Friday, May 22, 2009

Sightseeing in Tallinn, Estonia and a Pink and Green Wedding by the Lake

I am doing a twofer again today. It's Saturday so it's sightseeing and pink time. Pink Saturday is hosted by Beverly at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/. I hope you check out her site and see the list of pink participants so you can visit them. It's always fun!
I host Sightseeing Sat. although there aren't any takers except for gracious Chandy of http://whatnowtablescapes.blogspot.com/. She'll have her post by midnight so make sure you check out where she is taking us. Aren't there any traveler's out there? It does not have to be out of the country nor even out of town. Any good scenes at home you can share would be good. Just send me a comment if you are interested and I will add you to my post.
For today, I am taking you to Tallinn, Estonia. You might be wondering where that is. I was the same way, I had no idea until I went there. Anyway, it is located on the Baltic Sea, south of Finland and bordering west of Russia. Estonia was part of the old Soviet Union until it got its independence in 1991 and its capital is Tallinn. The city still has a Russian flavor fused with west and Scandinavian cultures. I really enjoyed the old world ambience while touring this wonderfully preserved medieval city.
I traveled with my 2 sisters shown here with me. I am the youngest of the 3 though not the smallest.
Estonian Parliament building and tall Herman Tower
We went in and shopped a little at the small shop of a Russian Orthodox Cathedral called Alexander Nevsky. I bought some Russian religious icons which one of them I will add for my giveaway on my 100th post. So watch out for that. I am still a few posts away.
Lower town view of Tallinn that took my breath away!

We took a walk through the old cobblestone streets. I think the surrounding was so quaint.
Another exciting tour we took was the Kadriorg (meaning"Catherine's Valley") Palace. I don't know why but I just love touring palaces. I love seeing all the lovely things inside. This palace is very modest compared to the ones we toured in Russia but it was also built by Tsar Peter I in the 18th century for his empress Catherine. Baroque and stuccoed ceilings are evident everywhere inside.
I fell in love with the landscaped garden.
Remember, Princess Alexandra's painting in the Russian palaces? Here's another one here. She was truly the tsar's favorite.
Look at the beautiful sculptures everywhere.
This fireplace is magnificent.
Painted and stuccoed ceiling
I am thinking this might be a Meissen. It looks like it, doesn't it? If John traveled with me, I would know for sure cause he would turn it over to see the maker. LOL! I wouldn't dare do that!
a wonderful clock
I would love to have this set on my mantel.
Beautiful Estonians selling warm roasted almonds at Old Town.
Old Town Flea Market. If there is shopping, me and my 2 sisters will be there for sure. LOL! My oldest sister on the left is from Illinois and she was the one who gave me the antique clock. The one in the center, Tess, is from St. Louis, so you know we don't all see each other very often so touring together was really a lot of fun.
This tricycle looks very interesting.
Well, I hope this made up for my short post last Sat. and hope you enjoyed the tour.
Now, it's time for Pink Saturday. Thanks, Beverly for hosting this enjoyable meme.
For outdoor Wed, I showed you pictures of my stepdaughter' s wedding outdoors. Now, let's head up for the brunch reception. It's all pink in here.
Pink petals and do you see the wedding favors that I created? I will share them with you again on Met. Mon.

Here is a closer view of the favor. It's honey inside the jar. You can also click for more details.
The proud daddy ready to give the bride away.
Teary eyed dad with a pink boutonniere.
The bride and the groom.
The lovely and happy bride with her mostly pink floral bouquet.
Have a nice weekend! Hope you enjoyed coming to see my post today. Thanks again!

26 comments:

Chandy said...

Christine, I'll be joining you soon, around Texas midnight.

I love those pictures plus the pictures of the couple and that pretty place they were wed. I hope I can actually go to those places. You make it so tempting. ;-)

We'll have to stay put this summer... ;-( My husband's work schedule just changed and it'll take weeks to get used to it so we'll just be exploring the nearby cities for now...

Chandy said...

Btw, the logo looks great on your blog, glad you used it! ;-)

Keetha said...

Ooooo thank you sooooo much for the tour of Tallinn. Nope, I'd never heard of it before, but it is absolutely lovely. I LOVE the pink castle. (At least it looks pink to me.) Well - - - actually, I love EVERYTHING in all the pictures of Tallinn.

The wedding is also lovely.

susan said...

Loved seeing the wedding pictures!! Ours is coming up very soon and is also pink and green!! The "meant to bee" honey is a darling favor--no DIY projects for me though!

marty39 said...

Christine, the pictures of Estonia are just gorgeous. It is so fun to see you and your 2 sisters having such a good time together. The palace is gorgeous. Such fantastic detail and just beautiful.
The wedding looks absolutely beautiful. The bride looks so happy and John looks happy but reall touched by it all. I know you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

Jill said...

That fire place is amazing.


Your stepdaughter is absolutely beautiful and what a proud smile ond dad's face... priceless!

Smilingsal said...

You have such amazing travels.

Mary said...

All that I could see of the wedding was beautiful. Especially the bride! How wonderful to travel with your sisters:). That fireplace was indeed amazing. I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Sares said...

Beautiful tour once again. It looks like you and your sisters had an exciting trip. Do they travel as much as you do?

The wedding reception photos fit right in for Pink Saturday, how obliging of your step daughter to work that out for you, LOL!

Have a great Holiday weekend Christine and Happy Pink!

imjacobsmom said...

To great posts in one! I would join in on your sightseeing adventures, but I don't do anything or go anywhere - I live vicariously through you - but when I go to the Mall of America or up the north shore to Duluth I will be sure to snap a lot of pictures. Your lucky you have sisters to travel with. Now on to the wedding - (My wedding was Pink & Green, too back in the day.) Your stepdaughter was a very beautiful bride and the reception tablescapes were very pretty as well as her bouquet. ~ Robyn

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

YOu always tor us to such wonderful places :-) Looking through beautiful details, wonderful sculptures, structures very rich with history. Loving the tour :-)

I like the color theme of your step daughters wedding. I especially love her photo so happy holding her bouquet full of pinks!

(also have to add, the coconut cupcake would love to taste LoL. I don't think though we have that kind of mix here)

Happy PS!

maidenshade said...

Good morning! I'm stopping by to say hello, and HPS!

That castle is so beautiful. All your photos are wonderful Christine. The one with your sisters made me miss mine; ( I'm in Florida, one's in MN one's across the river from her in WI.

xJ
MaidenShade.wordpress.com

Linda said...

Fabulous pictures! I especially like the one of the roof tops - beautiful! And what a lovely wedding - great pics! Linda

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

You are so fortunate to have visited such a lovely place. The fireplace is magnificent! The Painting on the stairwell is to die for. Thanks for sharing such lovely pictures. Have a wonderful pink Saturday!

ButterYum said...

Super stunning photos... love the palace! Delightful wedding too, but what... no wedding cake photo? :)

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Pink Saturday ~ I hope you have a great weekend ~ Susan

Justine said...

Wow, what an interesting place to visit! but, what made you go there if you'd never even heard of it? That fireplace just blew me away!

Wow, your step daughter is gorgeous and hubby looks sooooooooooo proud of her! Love the table settings and her bouquet!

Justine :o )

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Christine,
Thanks for the tour of Estonia. It was fabulous! I especially liked the portrait of the Princess. How wonderful that you were able to travel with your sisters, too. Your stepdaughter's wedding looked beautiful and elegant. As always, I really enjoyed your posts!

Carrie said...

Oh, what wonderful pictures.

Hope you have a wonderful pink Saturday.

♥Mimi♥ said...

What a l♥vely Pink Saturday blog entry. This is the one day of the week when I get to sit for a couple of hours and soak in my favorite color. Thanks for being a part of that day☺

Wishing you and yours a wonderful family weekend. I will be remembering my father who served in WWII, and praying for all of our military who are in harms' way.

Elizabeth said...

Visiting for Pink Saturday, but loving your tour of Estonia! You are so fortunate to be able to see so much of the world!

Happy To Be said...

May you have a wonderful Memorial day weekend my dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

KBeau said...

Thanks for the tour of Tallinn. My middle son spent a summer there with Campus Crusade for Christ. Your pictures are much better than his. LOL!

What a great girls' trip.

Kimberly said...

I enjoyed your Sightseeing Saturday post! A couple of those Estonian buildings sure looked pink which I love! :) I love traveling, so I look forward reading up on your adventures. And I love weddings so I'll be checking out the wedding post you mentioned.

Happy Pink Saturday!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, what beautiful photos-of Estonia and of the wedding. My friend, Susie's, son went to Estonia several years ago on a mission trip. What a wonderful palace. That fireplace and that ceiling were stunning! The wedding and reception look so pretty. laurie

Beansieleigh said...

Oh I love weddings! The bride and everything around her looks absolutely beautiful! Love all the pinks! Happy Pink Saturday, and hope the week ahead is good to you!

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