Teasing all our Senses (OWPC: Food)

It’s more than simply just the food when eating out. This was very much the case when we were visiting Tallinn, Estonia. The ambiance in the 300 year-old restaurant complete with a true bread-basket together with the food was simply divine.

It’s said we eat with our eyes but on this particular night all five of our senses were tingling with delight. Food is the One Word Photo Challenge from Jennifer Nichole-Wells this week.

Ornate Tallinn Teacups (WPC)

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge word for this week is ORNATE. Scrolling through my thousands of photos looking for just one photo of something ornate, one thing became apparently clear, ornate things obviously don’t pique my interest.

For unique and different there were loads to choose from but not so much ornate. Then I stumbled upon this uniquely different but also ORNATE revolving tea-cup display complete with teaspoons.

Ornate Clock

It was simply beautiful. As was the coffee shop come chocolate shop it was in. Each day I was in Tallinn, almost wherever I went exploring I’d first have to walk past this display and every day I would stop to admire it.

 

 

 

 

This really says it ALL!!!

We couldn’t help but smile after spotting this painted on the side of a building as we proceeded to the look-out above the Medieval Old City of Tallinn.

The Times we had!!!

It really did sum up our wonderful visit to Tallinn, Estonia. There are so many more photographs I would love to share but even from where I sit here at the end of the channel I can sense if I did there would be an enormous outcry of… “mum, how much longer?”

3 Sisters Hotel – Tallinn, Estonia

Somehow I don’t think it would have mattered what the hotel was like, simply being positioned in the Medieval Old City would have been enough. However Hubby’s choice of The 3 Sisters certainly didn’t hurt. Originally it was three merchant houses that have since been joined to create this unique and wonderful hotel.

The 3 Sisters Hotel - Tallinn, Estonia

There is a little bit of what can only be assumed as “original structure” dotted around the hotel. Take these three steps for example that are now flush against the wall above the restaurant doorway. The seeming lead only to a window…

3 Sisters Stairs to Nowhere

The old beams and stone-work of yesteryear in our room intertwined with both the sprinkler and electrical systems of today.

3 Sisters Frame Work highlighting the old and the new

There were old doors beside new doors.

3 Sisters old and new of doors

There was an elevator in the hotel but who could resist gracing a stair-case such as this?! If only I’d packed my ball gown, dang it! 🙂

3 Sisters  with their beautifully curved Stairs

All holidays however come down to the meals – breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and it didn’t disappoint here. How could it when there were bottles of prosecco out with the buffet spread – now that’s MY kind of hotel!

3 Sisters Breakfast Buffet - oh dee-lish!

Once satisfied with your culinary choices, you would then proceed to another little area to dine where this was the view from our table.

3 Sister view from the breakfast table through to the court yardThe evening meals were taken in the actual dining room itself. This being our preferred table with the most amazing candle-holder beside it in the window frame.

3 Sisters Dining Room - oh yea!

Oh and the meals, they were NOTHING like we could have EVER imagined. They were a treat not just to eat but to see – steak and veg has never been so exquisite!

3 Sisters steak and vegies as never tasted so good

And as I sit and dream of these meals of an afternoon, I hear my children pacing the kitchen, inquiring… “mum, how much longer?”

Old but so very much revered!

Walking around a city that has a history that can be dated back to the 12th Century, one is bound to come across a building or such that looks as old as time itself.

Old but certainly not forgotten!

Naturally of course there can be little left that is originally from that time period but some structures certainly give their best attempt at looking hundreds and hundreds of years old. With the exception of the very new, very basic letter-box which oddly, was the only part of this building to have graffiti. Go figure!

Old old gate, shame about the new letterbox!

The majority of buildings have been restored but there is still the odd one here and there as you can see in need of some tender loving care.

Old store front, oh the stories I'm sure it could tell!

Of all the questions I could have asked as I wandered around Tallinn, a city still very much “a work in progress“, the one question I would never ask since I love the contrast of the old and new would be… “mum, how much longer?”

Enduring City Walls!

First off, today is my Darling Mother’s birthday so a big shout her to her – HAPPY BIRTHDAY NANNY – 83 years young and not looking a day over 70! This is a favorite photo of her that I took when I met she and dad in Cairo to tour Egypt together before continuing on with me to London to stay with me.

Lola ticking a bucket list item at Giza, EygptEgypt, what an incredible country that one is. This was my second visit to Egypt, having been there the previous year when I flew into Cairo before touring Israel on my way down to explore Africa. Ah yes, they were the days… {{ sigh}}

The Sphinx was undergoing MAJOR renovations (read REMAKE) at the time but looking at the Pyramid of Giza in the background it reminded me of the walls that surround the Medieval Old City of Tallinn. (Nice segue huh? LOL!)

City Wall Tower Corner

It’s absolutely incredible to think a wall this old is still so relatively intact. This walkway near Helleman Tower illustrates how different sections have been remodeled over the years to accommodate we tourists!

City Wall Walkway

Epping Tower, with its hand-made armour and interactive exhibition was located just behind our hotel and was at the top of the list of “must see” attractions but unfortunately was closed during our visit.

Tallinn City Wall - Epping Tower

Not to worry as it was still impressive from the outside. We wandered further up this lane-way but quickly doubled-back out of respect for this group standing with a hearse. A sobering reminded to us that this beautiful city is not just a “working” tourist attraction but is also called home by many.

City Wall Journeys end for somewhere

If I’d been asked what the length of this wall measured in total I would have said at least 5km but surprisingly it’s less than half at 2km. This city without doubt contains so VERY much that I’d love the opportunity to return and explore more. Hmmm… “mum, how much longer?”