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What would Lenin say now?

Our journey from Tampere in Finland to Vilnius in Lithuania followed the journey of the Soviet Union, from the early plans for revolution to its grim consequences Lenin first met Stalin in 1905 in the Tampere Workers’ Hall in Finland, the same building which now holds one of the world’s few remaining museums dedicated to the […]

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Estonia Week on 501 Places – reflections from the departure gate

After five days in Tallinn, we are on our way home. It’s been a busy yet relaxing week, and I will leave Estonia with many happy memories (and a few pounds heavier too!) This morning we saw a little more of the Old Town and noticed how much more activity there was as the weekend […]

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Estonia Week on 501 Places No.5: Lahemaa National Park, and what I don’t get about Estonian tourism

It’s hard to beat a whole day spent surrounded by beautiful and varied landscapes, finding some great short hikes to do, and hardly meeting another person for the whole time in the park. We had set off from Tallinn in our rental car (very expensive compared to UK/US prices: around £55 for the smallest car). […]

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Estonia Week on 501 Places No.4: A proper look at Tallinn

We finally dedicated a full day to see Tallinn today, and use our Tallinn Cards (24 hours of included sights and activities within Tallinn). Having stayed in the city, we have been waiting for the right day to visit. On Monday many of the museums are closed, and on Tuesday we had ventured out to […]

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Estonia Week on 501 Places No.3: A trip to Haapsalu and an old man’s memories

Our third night in Tallinn, and we are yet to explore the Old City in daylight! That is the plan for tomorrow, but today we took the chance to venture out of town, 100km out to be precise, to a small coastal spa town of Haapsalu. Once we finally found the right bus station (how […]

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Estonia Week on 501 Places – The beach off-season, and a Russian feast

Everything in Tallinn is close; most things are certainly within walking distance. This is a view from Pirita Beach, apparently popular in the summer but today almost deserted, looking back towards the Old Town, little over an hour’s walk away. Having learned that most museums in Tallinn are closed on Mondays, we decided to take […]

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Estonia Week on 501 Places – Finding our bearings, and a plate of pigs’ ears

One of the nice things of writing on the road is that you can capture your feelings, your impressions and your experiences as they happen. They are not altered by subsequent events; events which may confirm, contradict or deem irrelevant that which you noted at the time. Arriving in Tallinn, my initial impressions were a […]

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