Яussia* (Day 4, Part 2)

May 30

Tallinn

[Continuing our trek, going down, down to Lower Town . . . ]

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[Don’t look if you’re acrophobic . . . ]

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[About midway down, there’s this door . . . ]

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[A stairway gate between Upper and Lower Towns . . . ]

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[Looking back up at whence we started . . . ]

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[Still trending downward . . . ]

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[St. Nicholas . . . ]

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[And bottom in Lower Town . . . ]

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[Unique public transportation (which we will partake of later) . . . ]

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[Apartments . . . ]

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[Ahhhh, my favorite kind of street – just follow your nose . . . ]

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[Well, preferably wines . . . ]

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[An Estonian toast?]

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[Now we’re getting down to where the action is . . . ]

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[Coming to you live from Town Hall Square, Old Town, the celebration of summer festival. Live music and dancing and general frivolity . . . ]

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[Our guide is releasing us to our own devices, just don’t get in any trouble!]

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[A “wine library” is a “wine library” anywhere in the world . . . ]

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[Our group, with advice from our guide, begins looking for fine luncheon dining . . . ]

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[Well, I think we’ll want to stay where the action is . . . ]

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[There were an amazing number of performers and performances over this multi-day event . . . ]

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[We’ll meet up again in a couple of hours . . . ]

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[Remember, we’re 1D . . . ]

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[The Super ponders lunch places . . . ]

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[Looks fun?]

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[But let’s stay out on the square so we can watch the goings on . . . ]

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[OK, we’ll take this table – decent view of the stage . . . ]

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[The Super plots our plot . . . ]

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[Oh boy, pizza pie!!!]

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[The Estonian national dish – well, at least for our purposes . . . ]

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[Unfortunately, the camera auto-focused on the blanket . . . ]

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[When I was trying to capture the “fun brunette” at the neighboring restaurant . . . ]

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[Will you take our picture?]

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[OK, it’s a selfie . . . ]

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[When activities cease on the stage, the square seems to empty in a hurry . . . ]

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[Remember the public transportation?  That’s what we’re riding when I took the following shots . . . ]

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[Hanging a left here . . . ]

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[Bunch o’ flags . . . ]

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[Here’s the theatre . . . ]

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[Hanging a right here . . . ]

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[A lovely tree-lined street . . . ]

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[Fortress wall . . . ]

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[With turrets . . . ]

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[“No meat!”]

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[“Probably the best steaks in town!”]

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[I hope you don’t think the capital of Georgia is Atlanta?]

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[Finishing our train ride back at the main square . . . ]

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[A couple shots for the DOM . . . ]

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[Puhkaja, by Tauno Kangro, which means holidaymaker in Estonian.]

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[Last photo in Tallinn . . . ]

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[Arrived back in Helsinki to Bad Bad Boy . . . ]

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[By Tommi Toija, in Market Square . . . ]

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[And sights on the way . . . ]

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[Back to the hotel . . . ]

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[Off to Russia in the morning.]

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For us in Russia, communism is a dead dog, while, for many people in the West, it is still a living lion.  ~  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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