I’ve arrived in Tallinn! Olen Tallinnas!

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After a rather eventful journey from Newcastle via Paris CDG (whose bright idea was it to put a piano in the departure lounge for people to play? It just got plinked on by bored children) I am now ensconced in my hotel room.

I decided to get a taxi from the airport into town as my 16 year old map of the city in my head is a bit faded. As we drove in things looked very different. There are a number of big new buildings that give more the impression of a city. In this picture are two memorable sights and one new one:

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Note that these pictures were taken at 10.45pm! It’s the time of the famous midsummer ‘light nights’.

My hotel is on Pikk Street in the old town. I am currently re-reading the Harry Potter books and I couldn’t help but have the feeling that I’m staying in Tallinn’s equivalent of the Leaky Cauldron. I had to go down a steep staircase (that felt like a cellar staircase) at the bottom of which was a closed door. This is what greeted me on the other side:

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Then I had to make my way down a couple of low ceilinged corridors :

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And I found my little room. There is not room to swing a kass (Estonian for cat)!

Cosy is an understatement but as I said to my husband – very ‘me’ actually!

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Quirky eh?

Still, since my plane touched down I’ve had access to good, free WiFi which reminds me of how technologically savvy the Estonians are. 16 years ago when I was here you could buy a coke from a vending machine using your phone!

Roll on the adventure tomorrow!

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