Exploring Tallinn

The wind is intense.

And it got even colder here, if that’s possible.

We found a path around Toompea and admired the walls.

We then went outside of the city, across the train tracks, to a cute cafe in old train cars.

The theme of the day is hot food and drinks, like the borsch I ordered.

And the hot chocolate and mulled wine.

The we braved the insane winds and checked out the water.

And finally ended up at yet another Brewdog cafe.

While they do carry a bunch of their Scottish beers, we chose local ones in bottles. The stout selection was perfect.

I got a mint stout.

And we split a stout aged in red wine barrels.

Tallinn

Personally, I think it’s as good or better than Prague, but with almost no tourists!

Although, it was quite chilly. About 48°F and felt like 41 with the wind, ouch.

We did quite a bit of walking around the elevated portion of the old city, Toompea, and got tons of fantastic views.

We did the tunnel museum that ran through the old battlements.

Stopped for lunch at a restaurant that I think translated to “Grandma’s kitchen.”

After lunch we went back and toured Kiek in de Kök. (Low German for “peek into the kitchen”)

More views from the top of the tower:

Beer at Koht, which specializes in Belgian beers, but we chose local.

It was starting to rain again so we walked in the direction of St Olaf’s to go to Õlleteek. I love how most of their bars here are underground.

So cozy! I got a spiced stout.

Across the Baltic Sea

To possibly one of my favorite places ever, Tallinn, Estonia!

Look at that lovely view from the ferry! I was surprised how fast we moved actually, and the trip only took two hours.

After dumping our bags, we ventured out to see the city in the rain.

Checked out the longest section of the old walls built mid to late 1300s. 

A quick bite to eat: soup, herring plate, and beetroot risotto with goat cheese.

It had just stopped raining so we decided to go up to the top of St Olaf’s.

According to Wikipedia: believed to have been built in the 12th century before Denmark conquered Tallinn in 1219.

After, we walked through the old town and went to Porgu.

A view of Viru gate while we enjoyed the only sunshine of the day.