It’s only been Tallinn but we love Estonia already. Such a tiny state with so much history. For starters, we visited the Song Festival Ground where every 5 years as many as 30,000 performers sing to a capacity crowd. Singing is an art form dear to every Estonian. It is said that this former Soviet state sang its way to independence! No guns, no cannons, no blood shed.
The grand looking Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in the traditional style of Moscow churches, St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Olaf Cathedral – once the highest structure in the world – all compete for attention. From a viewpoint up in Toompea Hill, one traces the original city walls as well as the gothic towers of Lower Old Town.
Best of all, exploring Tallinn’s cobblestoned streets and Palace Square make for a lovely stroll. This Estonian city with its panoramic vista of red tiled roofs, Gothic spires and steeples is so picturesque.
Tallinn is my new favorite city. The Soviet influence is still there — seeping through the culture and national psyche — but Estonia holds a unique charm and character. I can live here!