26 May 2013

Travel: Cruise Northern Europe part 6

Tuesday, 14 May
We arrive in Tallinn slightly earlier than expected so by 9 am we're alreading walking towards the centre of town. Tallinn is tiny yet very beautiful. I visited Riga once and I must say that there's quite a difference, especially in the people. They seem much more friendly in Tallinn. 
The weather is just amazing. Again 20 degrees and sunny without a cloud in the sky. 
We basically just walk every street, see every church of town. And we're impressed. We have a prosecco at the town square, then do some shopping (I find some gorgeous cat earrings…for me, not my cats) and then have the best panini I ever tasted in a brand new bistro run by an Italian couple. 
Then some more shopping, including an old apothecary that now houses antique shops, where find something a friend of mine asked for. And they have some strange wartime stuff...including a Hitler mantlepiece clock. Eh?
We round off our trip with a glass of wine in the Irish pub. Then head back towards the Magnifica and there are loads of gift stalls in front of the terminal. I find a beautiful green corsage brooch. 
The cruise ship next to us (P&O) wave us goodbye by playing Strauss' Radetzky March and everyone clapping in tune. Really lovely!
Then it's time to get ready for our second gala evening. We get a show about Dracula with Queen and INXS songs...mmyes. And two amazing acrobatic acts. 
Dinner was shrimp, salad, pumpkin soup and steak with roasted mushrooms and gratin, and dark chocolate parfait. 
The waiter from Bali draws me a lovely image on a small piece of paper (now hanging in the kitchen). 
Tomorrow st Petersburg. Our day trip starts at 7.30 am...and clocks go forward again. Sigh.

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