The day after St Petersburg we arrived in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. After an early lunch on board Ocean Majesty we took the shuttle bus to the edge of the old town. Not far from the bus stop we came to a craft market where good quality merchandise was on sale, including clothing and jewellery. I almost felt sorry for one of the very helpful stallholders after she had taken the trouble to demonstrate her wares in such a helpful way, only to be told that we would return later. I wonder how many times she hears that each week from people who are never seen again. But we meant it. We called again on our way back to the bus later on to make our purchases.
Meanwhile we had walked up through the old town until we reached the highest vantage point. We passed a very colourful flower market and another street which contained large covered areas with tables and chairs at which people were finishing their lunches and enjoying their drinks. It was a fine day and a good time to be outdoors. We visited a few shops, climbed some very steep steps and, eventually, arrived at a high vantage point that overlooked much of the old city.
Shortly before we arrived there a wedding party with the same idea dashed past in a small group of cars with horns blaring. When we caught up with them they were engaged in a strange but apparently humorous ritual, seemingly being conducted by a weird character dressed like a very colourful scarecrow. We assumed that the actual wedding had taken place already and that this was some sort of local custom being played out afterwards. We didn’t intrude at the time other than to take a photo or two so we are no wiser.
We cast off from Tallinn at 6.00pm while we were heading for an early dinner. We both found ourselves with greatly enhanced appetites on this cruise. which were only encouraged by the excellent food in generous quantities. I am sure that the freedom from both cooking and washing up helped as well.
Our visit to Tallinn, about which more details are on Granny-Anne’s blog, was too short for us to see very much but it was most enjoyable and we would certainly go again should the opportunity arise.