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Museum for Puppet Arts NUKU

6 Mar

We have lots of photos, so over the next few days I will be sharing them in separate posts.  They are all ready to go, though, so I have no excuse for getting off schedule!

We happened upon the Museum for Puppet Arts NUKU when we were walking to the port.  The “Steampunk Puppet Theater” in the window caught our attention and convinced us to look around.  Though small, there were many props, puppets, and masks on display.  It is obvious that there is a history of puppetry, and theater in general, that has led to a continued passion for the art form.

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AHHAA Science Center

5 Mar

We have lots of photos, so over the next few days I will be sharing them in separate posts.  They are all ready to go, though, so I have no excuse for getting off schedule!

Ben and I visited the AHHAA science center in Tallinn during our vacation.  We both have fond memories of science centers and museums as children, so we were excited to see what this one had to offer.

It wasn’t fancy, pretty much just a large room in a shopping center located underneath a main street, but it was FUN.  The room was filled with the basic, hands-on science demonstrations that show off just how awesome science can be.  There was a kid’s birthday party going on with lots of little ones running all around us.  It was so great to see them excited about the exhibits and having such a good time.  And it was pretty darn fun for us as well.

Some highlights included the classic electricity globes, light-powered bug races, a laser harp, a mini hall-of-mirrors, memory/attention tests, a tornado demonstration, and wheelchair races.*

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* Ben wasn’t sure how he felt about having his photo taken participating in a wheelchair race, but I told him we had to post it because (1) the look of determination on his face is priceless and (2) he had this look when he wasn’t even racing against anyone.

Good Eats and Drinks in Tallinn

4 Mar

We have lots of photos, so over the next few days I will be sharing them in separate posts.  They are all ready to go, though, so I have no excuse for getting off schedule!

The food and drinks in Tallinn were both amazing.  The beer, in particular, was incredible.  Moscow has many things going for it, but beer is not one of them.  Within a few hours of being in Tallinn we found ourselves enjoying delicious living beers at the Beer House, an Austrian-style beer house that brews its own beers.  Their Medovar Honey beer was probably one of the best beers I have ever had.  We only had a few light dishes, but they were also fantastic.

On the recommendation of two colleagues, we had dinner at Olde Hansa on our first evening in town.  This is a medieval restaurant done right.  I was expecting it to feel cheesy and hokey, but it was actually a really nice atmosphere and the food and beer were wonderful.  The servers played their roles well, making comments such as going to get the “magical machine” to run our credit card, without feeling over-the-top.

We also enjoyed drinks and meals at Lounge 24, Depeche Mode Baar, Restoran Vanaema Juures, Porgu Brasserie, Valli Baar, and Sfäär.

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Estonian History Museum

3 Mar

We have lots of photos, so over the next few days I will be sharing them in separate posts.  They are all ready to go, though, so I have no excuse for getting off schedule!

Since we did not know too much about Estonia, we decided to check out the Estonian History Museum in the Great Guild Hall.  It was a really well designed museum with a lot of information, including a permanent exhibit entitled “Spirit of Survival – 11,000 Years of Estonian History.”  The Great Guild Hall itself is 600 years old and located in Old Town.  It is a pretty fascinating history with many social, political, and religious changes.

Here are some photos of the Hall, as well as some of Ben and I having fun with their interactive exhibits.

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Getaway to Tallinn, Estonia

2 Mar

Ben and I were very excited to have four days available to take a vacation together.  We picked Tallinn for this trip because we had both heard amazing things about the city and it worked well with our time frame.  I am so glad that we did because we LOVED it.

We spent most of our time in Old Town.  The city is historic and beautiful, yet incredibly modern.  Almost all restaurants, bars, and stores happily accept credit cards (this is quite different from Moscow) and it is the birthplace of Skype.  The people were friendly and provided excellent service for the most part.  All of the service workers that we encountered spoke English, but we were often greeted in Russian.  I would say that most service workers there spoke at least Estonian, Russian, and English.

Traveling to a city that I would not have been able to identify two years ago is a major perk to living in Moscow.  Estonia is part of the EU which means that Americans do not need a visa to visit and I would HIGHLY recommend a stop there to anyone who is going to be traveling in Europe.

We have lots of photos, so over the next few days I will be sharing them in separate posts.  They are all ready to go, so I have no excuse for getting off schedule!

I will start the photo share with some of the general street views of the city.  It was beautiful even with grey skies and leftover snow, so I can only imagine that it would be gorgeous in the spring and summer.

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