Saturday, December 28, 2013

Arkansas, Highway 9E


After enjoying beautiful Scenic Bypass 7, it is time to head back to Little Rock.


CAN Fall Foliage 076I make a right turn and let the camera run as I navigate a rolling and curving two lane road to enjoy more “Arkansas Fall Foliage” before the setting sun steals its awesome beauty.





Sunday, December 8, 2013

Estonia, A Wooden Submarine, A Wooden Submarine



CAN TLL Day 1 077Besides just enjoying this beautiful walled-in and fairytale city, I head over to Lennusadam to view a bit of Estonia’s maritime and military history.





At Seaplane Harbor about a twenty minute walk from Old Town I experience some very cool exhibits including a submarine built in1854. It is not a yellow submarine but more interestingly it is a wooden one.




2013-11-14 15.22.26A 1854 Wooden Submarine


Other neat ships here, Estonia’s first combat vessel, “The Griff” built in 1976 for the former Soviet KGB.


CAN TLL Day 1 081Also anchored here, Estonia’s  Flagship, an almost 100 year old icebreaker that is powered by steam.

This is definitely a one of a kind.








Friday, December 6, 2013

Estonia, The Dance Of Death



CAN TLL Day 1 065For a glimpse of Tallinn’s history, I take a walk to St Nicholas church which began construction in the early 13th century.








CAN TLL Day 1 069Beautiful Stained Glass


The church itself has it's own unique history including being bombed by the Soviets in World War II.


2013-11-14 13.35.11Housed here are some of the country's most famous art works and artifacts among which are beautiful gold and silver chalices and platters.







CAN TLL Day 1 075Danse Macabre


Danse Macabre, “The Dance Of Death” probably Tallinn's most famous medieval painting, at least a part of it, is also found here.

This painting that was the topic of many sermons reminds us that no matter what your status is in life, death unites us all.



Thursday, December 5, 2013

Estonia, A Late Night Introduction



2013-11-13 20.34.59Just a two hour ferry ride from Helsinki and I am in Tallinn, Estonia.






Surprisingly it is much colder here than in Helsinki although I have journeyed about 80 miles south.



2013-11-14 16.44.15By the time I settle into My City Hotel it is late in the evening.

However, this is a perfect time for me to bundle up and explore this medieval city by foot.




Down narrow streets that are softly light with amber lighting, I eventually make my way to a delicious serving of “Mojito Chicken Tango”.



2013-11-14 16.37.33Tallinn At Night


At midnight I am having some of the best wings I have ever tasted at Clazz Restaurant as I enjoy some musical tunes with an Estonian flavor.