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Day 7 Helsinki to St Petetsburg Photos

Overnight ferry to Russia

sunny 21 °C

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Posted by KateThatcher 15:01 Archived in Finland Comments (0)

Day 7 Tallinn to Helsinki Diary

Finland and Russia, here we come!

sunny 25 °C

Hey blog followers!

All last night, torrential rain. This morning more torrential rain! We watched helplessly as the streets turned into rivers. The police had to cordon off some streets as they had become too dangerous to drive through. No way would we have been able to walk the 10 minutes to the ferry terminal, so we had to get yet another extortionate taxi. Others weren't so fortunate and the terminal was full of soggy tourists! In the ladies toilet, an old woman stood in her underwear trying to dry her trousers under the hand dryer. It was a good day to leave!

We boarded the ferry and found a comfy spot next to the bar and with a great view through the massive window at the front of the ship! The boat was very modern and well designed for comfort and entertainment. We had a couple of beers to celebrate and the journey was over before we knew it!

Arrived in Helsinki to glorious sunshine - hooray! We jumped a bus to the centre where it didn't take Katie long to figure out a route by tram to the other ferry terminal. Quite expensive in Finland! Eventually arrived at the Princess Maria ship, checked in and dumped our bags. Went for a pretty expensive, but delicious meal in a nouveau Spanish restaurant. The quayside is beautiful, bustling with people and very colourful with its fresh produce market, flowers and outdoor cafes. Sadly we didn't have time to see anything, but would love to return sometime to see the sights.

Very excited as we boarded our ship bound for Russia. I got stopped at the baggage check point and asked by Russian border control if i had an iron in my cade. We laughed assuming this was a joke as my bag was alot heavier than Katies. They were in fact being serious, and i had to empty my case to prove i wasn't smuggling electrical goods! Quite scary!

Posted by KateThatcher 11:24 Archived in Finland Comments (0)

Day 7 Tallinn to Helsinki Photos

Boat trip to Finland!

rain 18 °C

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Posted by KateThatcher 03:31 Archived in Estonia Comments (0)

Day 7 Tallinn Photos

Last day in Estonia!

rain 18 °C

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Posted by KateThatcher 18:21 Archived in Estonia Comments (0)

Day 6 Tallinn Diary

Day out in Kadriorg

rain 24 °C

Hello,
We took a tram to Kadriorg. Katie worked her magic again with the transport! Kadriorg is a big park surrounding one of the palaces built by Peter the Great. It has been used as the residence of the Estonian president but is now an art museum. Many of the rooms had some kind of heating system made from ceramic tiles but there was no infomration about them. Does anyone know what they are called and how they work? See photos.

Walked through the park and spotted an interesting monument. When we got close we discovered it was dedicated to Russian sailors lost at sea at the end of the 19th century. Very grand.

We went for a walk on the beach and decicded to follow the coast road back to the hotel less than a mile away. Very wet by the time we got back. Dried off and went for siesta.

Now going for a last swim and pint in the pool! Finland tomorrow!

Blog again soon!

Posted by KateThatcher 08:15 Archived in Estonia Comments (1)

Day 6 Tallinn Photos

Day out in Kadriorg

rain 23 °C

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Posted by KateThatcher 04:41 Archived in Estonia Comments (1)

Tallinn Night 5 Photos

Night out at Medival Restaurant, Peppersack

semi-overcast 21 °C

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Posted by KateThatcher 21:21 Archived in Estonia Comments (1)

Night 5 Tallinn Diary

Meal out at The PepperSack

overcast 20 °C

Hi,
We were a bit footsore after lots of walking all day so we decided to take a taxi from outside the hotel the short hop to Tallin Old Town. Didn├Ąt realise taxis are a real luxury here and it cost us 18 euros!!!! Katie tried to complain to the driver but he was pretty nonchalant. Grrrrrr! Very cross!

The Pepper Sack has national monument stats, like a listed building. It was really like going back in time. The staff were in medeival costumes and food served on wooden plates etc. At about 8.30 we were treated to a mini pageant as actors played out a drama which included a sword fight with real swords. Great fun.

I had borsch to start which was yummy but very filling. A meal in itself. Katie had cream of smoked cheeese soup! We both had pork fillet with mushroom sauce, roast potatoes, saurkraut and salad, )its Kate typing now!) Mum crapped out and couldnt eat hers, I finished all mine. Could barely move afterwards!

Walked back to the hotel for a nightcap!

Awesome night out!

Posted by KateThatcher 15:06 Archived in Estonia Comments (0)

Day 5 Tallinn Photos

Day out in Pirita

sunny 27 °C

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Posted by KateThatcher 11:21 Archived in Estonia Comments (1)

Day 5 Tallinn Photos

Before and After pics of Facial Treatments

semi-overcast 25 °C

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Posted by KateThatcher 11:16 Archived in Estonia Comments (0)

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