Day 3: Tallinn

Our 22 day global train passes began working today so we took the Viking Line ferry to Tallinn, Estonia. It turns out it’s cheaper to buy two single tickets than use your 50% off on a return ticket though, so it was about 20 euro each to get the 11.30am ferry there, and the 18.00pm ferry back. Today was a great day for cuppa soup in a flask, as we sat on the top deck, drinking to keep warm, looking out at the infinite ice. We also bought some cheap cans of alcohol from the onboard shop, as it seems that many people used the trip as a bit of a booze cruise, stocking up on litres of duty-free alcohol. The cans of gin were excellent, and only 2.50 euro each! Worth buying in bulk for sure.

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The ferry took 2 hours each way which meant we had around 4 hours in Tallinn, but that was plenty of time. It’s the most beautiful place we’ve seen so far and not a lot can top it’s significance, so if you were planning to go for a day trip yourself, I would recommend leaving it until last, otherwise nothing will live up to it. We may have seen the whole town in those 4 hours but I still wish we could have stayed there for days; every corner you turned was as breath-taking as the last.

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In the centre of town was a beautiful outdoor market full of knitwear. My friends spent a while looking for some mittens, but I kept my distance as Tallinn turned out to be the kind of place where people tried to lure you into their shops and buy their things, and I didn’t feel comfortable with that, especially when I didn’t have any budget set aside for such personal treats!

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The best part about Tallinn was undoubtedly ,the beautiful architecture, and the different colours of the streets.

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There were many fantastic buildings.

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The Russian style cathedral, especially, was stunning. Unfortunately we couldn’t take any photos of the inside, but the walls were high and filled with gold, and it really made you think for a few seconds that you were in Moscow.

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The walk back was pretty as the sun started to set, it was the first time we had seen real sky that was white from fog and snow.

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On the return ferry, we found some seats in one of the pubs, where we witnessed some Finnish cruise karaoke and ballroom dancing. It was bizarre, like a really weird, foreign dream, so it wasn’t long before we found somewhere quieter to sit, drink tea, and play cards.

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