841. Tallinn Part 1 | Around the Old Town

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Now we are already at the end of our time in Tallinn, Estonia. We've been here for a month already and I'm only doing the first post from here now. I mentioned previously that I've applied for an extension to stay here longer (since my "visa-free" time in Schengen is ending) but they didn't get back to me yet. So I'm still unsure how the outcome of that will be. This weekend we will be going to Paris for a quick trip which will be the rest of my allowed days in Schengen..I'm sad we can only go for a few days (since it is my favourite city) but I guess I should be grateful to even go lol. Should have planned this out better.

I'm also sad to be leaving Tallinn. Even if my visa gets approved and we do end up coming back, I will miss the place we are staying because it's literally the perfect location and we have a lot of favourite daily spots that we go to. Tallinn is a very nice city to live but if you're coming just for the sake of tourism and sightseeing, there isn't much. A day would be enough if you're just coming for a visit. It's a fairly inexpensive place with prices between western and eastern European costs, the food is really good and there's cozy cafes which is important if you work online (like us). It feels like a mix between Scandinavian countries and Russia. There's also a nice mix of old and new architecture. So overall it is a pretty comfortable place. The only thing I don't like is that it gets dark at 4pm and it's pretty cold already.

During the month we were here I also wanted to do short trips to Riga (Latvia) and also Helsinki (Finland) since they are only a few hours away but due to rising COVID cases (and a lockdown in Latvia), we were not able to go. I would've reeeeally loved to visit St. Petersburg (Russia) again but I think the country is also closed now and I would've had to apply for a visa. The time here flew by really fast though. I have a few posts lined up for Tallinn. Here are some random photos from around the old town and our frequently visited spots.

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Our belated 4-year anniversary dinner was at Tchaikovsky Restaurant. It was really good and I loved the restaurant decor. We had a tasting menu.

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One of our favourite cafes that we now go to everyday (for a few hours to work/read) is Boheem. It's set in a large house with about 7 different rooms. It's really cozy here and I love this style. I wonder why there are not more "house style" cafes/restaurants in Toronto. I would definitely go lol.

Boheem Tallinn Tallinn old town pelmeni chicken kievDinner one night at Moon. We got these Russian dumplings (pelmeni) and a chicken kiev. It was soooo good.

pumpkin soup Kadriorg Park Kadriorg ParkI think this park would look really nice if the trees were full of leaves. It looks like they cut them into squares.

Kadriorg Palace Tallinn Kadriorg Palace


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