inside the Japanese Garden.
IMG 2082  Inside the Japanese Garden. IMG 2084  Inside the Japanese Garden. IMG 2086  Inside the Japanese Garden. IMG 2087  The "Seaplane Harbor Museum" had nautical exhibits of many types.
IMG 2089  Here's an ice boat. IMG 2090  I once had a dingly like this one. IMG 2091  The Lembit was one of two Estonian submarines. They were 1930's vintage and Russian-built. THe other one vanished without a trace. IMG 2092  Lembit: Conning tower, bell, emblem.
IMG 2093  torpedo tubes. IMG 2094 IMG 2095 IMG 2097
IMG 2098 IMG 2099 IMG 2100 IMG 2102  Turn the valves wrong in the wrong order and it comes back at you, under pressure!
IMG 2103  Fire! IMG 2104  Ballast valves. IMG 2105  Gyrocompass. (Not R2D2.) IMG 2106  Plotting room, bridge, control room.
IMG 2108  Galley. IMG 2109  Deisel engine. IMG 2111  Engine controls. IMG 2112  Switches for batteries.
IMG 2113  Electric motor/generator. IMG 2115  Engine order telegraph - marked in Russian. IMG 2116  Rear of conning tower. IMG 2117  Rudder, screw and dive planes.
IMG 2118  A torpedo. IMG 2119  A mine-sweeping engine. IMG 2120  Mine. Ther were many, many types. IMG 2122  Mine remote controller.
IMG 2123  Naval boats in the museum. IMG 2124  Naval boats in the museum. IMG 2125  Naval boats in the museum. IMG 2126  Naval boats in the museum. These are active duty, I believe.
IMG 2127  Naval boats in the museum. IMG 2128  Ice-breaker. I went aboard. IMG 2129  Ferry and training vessel. IMG 2132  Anti-submarine weapon.
IMG 2133  Tug. IMG 2138  Ice-breaker bridge. IMG 2140  Cruise ships across the harbor. We learned that 8,800 cruise passengers would be a"light" summer day in the Old City! I counted 5 such ships in that day. IMG 2141  Ice-breaker
IMG 2142  Ice-breaker IMG 2143  Ice-breaker IMG 2145  Ice-breaker steam pistons. Power was varied by shoosing them or using them in tandem. IMG 2146  Ice-breaker deisel auxillary and generator engine.
IMG 2147  Ice-breaker engine room. IMG 2148  Ice-breaker engine room. IMG 2150  Ice-breaker boiler. IMG 2154  Boiler compartment.
IMG 2152  Engine room. IMG 2155  Engine compartment. IMG 2159  Ice-breaker, officer country. IMG 2160  Ice-breaker, officer country.
IMG 2162  Ice-breaker, officer country. IMG 2163  Ice-breaker, officer country. IMG 2164  Ice-breaker, officer country. IMG 2165  Ice-breaker, officer country.
IMG 2166  Ice-breaker, officer country. IMG 2167  The captain had a bathtub. IMG 2168  Ice-breaker, officer country. IMG 2169  Workshop.
IMG 2174  Scourges - and economic life-blood - of the Old City. IMG 2175  Battery IMG 2176 IMG 2177
IMG 2178  Wouldn't volunteer of this duty! IMG 2179  Coming up: Visit to the Art Museum, with Viido as our guide. IMG 2182  Outside the art museum, Viido and Ruth. IMG 2183
IMG 2184  Painting of old Tallinn. IMG 2185  Also of old Tallinn. IMG 2186 IMG 2187
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IMG 2200 IMG 2201 IMG 2202 IMG 2203  Same picture seen at Catherine the Great's summer palace. Which is the copy?
IMG 2204  Moments before I snapped this ruth said to me that she saw only paintings with dogs in them, never cats. IMG 2205 IMG 2206  Soviet-era art...I call it Burce Jenner as Batman. IMG 2207  And I call this "Karma for a chicken choker".
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IMG 2212 IMG 2213 IMG 2214 IMG 2215  Modern artist's take on old Tallinn.
IMG 2216 IMG 2218 IMG 2219  Reminds me of Millet's "The Gleaners". IMG 2220  Soviet...
IMG 2221 IMG 2222 IMG 2223 IMG 2224  Lennin, Stalin...
IMG 2225 IMG 2226 IMG 2227 IMG 2228  The cult of Lenin.
IMG 2229  I photograph Ruth being photographed by Viido. IMG 2230  Some call it art. IMG 2231 IMG 2232  Makes a statement. I'm just not sure what.
IMG 2233  Monty Python and the Holy Grail? IMG 2234 IMG 2236  Peter the Great chose to summer in this cottage he built. IMG 2237
IMG 2238  Inside Peter's cottage. IMG 2239  Inside Peter's cottage. I'm reflected in the morror at the left. IMG 2240  Inside Peter's cottage. IMG 2241  Inside Peter's cottage.
IMG 2242  Inside Peter's cottage. Peter was very tall, as this custom-made chair shows. IMG 2243  Inside Peter's cottage. Portrait of his wife, Catherine. IMG 2244  Inside Peter's cottage. IMG 2245  Inside Peter's cottage.
IMG 2246  Inside Peter's cottage. IMG 2247  Inside Peter's cottage. Peter in uniform. IMG 2248  Inside Peter's cottage. IMG 2249  Inside Peter's cottage. Peter's chair was the tall one at the end.
IMG 2250  Inside Peter's cottage. IMG 2251  This lovely building was a tourist info office. IMG 2252  In a park. IMG 2316  At the farmhouse he and Heli own, Viido and I jam.
IMG 2317  At the farmhouse. IMG 2318  At the farmhouse. IMG 2319  At the farmhouse. IMG 2320  Sauna at the farmhouse.
IMG 2321  At the farmhouse. IMG 2322  Old root cellar. IMG 2323 IMG 2325
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IMG 2346 IMG 2348  Farmer. IMG 2350  Solar farm. IMG 2352
IMG 2353 IMG 2354  Solar farm control panel. IMG 2355 IMG 2356
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IMG 2366  Storks at the farm. IMG 2368  Red-capped herons at the farm. IMG 2369  Storks at the farm. IMG 2373  Take-off.
IMG 2374 IMG 2375 IMG 2376 Russian Estonian border  The Russia-Estonia border. IMG 2377  Farm sunset.
IMG 2378 IMG 2380  Lincoln logs? IMG 2381 IMG 2440  Visit to Estonia-Latvian town of Valga/Valka. This posts marks the border (Latvian side).
IMG 2441  This is the estonian side of the same post. IMG 2439  Church steeple in Valka (Latvia). They worship chickens? IMG 2442  Back in Valga (Estonia), Onion domes of a Russian Orthodox church. IMG 2447  There had been a violent thunderstorm, possible mini tornado in the reagion a day earlier.
IMG 2448 IMG 2449  Small Estonian resort. IMG 2450 IMG 2451
IMG 2452  Estonian countryside. IMG 2455  Stork nest. IMG 2456  Major river in a small, flat country. IMG 2459
IMG 2460 IMG 2461 IMG 2462 IMG 2463  One artist's countryside carving exhibit.
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IMG 2467  Ruth enjoys a bench by the artist. IMG 2470 IMG 2471  Back on Viido & Heli's farm. IMG 2473  Rix fell asleep waiting for us.
IMG 2474  We start a walk around the farm. First thing we spotted was this little guy. IMG 2475  A walk around the farm. IMG 2477  A walk around the farm. IMG 2478  A walk around the farm.
IMG 2480  A walk around the farm. IMG 2481  A walk around the farm. IMG 2482  A walk around the farm. IMG 2485  A walk around the farm.
IMG 2486  A walk around the farm. IMG 2488  A walk around the farm. IMG 2489  A walk around the farm. IMG 2490  A walk around the farm.
IMG 2491  Some colorful rocks. IMG 2492  Lord of the manor. IMG 2493  His throne. (THe farm now has indoor plumbing.) IMG 2494  A walk around the farm.
IMG 2495  Visit to a nearby farm/vineyard. The grapes grow in greenhouses.) IMG 2496  Visit to a nearby farm/vineyard. The vineyard owner's son has his roughwood furniture shop there too. IMG 2497 IMG 2498  Visit to a nearby farm/vineyard.
IMG 2499  Visit to a nearby farm/vineyard. IMG 2500 IMG 2501  Visit to a nearby farm/vineyard. IMG 2502  Visit to a nearby farm/vineyard.
IMG 2503  Visit to a nearby farm/vineyard. IMG 2504  Visit to a nearby farm/vineyard. IMG 2505  A stork keeps watch. IMG 2506  Revisiting the Old City, starting with a walk atp the old wall.
IMG 2507  In the old city. IMG 2509  View from the Town Hall tower. IMG 2510  View from the Town Hall tower. IMG 2511  View from the Town Hall tower.
IMG 2512  View from the Town Hall tower. IMG 2513  Old City IMG 2514 IMG 2515  Entrance to the naval museum in the round, squat tower once used as a prison and dubbed "Fat Margaret".
IMG 2516  Inside "Fat Margaret" IMG 2517  Inside "Fat Margaret" IMG 2518  Inside "Fat Margaret" IMG 2519  Inside "Fat Margaret"
IMG 2520  Inside "Fat Margaret" - Icebreaker model. IMG 2521  Inside "Fat Margaret" - Fresnel lighthouse lens. IMG 2522  Inside "Fat Margaret" IMG 2523  Inside "Fat Margaret" - model maker's tools.
IMG 2524  Inside "Fat Margaret" - Can you imagine the courage it took to descend in one of these? IMG 2525  Inside "Fat Margaret" IMG 2526  Inside "Fat Margaret" IMG 2527  Inside "Fat Margaret"
IMG 2528 IMG 2529  Views from roof of Inside "Fat Margaret". IMG 2531  Views from roof of Inside "Fat Margaret". IMG 2532  Estonian TV interview taking place on the Fat Margaret roof.
IMG 2533 IMG 2534 IMG 2535  Inside "Fat Margaret" a brave diver! IMG 2537  Old City decor.
IMG 2538 Batcycle  It's the Batcycle! IMG 2539  Children's marzipan decoration class. IMG 2541  He's proud! And should be. IMG 2540  Marzipan Eddie Murphy, Madonna, and Putin.
IMG 2542  Mishap: Trolley pulled the pole down. IMG 2543  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. This was a greeter in the petting zoo. IMG 2544  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2545  Visit to the Botanical Gardens.
IMG 2546  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. It's adjacent to the Tallinn TV broadcast tower. IMG 2547  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2548  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2549  Visit to the Botanical Gardens.
IMG 2550  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2551  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2552  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2553  Visit to the Botanical Gardens.
IMG 2554  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2555  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2556  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2557  Visit to the Botanical Gardens.
IMG 2558  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2559  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2560  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2561  Visit to the Botanical Gardens.
IMG 2562  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2563  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2564  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2565  Visit to the Botanical Gardens.
IMG 2566  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2568  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2569  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2570  Visit to the Botanical Gardens.
IMG 2571  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2572  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2573  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2574  Visit to the Botanical Gardens.
IMG 2575  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2576  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2577  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2578  Visit to the Botanical Gardens.
IMG 2579  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2580  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2581  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2582  Visit to the Botanical Gardens.
IMG 2584  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2585  Visit to the Botanical Gardens. IMG 2586  Ruth "crashes" in the park after the Botanical Gardens. Our farewell to Estonia.