Elk Soup and Wild Animal Pasties – Tallinn

by cottontailsandcupcakes

We’ve spent the last few days exploring Tallinn in Estonia. It’s backpacker and stag do paradise here but very few here at the moment. Great location for a cheap winter city break with no crowds.

After an awful flight, nothing on EasyJets part mind (shocker.), turns out being hot and tired and nearly 6 months pregnant makes you faint whilst hurtling down the runway at Gatwick mid take off.

We landed in Tallin and given its economy we took a taxi to our hotel. €8 is definitely worth 15 minutes of luxury, what a treat. We checked in to our room and went to bed. After our nap we went exploring.

It’s definitely what you’d call baltic weather. Five layers later we braved it, there was still snow on the ground from a few days prior. We went up to the old town and headed to the town hall. We had a look around the Christmas Market (bog standard european Christmas market) then went to a medieval style tavern for dinner. No lights, no cutlery, just wild animal pasties and elk soup. It was very touristy but good fun. Cheap too for the novelty. We did a bit of aimless wandering, grabbed some cheese pastries for the following days breakfast and headed back.

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The following day we went on the wander again. Headed up Toompea Hill to the lookout point. Strolled along the old cobbled steets and had pancakes for lunch. We then took a tour of the Bastion Tunnels under the old town. They go on for miles but most of which are inaccessible yet. We did a tour of the renovated section. It’s mad to think Tallinns homeless still live in some of these tunnels on the other side of the town.
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We had another look at the old town , found the Kalev chocolate shop near our hotel then decided on our dinner options. We went for dumplings in a studenty-cafe-diner type place. I’m not sure if they’re particularly Estonian but I’m not interested in the national dish of pickled herring.

Chocolate overdose and bed ready for the ferry to Helsinki that was today.
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