I spent most of my time in Tallinn in the Old Town and the one need it didn't fulfil was the sense of local people going about their everyday lives. Late on Sunday afternoon after several hot hours on the HoHo bus, I headed for Tamsaare Park looking for a shady spot to sit in and a chance to recharge my batteries. I passed through this little park every day of my trip but on Sunday, it seemed to have become the centre of the universe and I finally got my chance to observe the locals at close quarters. It was balloons, bubbles and a fairground atmosphere as people enjoyed one of the first really hot sundays of summer. At the edges of the park market stalls did a brusque trade but in the centre, everybody was blowing bubbles. I was a bit surprised by this but it seemed to be the favourite activity with parents blowing enthusiastically and children hopping up and down, as a wobbly sea of bubbles drifted towards the sky. AH Tamsarre's statue had to work overtime as child after child clambered on to it in search of their own little perch. This was a very different side of Tallinn, as far away from the Old Town experience as you could get but very valuable as a small glimpse into 'real' life.
Tamsaare Park is a small park on the fringes of the Old Town, near the Estonia Concert Hall and the 1905 monument. It's a very pleasant space and perfect for a little weekend people watching.
Favorite thing: While not the most outgoing people in the world, the people of Tallinn are very friendly and kind. Also, most of the local people that I met spoke pretty good English. This is especially true of the young people because English is a mandatory subject in the schools.
In case you didn't already know, the current President of Estonia (Toomas Ilves) spent most of his childhood in Leonia, New Jersey.
President Ilves is usually seen wearing a bowtie which has become his trademark.
The cafes, restaurants, shops & inns of historic Tallinn's city centre.
Fondest memory: The stylish, chic, elegant ladies who frequent Tallinn's city centre shops, cafes, inns & restaurants.