Making Strides in Tallinn

In a crazy political time, it’s refreshing to see some progress of anything positive getting done by the political higher ups – whether or not if they have political appointments. In this case, it was making strides in Tallinn.

I thought it timely to read that 2nd Lady Karen Pense is traveling throughout Eastern Europe and Tallinn, where I just was, to learn about and bring attention to art therapy.

Art Therapy is a relatively new field in this area of the world and they are starting to see the benefits for participants as well as those involved as therapists.

There was no way for me to notice this at the time in Tallinn, although I was told that Estonia is known for its high-tech innovation. It’s where Skype was created.

What I noticed was a town with medieval roots, as seen in the bucolic cobblestone streets of its Old Town at the top of the hill.

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Old Town of Tallinn

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Medieval Fortress

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Tallinn Church

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One of the steepest streets

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Tallinn Market

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Dragon downspouts

However, down below in the main part of the business district and on the outskirts of town, there was a time warp with areas stuck in post Soviet style mixed with modern architecture.

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Mix of old and new parts of town

The Soviet Flashback was the most interesting tour we took. It was given by an innovative entrepreneur who had the last remaining Soviet bus. This is where our tour started with the guys pushing it to get it started and then vodka shots. His performance, while dressed in a Soviet guard uniform, was a parody of what life was like under Soviet regime controlling Estonia. It was not a happy time and it’s still raw for people here to remember that many family members and friends were sent to prison for simply flying an Estonian flag.

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Soviet Bus

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Soviet Flashback tour guide

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Our guide in front of the last remaining Soviet monument

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Tallinn Prison

Unwelcoming concrete barriers exit along the shoreline. These are coincidentally pictured in front of the Walt Disney Cruise ship. Graffiti from earlier days and the revolution decorate some outskirt streets. Our guide was one of the revolutionaries who stood up to the Russians in a peaceful demonstration that called attention to their plight and eventually ended Russia’s control.

Concrete barriers welcome the Walt Disney cruise ship on AIE

Concrete barriers welcome the Walt Disney cruise ship

Graffiti in Tallinn on Art Is Everywhere

Graffiti in Tallinn

The Freedom Cross was a striking picture as we turned the corner going out of town and back to our ship. Tallinn is a place I’d like to return.

Freedom Cross in Tallinn on AIE

Freedom Cross in Tallinn

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Merry Christmas from the City of Lights

Picking up from my last post, my husband had a lot more pictures while at the COP21 Conference in Paris.

I thought they would be worth sharing in a post to express a Merry Christmas from the City of Lights.

In Paris COP21 country flag columns on Art Is Everywhere

Country flags decorate COP21 conference columns.

Trees and green projection at COP21 conference in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

Could this be Obscura Digital with the Racing Extinction folks projecting green and trees onto conference buildings?

Torch-like street lights make the streets festive in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

Torch-like street lights make the streets festive.

This is a crazy street scene, typical of driving in Paris. I’m not sure how it was filmed. Where’s the median?

 

Polar bear window display in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

Window displays simply and beautifully celebrate the winter holiday season…

Fashionable window display in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

… and dressing up…

Christmas display in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

… and Christmas

Notre Dame at night on Art Is Everywhere

Notre Dame at night is breathtaking with its intricate architecture.

Side view of Notre Dame at night on Art Is Everywhere

On the Seine on Art Is Everywhere

Along the Seine

Church facade in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

Church facade

Hector Guimaud's famous Metropolitan Metro entrance in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

Hector Guimaud’s famous Metropolitan Metro entrance

Montmartre on Art Is Everywhere

Montmartre

Beautiful mosaics inside Montmartre on Art Is Everywhere

Beautiful mosaics inside

Arc de Triomphe on Art Is Everywhere

Arc de Triomphe

Even the architectural coverups are artistic in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

Even the architectural coverups are artistic

A view from the top of Arc de Triomphe on Art Is Everywhere

A view from the top of the Arc…

... and an Eiffel Tower half visible in fog on Art Is Everywhere

… and an Eiffel Tower half visible in fog

View of the electric Champs Élysées on Art Is Everywhere

View of the electric Champs Élysées

 

Paris' Eternal Flame at the Arc on Art Is Everywhere

Paris’ Eternal Flame at the Arc

It’s so great to see Parisians celebrating life and this festive Christmas season.

What would Christmas be without people, friends and family and…

Parisian people and Christmas lights on Art Is Everywhereexceptional food as in this delectable French menu and…

A menu of delectible Parisian food on Art Is Everywhereand wonderful wine, bien sur!

Glorious French wine on Art Is EverywhereTo end, a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower is all decked out in red.

Miniature Eiffel Tower in Red on Art Is EverywhereWishing you a Merry Christmas!