The Old Town
When telling an urban story, include people
Starting photographers often make the mistake of telling an urban story where buildings are the stars, leaving out the inhabitants and consequently creating a set of images that lack soul.
Sampling a spicy cure for drunkenness
Outside the Olde Hansa restaurant in Tallinn a duo of medieval "wenches" are encouraging passers-by to sample their wares. One holds out a long wooden spoon. “Sweet almonds?’ she asks.
Layers of history and change
Old Tallinn is carefully protected nowadays, but any building work that does take place tends to reveal something of interest for the archeologists.
Tallinn is a gem for foodies
In the old center of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, I have arranged to meet Alvar Hanson, a culinary enthusiast who organizes an annual competition entitled Flavours of Estonia that every year selects the country’s 50 best restaurants.
Telling hard truths without pointing fingers
The Museum of Occupations, the first permanent visitor attraction to be created in Tallinn following Estonian independence in 1992, is the place to learn more about the Soviet occupation of Estonia.
This symbol of the invader survives – and thrives
Tallinn’s Aleksandr Nevsky Cathedral sits atop Toompea Hill, dominating the city skyline. A picturesque landmark to visitors, it means a lot more than that to Estonians.
Rich culture, natural beauty and fine food
Hello Estonia, where the capital Tallinn has one of the best-preserved medieval city centers in the world. Freed from Soviet occupation in 1991 after the “Singing Revolution”, the country has thrown off its past and embraced a national identity founded on a rich culture, natural beauty and fine food.