UP CLOSE WITH HISTORY
Tallinn is Estonia’s cultural hub and retains its walled, cobblestoned Old Town. The home to cafes and shops, as well a 15th-century defensive tower. The city was known as Reval from the 13th century until 1918 then again during the Nazi occupation of Estonia during World War II.
About a third of Estonia’s total population lives in Tallinn where its towering Town Hall is among the Baltic region’s oldest.
For several weeks each winter Tallinn’s Town Hall Square is filled with an elaborate Christmas Market where visitors can buy gifts, listen to concerts, visit with Santa or drink hot, spiced wine.
On our visit, the space served as a great place to linger, with people watching a major activity.
Interestingly, The Estonian Song and Dance Celebration is held in Tallinn every five years. That event assembles one of the world’s largest choirs as up to 30,000 singers typically take part. Later in our Azamara Club Cruises voyage, we will be on hand for another ‘every five years’ event; Sail Amsterdam.
Bucket lists feature places, actions and events we would like to experience in our lifetimes. The world of cruise vacations has enabled us to hit many of those items in an easy, affordable way.
Destination-focused Azamara Club Cruises is especially efficient at helping with that effort, rarely repeating itineraries and visiting places that often satisfy more than one item at a time. Still, there are some places so enjoyable that we would like to return another day and stay a bit longer than even Azamara enables.
Tallinn, Estonia is one of those places. Our visit took most of the day and added up to a lot of Fitbit steps by the time it was over. Before visiting, I wondered if being in port from 9AM to 9PM might be too much time. That notion quickly faded away, replaced by a feeling of ‘I sure am glad we’re not on one of the other ships that were in port that day’, shared by our fellow Azamara travelers.
Just joining us? Catch up here, a number of ways:
Individual Day Posts During Sailing– day by day, in the order written
- Travel Day Before Our Azamara Cruise
- Getting Off On An Even Better Foot
- An Azamara Tour Of Stockholm
- A Day In Helsinki
- First Impressions Of Russia: No Surprises, Plenty Of Intrigue
- Second Impressions of Russia: Azamazing
- Connecting, Russia And Chocolate Bars
- A Lovely Day In Estonia With Azamara Club Cruises
Pinterest Photo Boards – one for each port and more
- We Stayed Longer In Tallinn, Estonia
- St. Petersburg Russia At Night
- St Petersburg On A Wonderful, Sunny Day
- St Petersburg First Impressions: About What We Expected Actually
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Stockholm Arlanda Airport
- Azamara Quest Culinary
- Helsinki, Finland
- Azamara Quest In The Baltics
Flickr Photo Albums- all our photos for each place, free to use
- Two Days In Stockholm
- Stockholm Arlanda Airport
- Azamara Quest Culinary Creations
- Scenic Cruising From Stockholm
- Azamara Quest Laundry Room
- Baltic Sunsets Seen From The Deck Of Azamara Quest
- St Petersburg, Russia: As We Imagined It
Facebook Photo Albums
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