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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Visit to Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia is one of those countries which broke off and became independent when the Soviet Union broke up. The country is located on the Gulf of Finland, and the capital is Tallinn.
Tallinn is known as the Silicon Valley of the Baltic and has many technology companies located there.  In addition, they are focused on becoming a paperless society, with city busses & parks all having wifi, and even voting is now done electronically.
The city has a high level of economic freedom, liberal economic policies, and a  highly diversified economy. It is also reported to be one of the top seven cities in the world with the smartest people.

While visiting in Tallinn, we took the medieval walking tour, which took us back to the 14th century.

Town Square

Narrow (and crowded) streets of Old Tallinn

City gates of old Tallinn

Yes, there is even a McDonalds in the old Medieval City.

Because Tallinn is one of the busiest cruise ports in the Baltic, there were LOTS of cruise ships in the harbor and LOTS of tourists all through town. Even though it was crowded, the atmosphere and feel was rather peaceful. It's would probably be quite FAB outside of the normal tourist season.