Monday, November 26, 2018

Thursday, August 2, 2018 – Tallinn, Estonia – Partly Cloudy – 84F

The weather continues to be wonderful.

Celebrity Eclipse is docked in a different port today or the port has been renovated. There are at least four other ships here today: The Viking Sun, the German ship Mein Schiff Mirabella, another German ship – the Europa; and the Costa Magica.

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Tallinn From the Ship

We are still pretty tired from our Moscow trip so no tours scheduled today.

According to the Celebrity Today and Shorex personnel, the distance to the city is not really walkable so the port is providing a shuttle to the city center for $10 pp round trip. I’m going to take the shuttle and Ellen will stay on the ship today.

I bought my ticket on the pier and caught the shuttle right away. The trip was supposed to take about 20 minutes but we got to the drop off point in about 5 minutes. The walk did look difficult and it was warm so the shuttle did look like a good idea.

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Shuttle Drop/Pick Up Location

I started to walk toward the entrance to the Old City and ran across a nice looking spa. I noticed than an hour massage cost only 30 Euros so I asked whether they had any availability. They did and I got a wonderful – and actual hour long – Swedish massage from a very tall Estonian woman, who spoke little English. The place was clean – clean washroom with soap and paper towels – and the staff friendly. My therapist was surprised by the 5 Euro tip.

From the spa, I walked to the gates of the Old Town – the main street was crowded – there were a lot of ships and here with a lot of passengers.

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Street Leading to Main Square

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Old Town Gates

I wanted to get a local beer but the cafes and bars were pretty crowded so I decided – it was getting close to lunch time – to take the shuttle back to the ship.

I texted Ellen to tell her I was returning and after a fifteen minute wait for the shuttle to leave, the bus made its way back (only about 2 minutes to get back).

We had lunch in the Oceanview Café – tuna salad, Cesar salad, egg salad, and a slice of pizza.

Found some very comfortable seats in the Solarium and I am continuing to make progress on “Night School”.

While, we were up there, we heard some thunder and soon we saw the first precipitation of our cruise – light showers.

Late in the afternoon, we went off ship to check out the vendors just off the end of the pier – picked up some magnets and other goodies at reasonable prices.

We watched the sail away from the Solarium – the Gulf of Finland was incredibly smooth – not a ripple.

We changed for dinner in the Oceanview Café – I had a pasta prepared for me – again the best thing are the cherry tomatoes.

We passed on the production show – “Topper” – as we saw it the last time we were on the ship.

Instead, we went up to the Sky Lounge to read and watch the water go by.  I finished “Night School” – I was a little disappointed that Reacher didn’t have more 10 on 1 fights with tough guys but the ending was satisfying and very timely. I started “The Defector”, the ninth book in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva.

Clocks go backwards tonight.

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