We start in upper Tallinn which is filled with medieval splendour, in this photo you can see what remains of Toompea Castle, built in the first half of the 13th century. Catherine the Great decided all the fortification was unnecessary and took half of it down and replaced it with the pink building which is now the Parliament building. Built in 1773.
Though there are many churches here our guide told us that less than 10% of Estonians are religious. This could possibly because they have been kicked around for centuries by others. First the Danish, then the Swedes, for a time (1918 - 1940), then the Germans occupied them to save them from the Russians and the Russians "liberated" them from the Germans. Finally in 1991 they became independent again and they intend to stay that way. This is the view from the top looking down over Tallinn.
Being allowed to take pics I also took the altar and the organ here.
Walking down to the lower town our guide told us of the deputes between the upper and lower twins and these walls separated them and killings took place here.
I was fascinated to hear more about Estonia eg after tourism, technology is it's main money earner. Skype was invented here and though sold to Microsoft more than half the staff running Skype are still located in Estonia. Everything is online, including voting, education, including parents being able to easily access school reports and even paying for parking. Nothing medieval about it's economy and it makes Australia look very backwards in such things.
In one section tomb stones are preserved.
Then we all met up again and headed down what we think was called Catherine's way to the city walls and a gate.
A beautiful clear night tonight but cloud forecast for our arrival in St Petersburg. Many are doing two full days of touring whereas we have two half days, which, given Garrie's leg problem, is probably just as well.