Friday, June 17, 2011

A short cruise overnight...

into the Gulf of Finland takes us to Tallinn, the affluent capital and largest city in Estonia, and proud owner of an extremely quaint skyline that greeted us this morning (click to enlarge):
Upon arrival we first embarked on a tour of historic Kadriorg Palace, built by Peter the Great for his mistress Catherine in the 18th century.  In a word, opulent:
More impressive, in my opinion, is the grand Alexander Nevsky Cathedral that dominates the highest point in the city, complete with the onion-shaped domes and three-barred crosses iconic of Russian Orthodox churches:
And like most cities established during Hanseatic times, the Main Square with busy cafes and market stalls is the place to be on a sunny afternoon for optimum people-watching:

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