23 April 2011

CRF: Estonia

"CRF" is not a crime show you've never heard of, it stands for "Cutting Room Floor." Below are some of our favorite pics that never made the blog. We figured we'd reminisce a little while we're home for a visit. (Back in Europe April 26th).
Estonia was probably our favorite of the Baltic countries - we were there at christmastime, during a period of heavy snowfall and very little light. When the sun came up, it was magnificent. The sky had a pure, frozen quality that we liked. This picture was taken in Tartu, on a morning that we almost left the cameras at home. Soon after, we got nearly three feet of snow.
There were a lot of pictures - for whatever reason - that we could never fit into the Tallinn posts. This was a favorite, but it has nothing to do with anything else, so it ends up here.
We go to a lot of museums, but the toy museum in Tartu really stood out. It was a great collection and very well displayed. Someone must have had a lot of fun setting up all these little dioramas.

After a surfeit of castles in Latvia, we never got a good castle-hunt together. It would have been nice to do a post about the town walls of Tallinn, but it was hard to get any perspective on them because the streets in the old town are so narrow and have grown around the walls and engulfed them.
There were old women selling mittens and socks at all of the markets. We loved the patterns and colors. These mittens were purchased as gifts for our family - so we couldn't post a picture until after the holidays were over.
This was just a strange mannequin in the KGB cell museum in Tartu.
It was a beautiful christmas season, with long nights filled with christmas lights and lots of hoogvien.

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