We were walking outside and after having doing sightseeing for many hours we felt thursty and our feet started to ache; it was already evening. We decided to go to the nearest place; just to drink one beer and then back to the hotel.
We went in - and wanted to turn back. The place, at first look, did not look very nice, there was too much light and the tables looked like those long tables where kids eat at communal schools. We decided anyhow that OK, one beer, it doesn't take long.
Quite soon we realized that no-one spoke Estonian...nor English or other languages. I think we found one bartender during the evening who understood Estonian (we Finns understand some Estonian and vice versa). We had to use the very few Russian words and expressions we knew. We noticed that this was the place where the Russian people of Haapsalu met each other. Not the place for Estonians.
For some reason, after having followed the life inside, we noticed the people were really having fun. No dancefloor in the little bar, but they danced like crazy. Russian pop music and sometimes some waltz or more adult music. It was really interesting to follow...
...until we were taken with! Some people literally danced to us and pulled us from our arms to the dancefloor! It was kind of funny, but the people were really honest and hearty. We spoke with our hands, they spoke Russian to us, we answered in Finnish or English or Estonian.
We ended up to stay in the place until they closed in, in the whee hours of the morning! A different, fun night indeed.
Ridala is an old village from as early as the 8th century.
Ridala church is the only church where the medieval frescos have been preserved (You can see them when the church is open :-)).
Not more than 10 kilometres on the Tallinn highway there is an interesting house museum of an eccentric artist called Ants Laikmaa.
He was one of the founders of Estonian national art.
The house and the area is designed in an national-romantic style combined with the artist´s fantasies.
At Lihula village You can find the ruins of the episcopal castle just behind the manor house.
The castle was build in 1248 but unfortunately of lime stones, that didn´t last the centuries to come.
During the medieval time Lihula was a very powerful village with two monasteries
The picture shows the Manor House which was in a pityfull condition. I just saw it from the outside but could have a peek inside from the windows.
Fortunately we heard that there was a project that will allow this beautiful manor to undergo a thoroughfull renovation in the near future.
I might go there soon to see if anything has been done.
On the way South just before Lihula there is the little village of Kirbla.
The church there is the smallest church in Estonia.
The village is also known for the terrifying mass murder during World War II.
It's 2 km from Haapsalu over the sea, You can go there by boat from harbor or by car but it's 40 km by road. Nice old swedish style villages, fisherman's houses and our president's summer residence, some old churches and some military ruins from soviet time.