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toxic avenger

Tallinn, Estonia

I'm heading across there for a few days next month.

Any pointers? ie bars, restuarants, anything counterculture.
bearing

Sadly, I'm of no help (leave it!) but it's somewhere I've always fancied going.  I'm sure someone will be able to help though.
Plastic Man

How prescient.

Last week Eddie bought a crate of Estonian "Saku Kuld" from an "after the best before date" retailer. And very nice it was too.

On the strength of this, Eddie is currently investigating low-cost flights to Tallinn.

All information gratefully received.
Fin

I think Carp is your man
bearing

Fin wrote:
I think Carp is your man


I thought that, he enjoys the sights of that region of Europe.

Wherever he is.  
Dock

Hi TA, my mate went on a stag do there and he said the beer was dead cheap. A very scenic place, but may be fouled up by lots of English arseheads drinking cheap beer. Can we have a report on your return?
toxic avenger

I got back the other day, so here's my report...

Getting there was cheap and easy. I flew from Edinburgh to Tallinn with Ryanair. I managed to get promotional flights for just over £30 return, even after the usual Ryanair add-ons. A taxi from Tallinn airport into the city centre was a very reasonable 6 euros. On the way back I got a bus for 1.60 euros.

The first thing I noticed was the cold, it was in the minus figures and there was big piles of dirty snow at the sides of the roads and many of the pavements were covered in an inch or two of solid ice. The main roads were clear though.

Accomodation wise, I stayed in the 16 Euro hostel, which does as it says on the tin. A basic, but very clean and comfortable private en suite room for a measly 16 euros a night. The hostel is located in the Rottermanni Quarter, a former industrial area now gentrified with trendy shops, bars and cafes, which is just a few minutes walk from the old town.

The old town is very pretty, some of the medieval city wall is intact and there are old churches and towers everywhere. It is very easy to get lost  in the maze of winding cobbled streets. Most of the atteractions are in this area. The Kiek In De Kok museum was very interesting, an old gun tower with defensive tunnels running underneath and all manner of military exhibits. There is also the Occupation Museum with its Soviet era artifacts.

Some cool bars and restuarants. The Olde Hansa medieval resturant was a bit of a tourist trap, quite expensive, but it was a good laugh with its costumed staff and medieval meat dishes.  There's another great restuarant called Must Lammas, which means sheep. It's a caucasian place serving hearty dishes from Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Regarding nightlife and English arseheads, well I was there from Monday to Thursday so it was pretty quiet. The beer in the old town wasn't that cheap, 2 or 3 euros was about the average price. There seems to be a strip club on every corner and I was accosted by hookers on a few occasions so I can see why this place is popular with stag nights. I imagine the atmosphere on a warm summer weekend is very different to an icy Tuesday in March.

Overall, I enjoyed it but I'm in no real hurry to go back. I've been to a few cities in Eastern Europe and Tallinn didn't grab me in the same way as Kyiv or Bucuresti.
lolwarlol

toxic avenger wrote:
The old town is very pretty, some of the medieval city wall is intact and there are old churches and towers everywhere. It is very easy to get lost †in the maze of winding cobbled streets. Most of the atteractions are in this area. The Kiek In De Kok museum was very interesting, an old gun tower with defensive tunnels running underneath and all manner of military exhibits. There is also the Occupation Museum with its Soviet era artifacts


Thanks for the report Toxic. The above part is the bit that really interests me (not that the rest didn't), it sounds fantastic. Thanks for the tip on the time of year.
Brilliant, thanks again.
bearing

Cheers TA, great reporting.
Late Doors

Ace. cheers ta, got the measure of the place from that. Its been on our radar a while now for a long weekend but i would like to know a bit more about Kyiv or Bucuresti first
toxic avenger

For any advice on Tallinn or most other eastern and central European cities I usually check out this website http://www.inyourpocket.com/

Here's the hostel I stayed in: http://www.16eur.ee/eng/firstpage/

Late Doors, I had a long weekend in Kiev in May last year and I was in Bucharest for a few days in 2009.

Kiev was pretty wild. It definately felt like I'd crossed a line by leaving the EU. I had to argue with the border officials at the airport, I was harrassed by taxi drivers in the arrivals hall and I'd only been in the city for a few hours before I was arrested by the local plod on some trumped up charges. I bribed them 200 gryvnas (around £16) to let me go. The city centre itself is very attractive, much of it was flattened in WWII but tastefully rebuilt afterwards, lots of wide streets, grand imposing buildings and gold domed orthodox churches. It's not fully on the stag night/tourist trail yet but the nightlife was pretty wild. I had a couple of gold diggers try to empty my wallet while one of them actually asked me to marry her. I stumbled into a club that had some kind of '50s themed lesbian burlesque event going on. There was a live band belting out rock 'n' roll covers, loads of androgynous birds dressed like '50s rockabillies and some skinny chick dressed like Betty Page was dancing around on stage and flashing her shaved fanny. They were really going for it and I couldn't tear myself away. Their inhibitions went straight out the window. They certainly had more fun than I usually do when I'm out clubbing. Part of me died that night... I'll never get to be a lesbian.

Bucharest is by no means an attractive city, most of the old town has been flattened and replaced with ugly concrete tower blocks, the streets are pretty filthy with litter and graffiti, there are people sleeping rough in doorways and there are thousands of stray dogs everywhere. However, the people were friendly, the food was fresh, the beer was fairly cheap and the women were beautiful. I loved the nightlife, fewer large clubs like we have here but plently of smaller bars and basement clubs open round the clock. It seemed more subversive, small clubs in the basements of run down buildings blasting out techno beats at 4am. I had an absolute blast.
sheeps



Welcome to Kiev eh?

Nice one TA.
Tank Girl

nice report TA
toxic avenger

Not me mate. I've only been on here a few weeks, I don't think I've seen any of his posts.
Tank Girl

ahhh, Jones mans South American tour

http://regdafishthinktank.com/about698.html&highlight=
toxic avenger

Just read the South America thread, quality stuff.

Jones trip to the Ukraine was pretty lively as well.

http://regdafishthinktank.com/about3209.html&highlight=kiev
bearing

Everything Jones does is 'lively'
Late Doors

†Cheers ta, Though when we do venture to those parts i get the impression we would not be following your Particular trek with rock n roll ladies and the such and neither of us are particularly interested in any Lesbian Burlesque activities†but it all sounds rather intiguing †Ta for the lowdown † keep em coming
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
†Cheers ta, Though when we do venture to those parts i get the impression we would not be following your Particular trek with rock n roll ladies and the such and neither of us are particularly interested in any Lesbian Burlesque activities†but it all sounds rather intiguing †Ta for the lowdown † keep em coming


Re: neither of us are particularly interested in any Lesbian Burlesque activities but it all sounds rather intiguing.

LD = Lying bastard, FACT!  
Late Doors

 i have it on the strongest authority that WE are not interested.

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