Day 4


Estonia, the northern most and smallest of the Baltic States, 
is also the most westernized and lies on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, between Russia in the East and Latvia in the south. Some 18,000 square miles in area, with a population of about 1.5 million people, it is a country of plains, marshes and forests, with as many as 1,500 lakes and 500 islands. The language is Finno-Ugric which is closely tied to that of Finland. On August 20th, 1991 Estonian independence from the Soviet Union was declared, and the United Nations recognized it as a Sovereign State. It was the first Baltic State to begin monetary reform and a national currency, the Estonian Kroon, was introduced in 1992.
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is situated on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, only 53 miles by sea from Helsinki. It is the Republic's largest industrial and cultural center and an important Baltic harbor. With a population of 400,000 inhabitants, Tallinn is thought to be one of the prettiest cities in the Baltic and was once one of the largest towns in Europe. Set on a hillock above the Port, the old town is a medieval enclave with old walls, towers, winding cobbled lanes and buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. Today the City's main industries include: electrical and oil drilling machinery, textile and paper manufacturing.
(Royal Caribbean Port Explorer)

After 2 days of sailing we arrived at Tallinn. 
During these two days the weather was nice, some sun, around 72 degrees. 
We enjoyed each other's company, the ship, the shops, the food and the entertainment.
Here are some facts about the Jewel of the Seas.
Below are some pictures of Tallinn I found in the internet. 
The others I took during our tour of the city, 
... as well as some pictures of the first "formal" dinner prior to arriving at Tallinn.


Stella in local costume!

Song Festival Grounds

Toompea Castle                                                                             Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Estonian Parliament

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