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Kadriog Palace

Ceramic stove - Kadriog Palace Museum

Busts of Robert Burns & Sean Connery on walkway to Lieb

Lieb Entrance

Town Square Market in the Rain

Tall Herman

We stayed in for breakfast this morning as Judi B scrambled eggs, cut up fresh fruit and I toasted some bread! Our plan for the day is to do the hop-off, hop- on bus to tour some areas outside of Old Town. We start out on the Green Line with the first stop Kadriorg Palace, a Petrine Baroque Palace built for Catherine 1 of Russia by Peter the Great. The Palace currently houses foreign art from the 16th and 20th centuries. The name of the Palace translates in Russian and also in Estonian into Catherine's Valley. The Palace sits on some beautiful gardens and grounds that also is home to the KUMU Museum, which displays Estonian art from the 18th century on. As we are waiting at the bus stop we are engaged in conversation with a gentleman from Garden Grove, CA a neighboring community of ours (small world). Then it is back on the bus and back to Old Town - we opted to not get off at any of the other stops as in our opinion none warranted a stop of an hour (the time until the next bus). Now it is lunch time and as we are walking back into the 'pedestrian only' zone there are many police and black vehicles (we assume it is someone important but don't know - check tomorrow's blog to find out)! After our lunch of pizza and caprese, we take the red line bus to the first stop at Toompea Castle to see the Castle and Tall Herman! The castle has been in use since the 9th century and currently houses the Estonian Parliament. Tall Hermann is one of the original towers of the Castle and hilltop fortification. In the 18th century Baroque additions were made thus the front looks completely different from the back! As it is lightly sprinkling and we have no umbrellas we head home through the Town Square, where it is Market day and vendors are covering up their wares to keep them dry. Home to rest prior to going to dinner. We had made reservations at Lieb which is billed as simple soul food run by two 'foodies' that pair their dishes with beer or wine. Lieb is the very delicious Estonian black bread! The restaurant in what use to be the home of the Scottish Club thus busts of Robert Burns and Sean Connery greet you as you walk through the lovely garden to the entrance. The restaurant serves local fresh food. Judi B had Spring Cabbage stew with mushrooms and buckwheat; I had grilled quail with carrots, potatoes and thinly sliced green and yellow squash - both dishes paired with wine. Of course we had to try dessert - Judi B had goat cheese curd with blueberries on cookie and I had chocolate cake with fresh fruit and after dinner drinks of grand mariner and homemade black currant liqueur. What a delicious meal and lovely evening for $84! Food prices in Estonia are quite reasonable! JC

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