Estonia 2016

This is the first country of my visit to Europe this year.
  • DSCN0390
  • DSCN0391  my couch surfing bed in Tallinn
  • DSCN0393
  • DSCN0394
  • DSCN0395  On the road to Altuguse ski resort.
  • DSCN0397
  • DSCN0398  30 cm of light dry snow everywhere.
  • DSCN0399  Alutaguse ski centre.
  • DSCN0400
  • DSCN0406
  • DSCN0403
  • DSCN0405
  • DSCN0407
  • DSCN0408  Breakfast for one.
  • DSCN0409  At 4:10 the lights go on for night skiing.
  • DSCN0410
  • DSCN0413  sometimes the sun does on the trails, for , at best , an hour or so at this time of year.
  • DSCN0415  On weekends the tube park is open and hundreds come for a moment of sliding fun.
  • DSCN0416
  • DSCN0417
  • DSCN0418
  • DSCN0420  Tarmo,  the manager here at Alutaguse, took me on a half day tour of the area. First stop was the Sillamae theatre.
  • DSCN0419-2
  • DSCN0422  A sculpture from the days of Russian occupation. Note the theme of an atom.
  • DSCN0423
  • DSCN0424
  • DSCN0425
  • DSCN0426
  • DSCN0428
  • DSCN0429
  • DSCN0430
  • DSCN0435
  • DSCN0432  The city of Narva. Across the river is Russia. Castles either side.
  • DSCN0433
  • DSCN0438
  • DSCN0434
  • DSCN0436  A statue of a lion install when the Swedes invaded the region, removed by the Russians and the replaced when Estonia separated from Russia.
  • FB IMG 1453566413714  Viru marathon start. I did 42 km in 2h 42m. 6th place in my age group.
  • received 10207389919724883  I am with the mayor of the municipality. He is a lively character. we shared a vodka together, the little  tubes, Fox Vodka !!
  • DSCN0441  Australia Day, so into the kitchen of the cafe to make lamingtons
  • DSCN0444  I the cafe we had Australian popular music all day, The Cat Empire, Tuka, The Rubens, Urthboy etc
  • DSCN0447  And garlic prawns, what else!
  • DSCN0456  The  beach Toila, it is not sand but snow.
  • DSCN0457
  • DSCN0460
  • DSCN0461
  • DSCN0463  This is the nearest pool, Toila. Just 4 lanes of 25m. Most of the "swimmers" drift up and down the lanes.
  • DSCN0462  The pool reception, and a price tag to match. Sure I could swim, spa, sauna....
  • DSCN0464  A long article in the regional newspaper.
  • DSCN0469  Overnight snow and Ulo, the groomer and general fix all man, is out preparing the trails.
  • DSCN0468
  • DSCN0466  A final view of the cafe
  • DSCN0465  These stairs lead up to the accommodation rooms.