A couple days later the groom's brother was good enough to take us around Tallinn for some touring in areas we hadn't been to. Rotermann Quarter, near Old Town was a neighborhood of shopping, restaurants and cafes marrying old industrial buildings with new glass and steel refurbishment very reminiscent of Philadelphia's own Piazza. From there we jumped a bus to Kohvik Park and rambled by the Swan Pond, Kadriorg Palace and The Presidential Palace. Before a summer storm rained down on us we were on the bus again, this time heading out of the city to spend the evening at the Viimsi Tervis Spa. After paddling through the pool, soaking in a jacuzzi, steaming away in mineral salt and juniper saunas I was positively content. That night I slept like a baby.
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The wedding was Saturday afternoon in Old Town and was held in the Brotherhood of Blackheads. The building was just lovely and the wedding was a straightforward, elegant and festive affair. The ceremony and reception both took place under one roof. After vows were exchanged the guests were given champagne to toast the newlyweds and shortly after, dinner and dancing commenced in the room downstairs. Fueled with a tasty buffet and Estonian vodka, we celebrated into the early morning.
The day after the wedding was our first time exploring the waterfront in Tallinn. We strolled the park near our apartment and came across the Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour. We didn't go in for the official tour but instead popped in the gift shop after a having a coffee on the terrace upstairs. Plenty of old boats and maritime effects to see here, all directly by the water. We followed the coastline and walked on a path that took us behind the old Patarei Prison. A little further down we stopped where a bit of beach crept out from the sea and sunned ourselves while watching locals share picnics and conversation. A seemingly crazy man exercised on the sand and repeatedly jumped in the the frigid water. Boats and cruise ships came and went. We stood up, stretched our legs and continued walking back towards the city in search of cold beer.
Tartu and even more, the quaint seaside town of Pärnu.