Estonia is a hidden gem in the world of European tourism lying amongst the Baltic States on the Gulf of Finland. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, the country is coming into its own and travellers are starting to take notice of this small country neighbouring Russia.
Its capital, Tallinn, is a mix of medieval and modern. A small part of the city known simply as Old Town is surrounded by fortified walls and houses a multitude of historical buildings laced with cobblestoned streets. This is in vivid contrast to the rest of the Tallinn which is emerging as an independent city eager to cast off its Communist past and enter the world arena.
The majority of places to check out are in Old Town, although you could also visit the beach or some of the city’s beautiful parks if you venture far enough. Within the historical walls though there are many nooks to explore. I came across an old Dominican Monastery down one small street. The moss-covered stairway crept up to the door along the side of a wall lined with oil lamps.