Hats are a necessity not a fashion statement and muffle sound already muted by the thick ground cover of snow. A sudden avalanche of noise penetrates the stillness as snow and icicles crash onto the street, don’t cross the tape or markers put out on the pavement to help people avoid being hit.
Making your way up icy streets to Toompea feels as secure as walking on tip-toes but nervous progress is rewarded by views across the city and the incense filled interior of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. At the top of Kiek-in-de-Kok imagine the soldiers and seagulls sharing shivers and fireside warmth.
In Kadriorg Park it’s easy to imagine the sound of troika bells flitting through the trees ready to discharge their occupants at the Palace, once a residence of Tsar Peter I, later to Estonia’s Head of State and now to Estonia‘s Foreign Art Collection. Further into the park is KUMU, home to Estonia’s National Art Collection, standing proud like the prow of a ship forcing it’s way through the ice.