09.02.2006 -16 °C
Took the bus from Riga to Tallinn. Saw the frozen Baltic Sea, and lots more frozen lakes with men fishing on them.
Tip for arriving in Tallinn (probably a good tip for anywhere) - know the street you're going to - our taxi driver had never heard of our hotel - The Merchant's House. It was a really good, brand-spanking new hotel in the old town.
Tallinn was colder than Riga, but more beautiful (if more touristed) - the gourgeous old town is full of little medieval streets built right up onto a hill. On the first night we wandered around in the dark for a bit, looking at snow covered churches etc. We then went for a bit of a slap-up meal at a Russian restaurant, Troika, which was absolutely delicious, before hitting 'Tallinn's first Estonian pub', Hell Hunt (which apparently means 'gentle wolf'), for a beer or two.
Tuesday spent a lot of time wandering round Tallinn, looking in Churches and popping in and out of shops to escape the bitter cold. Went to the Museum of Estonian History, which was worth a look, walked up Toompea Hill to Toomkirik and the Orthodox cathedral, and went to Fat Margaret, an old guard tower. Old Tallinn is really stunning.