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A Day In Tallinn



While in Finland we decided to visit Tallinn for a day so Matthew would see something else than my lovely home country on his holiday. It’s only two hours away by ferry, and the tickets are quite cheap too, as are the prices in Tallinn. I can’t remember how many times I’ve visited the city, but I really like the old medieval town (that is also the main tourist trap.)

What I haven’t noticed as much before was how many Finns go to Tallinn purely to buy cheap alcohol (the alcohol tax is lower). There were loads of people getting on board in Helsinki with empty trolleys that were filled with as much booze as they could hold on the way back. My dad actually bought all the alcohol for my brother’s wedding in Tallinn. I’m interested to see when they put a stop to this…


Matthew posing on the ferry next to the Estonian flag.


Have to admit that Matthew took this photo that I really like in all its simplicity. Fact of the day: Tallinn was known as ‘Reval’ until 1917.


My parents wondering where we are. My mum looks like a true bad-ass.


We had a great lunch at a place that would’ve been so much more expensive in Finland or the UK. A big glass of nice Pinot Grigio for only £3! (The highlight of my day.)


My dad contemplating life. Can you find the Finnish flag?


Hanging from a lamp post is scary.


Matthew chatting up an Estonian chick who is trying to ignore him.


The main square in the old town – packed with tourists in the summer.


I took this photo, must say I’m pleased with the result.

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

<p>I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!</p>

  • Monica Aikas

    Vaddå bad-ass? Hade du inget bättre foto?

    August 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm
  • Monica Aikas

    Fast pappa tyckte att jag ser ut som Jackie Kennedy på fotot. Så det så!

    August 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm
  • ninaaikas

    Nope, hade inga battre fotondu sku ha gillat…Jackie e val inte sa daligt?!

    August 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm
  • Monica Äikäs

    Nej, han menade faktiskt att det var ett lyckat foto!

    August 21, 2013 at 9:11 am
  • perthians

    Isn’t Matthew a cutie? 🙂 I have family in Finland and I have never heard of this place. Looks great. Will have to ask them about it.

    September 3, 2013 at 11:16 am
  • ninaaikas

    I guess he’s alright 😉 Tallinn is actually not in Finland, but in Estonia. Just a 2-hour ferry ride away though so very easy to go to from Helsinki! If you ever visit your family in Finland you should definitely go!

    September 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm
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