we bee-lined it through Latvia
to southeast Estonia,
stopping along the way at the Aglona Basilica.
From there, we made it to Estonia where we stayed in a couple
of really nice little cottages in the Estonian lake district, near Rouge.
This is where we stayed for our first
night in Rouge.
This is their own sauna by the lake. The Estonians are mad about saunas, so we
figured, when in Rome…
After giving them a 1 hour warning that you wanted to use the sauna, they
stoked up the fire and we got in and sweated our bodies until we could stand it
no longer. Immediately after that, we
ran down jumped into the lake. It was so
bloody cold that your bones ached, but very exhilarating nonetheless. Then back in to the sauna, then jump in the
lake, sauna, lake. We did the cycle
three and felt amazing afterwards. The
things we do?!?
This was our own little cottage the
following night. Everywhere in this part
of the world was just so picturesque…
Tallinn is the most picture postcard
city. It is surrounded by a city wall
used to defend itself over the years.
Climbing up the main spire in Tallinn. A bit windy when you get up there…
Tallinn skyline. Note the turrets on
the right forming part of the city wall.
Say no more…
we caught a ferry and went to an Estonian island called Saaremaa. This is the largest of a group of islands
said to be “most Estonian” as they were barely touched by the Germans and
Russians during all the invasions.
Our hotel, on one of the moat islands
near the castle…
View from our window.
The islands are windmill-tastic.
The site of a meteorite equator that
landed about 4,500 years ago.
Apparently one of the most accessible
craters in the world.