Since having found the perfect apartment, enjoying the beautiful sunny Tallinn weather and exploring the old town. Part two of my life in Tallinn consisted of many travel adventures!
Travelling all the way from Australia it was necessary to see as much of Europe and of Estonia as possible!
After visiting Riga, we decided to visit the beautiful Parnu, Parnu is Estonia’s 4th largest city located in southwestern Estonia. Famous for its beaches and spa retreat, I was excited to visit the summer vacation location despite the fact it was already late August, we did miss the summer crowds and the beach was serene and calm.
My housemates and I started the day with some coffee and lovely breakfast treats from a famous Russian café in Parnu called: Kohvik Supelsaksad. The Café was beautifully decorated with a lovely homely feel and the treats and coffee was extremely satisfying. After breakfast we indulged in some spa treatments and decided to use the beautiful facilities of the Parnu Spa hotel and resort. Once we were rejuvenated and relaxed, we walked along the beachfront and breathed in the fresh sea air. We continued onto the old town, sat down for some lunch and continued to marvel at the cobbled streets and small town shops and restaurants.
It was a lovely day trip and it was interesting to see a town and imagine the town buzzing during the summer days. Despite the lack of crowd and the cooler weather, it was still a very lovely indulgent day.
Travelling to Parnu only encouraged us to continue travelling so we decided to visit the biggest university town in Estonia, Tartu! With no expectations we took the bus to Tartu and we decided to learn as much about Tartu as we could.
Unfortunately the heavens opened up on us and we were drenched with rain when we arrived in Tartu. Being extremely good tourism students we headed straight for the tourism office to acquire ourselves a map and some information about the town. Sadly, as we arrived on a Monday, most museums and even the A le Coq brewery were closed!
We then decided that there was no better way than to visit a town by walking around it. As we strolled under the rain, it became more and more apparent that the Tartu had in fact many statues. We decided to find every single statue around Tartu and hoped that the statues would take us to key sights that were of interest.
While touring the statues of Tartu we managed to find the university and the university museum, which was extremely beautiful. It didn’t feel like we were in Estonia, the ruins of the university museum in fact reminded me of roman ruins one could find in Italy or Turkey or Greece. After a while all the statues kind of molded into one and it all started to look similar. The rain did dampen our spirits a little bit and so we decided to have a relaxing afternoon lunch and watch the raindrops fall on the windowsill. We had an extremely delicious lunch and we took every opportunity to sit as long as possible. After that we killed more time by searching for more statues and we visited a workshop/warehouse area that sold handmade products made especially in Tartu.
Soon after it was time to go back to Tallinn and frankly, we were quite thrilled to make our way home. While Tartu is the largest university town in Estonia, we were unlucky with the weather, the day in which we decided to go and sadly we didn’t get to see much live action as all the students were at school! Nonetheless, it was still a good experience and I’m happy that we managed to visit Tartu. I can now cross that off my list! The adventure continues…
Author: Chervil Tan
Photos: Chervil Tan