02.07.2012 - 03.07.2012 20 °C
2nd July St. Petersburg to Tallinn
You should have seen the bun fight at breakfast this morning. There was a busload of Korean’s staying at the hotel and boy were they in for all they could eat. The cold ham, salami and cheese was gone in no time and it was a pretty sorry sight all in all. They don’t seem to do kornies so at least we had something to eat. People watching is great sometimes!!!
Departed St P’s 8.15am in rush hour. What a good time to set off. Everyone gets strung out at the lights and we all have to stop and let the group bunch up again. Finally got out to the outskirts 9.30am and onto the M11 headed for the Russian border at Narva and on into Estonia. Had heavy rain just before the border so stopped at a service station to gas-up and had a bite to eat. That was a smart thing to do as we spent from 12.20pm to 1.45pm getting across into Estonia. As we were the first car through we then had to wait till the rest were cleared. The Daimler had a problem with their Registration forms so it all took ages. Finally away at 4pm and on to some pretty nice roads. The atmosphere has changed. The houses are bigger and tidier, the farms look more healthy, the roads are great. We are finally in Europe. Had 200kms to drive to Tallinn, so arrived about 7pm. We are staying in St. Olav Hotel in the ‘old city’. It is quite different to what we are used to, but fantastic. The floors are all upsy-dupsy, low ceilings in places, staircases at every turn and it’s quite easy to take a wrong turn. It is so charming we have no complaints. It is a small room in comparison with some but there is Wifi in the rooms so you don’t have to always be heading down to the foyer to send emails etc. So that’s a good thing. The old town is something-else too and we found good restaurant in the main square for a meal and a well-earned beer. All beers are well-earned after a days driving, and especially border crossings.
3rd July TALLINN Estonia.
A free day to do our own thing. Dawned quite nicely after yet another ‘white night’. It is amazing how light it is in the middle of the night. Don’t need the torch to find the loo!! Five of us set out after breakfast and wandered round the city. Found the most delightful coffee and cake shop for morning tea, and then got on the Hop-on-hop-off bus for a tour round the place. They are quite good , double- decker busses so you can see where and what is going on. Also found a great lunch food-hall. We split up after that and Mike & I set off walking the ‘old town’. So fascinating, cobbled streets, churches, old buildings etc. The afternoon turned a little cooler so it was much more pleasant for walking. We have found a Tapas place to eat tonight so hope it’s good.