Tallinn: the Baltic Sea (day 3)

After two days of walking around the city, my third day in Tallinn has been a little bit different. For this day I have plan to see the ruins of an ancient convent, the tv tower and enjoy some good moments at the beach.

TALLINN: THE BALTIC SEA (day 3: agust 8, 2018)

The first stop of the day was Kadriog Park. This is probably the most important park in the city for a stroll between the Swan Pond, flower beds and statues dedicated to Estonian writers. Constructed by Russian tsar Peter I in 1718 it has been redesigned more times showing the signs of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In the middle of the park there are also the Estonian Art Museum KUMU, the Kadriorg Art Museum and the Mikkeli Museum. Those are really interesting places where to spend the day, especially if the weather is not so good. On the north side of the Kadriorg park there is a Japanese garden. Like every else, this garden is characterized on contemplation, meditation and flow of nature and it relies on the philosophy of the circle of life.

 “A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”

― Victor Hugo

Just a few steps from the park there is the Russalka Memorial, a bronze monument sculpted by Amandus Adamson, erected to mark the anniversary of the sinking of the Russian warship Rusalka which sank enrooted to Finland in 1893. Here there is also a small line of sand on to the Baltic Sea. I love the sea and sand and what is more challenging than have a swim in the Baltic Sea? Cold, crystalline and cold. Did I say that it was cold? But it has been an amazing experience. Fortunately, it was a sunny day.

“If you tiptoe into cold water, you’re missing out on the rush of plunging in headfirst.”

— Simone Elkeles

After that I went to the Convent of Santa Brigida. Unfortunately, it was out of visitors in those day, so I had only the opportunity to see it from the outside of the fence. The convent was erected in 15th century and destroyed during the the Livonian War (1558–1583). Now here there is only the main facade and the surrounding walls. Just a few bus stops from the convent there is the Tallinn TV Tower. The Tallinna Teletorn is the tallest building in Tallinn and it has a viewing platform on the 21st floor at a height of 170 meters. From the top of the observation deck’s is possible to see Tallinn and the Gulf of Finland. The tower shows his 1980s Soviet feel and a restaurant is located on the observation floor. Bullet holes dating from the Soviet coup attempt of 1991 are still visible at the base of the tower.

On of the most beautiful thing of beeing in the middle of the summer in the north Europe is that there is time to do everything. I mean, you have lot of hours of sun to travel, to see historical places or eat and you have still time to do a lot more. That made my third day in Tallin really special, because after the long walk and the TV tower, I went to the Pirita Beach. I spent there something like 3 or 4 hours, enjoyng the sun, the beach and the Baltic Sea. The sunset at almost 10 p.m. for me was something special, probably one of the best moment and memories that I have of Estonia.

 “There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”

― Jo Walton


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