4 August  ~  an 80 kilometre ferry ride south from Helsinki to a different country! 

Estonia to which we had been lured by the carefully preserved Old Town which is UNESCO World Heritage listed. Tallinn's Old Town is an exceptionally complete and well-preserved medieval northern European trading city on the coast of the Baltic Sea. The city developed as a significant centre of the Hanseatic League during the major period of activity of this great trading organisation in the 13th-16th centuries.

The winding, cobbled streets of the medieval capital took us past half-hidden lanes, courtyards, Churches with spires and old merchant houses and stores.


Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - an Estonia Orthodox Church dating from the 11th century.

Undergoing repairs when we snapped this picture.



About 2 kilometres of the original city wall is still standing, making old Tallinn one of Europe's best preserved medieval towns. We enjoyed a walk along this length of wall,  and here is a picturesque view of the red tiled roofs of the old town.



Markets open every day under the shadow of the Old Town Wall


Some locals don't appreciate this nod to their former Soviet masters