Эс-То-Ни-Я. Анекдоты про медлительных эстонцев бессовестно врут. Убедилась в этом сама: от самого быстрого в моей жизни заселения в отель до подачи блюд в ресторане. Живые, улыбчивые, приветливые, радушные хозяева, встречающие от всей души, все, кто нам встретился за время пребывания эстонцы -далекие от политики, что безусловно радовало.
Es-To-Ni-A. The jokes about the slow Estonians are a big fat lie. I had a chance to see it with my own eyes: from the fastest ever check-in at the hotel to the service at the restaurant. Lively, smiling, hospitable and friendly hosts, giving a hearty welcome to anyone they met during our stay there, the Estonians are far from politics, which definitely made me happy.
One of the symbols of Estonia is a chimney sweep. They still exist, by the way, and not in small numbers. We had a chance to meet one of the representatives of such a rare profession in the modern world. If you happen to see a chimney sweep somewhere, don’t forget to rub his button and make a wish – and it will come true! We were lucky to even get a button as a present!
The Old Tallinn (just like the warming liquor of the same name, without which coming back home must simply be prohibited) is imprinted in my memory as a nice , delicious, dizzying flavor of red wine, cinnamon, roasted nuts, honey, genuine meat sausages, marzipan, and endless gingerbread…the Christmas Fair at Town Hall Square, the little horses on merry-go-rounds, Jingle bells jingle bells jingle all the way…and our amazing guide Edward led by our trip organizer Mikhail Kozhuhov, made it a trip of a lifetime.
Marzipan has been popular in Estonia for more than five centuries. You can buy marzipan sweets and figures at any small street shop, however in older times you could buy it only at the Town Hall Chemist’s, one of the oldest chemist’s in Europe.
In fact, getting to the Old Town is like a plunge into the Middle Ages. You can even have dinner in a medieval restaurant in the corresponding clothes and absorb the atmosphere of those times.
Everything is so delicious! The main thing is to come to your senses from time to time and not to forget about your body shape. The Estonians absolutely love garlic — it’s everywhere, from huge bunches, hanging for interior, to frozen garlic. Try it – tastes exotic, but we, Russians, are hard to surprise even by the spiciest flavor 🙂
Something you’ve simply got to bring from Tallinn are the famous cinnamon biscuits with black pepper called Pepparkok, so that the taste of the medieval town stays with you a little longer. If you can’t find the biscuits, just buy the dough – it is sold even at the stations. So, we managed to extend the pleasure by making the funny little pepper men at home for Christmas.
The Old Tallinn is rich in small yards originally full of craftsmen shops. Now they are mostly for tourists, but you can buy a lot of things there – from glass to tailor-made clothes.
I was surprised by another part of town, though – the wooden one. Identical to Nizhny Novgorod’s city centre. Exactly the same! So many wooden houses, having witnessed more than one generation of people. I was really shocked to find out that these buildings belong to the most expensive category of dwelling in Tallinn.
We had a chance to ride around the outskirts of Tallinn, see some castles and forts, shoot a bow, take part in the process of creating gunpowder, visit a private milk farm, get a lungful of refreshing Baltic air, and come back home, full of impressions and with bags full of presents:) If you happen to be in Tallinn, bother to find the guide Edward on the Internet– he will show you Estonia in a way that will make you want to return there again.