It’s been a long old day today with some considerable milage covered. It’s quite late in the evening now and there is another 7am start, so I don’t quite have time to get all my thoughts out.

But in brief, the small part of Lahemaa National Park that we were able to cover today at times looked like something out of my fantasies. Wooden cabins, looking out over the Baltic Sea surrounded by woodlands. I could just imagine sitting in by a window in winter, wrapped in a blanket with a steaming cup of coco as the wind rushes through snow-capped trees. The reality would be somewhat different in this harsh environment, but a boy’s allowed to retain a little romance in his soul at times.

We arrived in Tartu early this evening and only have one night here. Having walked the city all of us agree that this is a hidden gem of a place and we would love to send more time here. But more about that later.

Tomorrow we head for Riga which we’ll use a base for the next three nights as we explore the surrounding area. This then marks my last night in Estonia and I leave with the impression of a passionate country that looks to both to celebrate its achievements and prior history since regaining its independence, but also one that that is forward looking and wanting to grow.

 

Written by Nezgsy

FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER, I WANTED TO SEE THE WORLD.... From early childhood I inherited a love of adventure movies, books and comics. I loved the action and excitement but I was equally fascinated by the places these took place. At first I was astonished to learn that many of of these fantastic places weren't just movie sets or products of the writers imagination, but real world places that could be visited, seen and touched. Growing up on a beautiful, but very small, island this was a revelation and from that point on I spent equally as much time borrowing books from the library to learn about these places. As I grew a little older and Micheal Palin started his seminal TV show - 'Around the World in 80 Days' - I was hooked, and knew that some day I wanted to have an adventure like his. I've been very fortunate that life has given me the chance to go out and see the world. I've been equally fortunate in discovering another passion in photography. My website - www.neilblakely.com is where I share these passions with all those people who also want to go out and see what lies over the horizon.

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