Estonia has been invaded many times in its turbulent history, and this castle, Narva Castle is just across from the Russian border.
We stopped for afternoon tea and some of the group couldn't help themselves and had to have a go on this traditional swing cum see saw.
Estonia has had singing festivals since 1869 and a "Singing Revolution " helped to achieve independence in the 1990s. They hold this festivals in this outdoor venue. There is a statue to Gustav Ernesaks, and Estonian composer and conductor.
|Outdoor singing festival venue|
|Former Olympic Village|
As in Russia many people live in apartments, a large percentage of which are now privately owned. There are a few other Soviet period buildings in Tallin, like the one below.
Tallin's medieval town consists of Toompea Hill, which is inside the remains of the medieval walls and fortifications, and the Lower town below.
A few of the features are shown below.
|Fat Margaret's Tower built in 1519 has walls 5 metres thick|
|Tall Hermann's tower is part of the city wall|
|Towers of the old city wall|
|Beware of pickpockets sign|
|Laneway leading to the Lower Town|
|The Town Hall, first built in 1322 and renovated in the 1500s|
We also visited the Outdoor Etnographic Museum with old buildings representing rural lifestyles in the past. Roofs were made of thatched reeds. They had no chimney and were very smoky inside.
Tomorrow Riga, capital of Latvia.