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PHOTO GALLERY:
Our Honeymoon part 2 :
Saaremaa Islands, Tartu & Parnu (Estonia)
July 2005


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This photogallery consists of many photos taken from part of our honeymoon in the Baltic. This photogallery show photos specifically from some towns or cities in Estonia, namely Tartu and Parnu and also our 2 day stay in the large islands of Saaremaa between the 10th and 11th July. We stayed most at the town of Kuressaare situated on the largest of the archipelago. Here there is a very old bishop castle. We also stayed at Panga camping site which was very cosy, relaxing and surrounded by trees, birds, and also situated very near the coast which provides magnificent sunsets. We also visited a site called Kaali where a meteorite had fallen and formed a crater. There are also several photos from the city of Tartu (2nd largest city of Estonia), where we stayed a night and the following day (15th July) and some photos of another town we passed by, that is Parnu. Probably the stay in Saaremaa islands were our most beautiful days of our honeymoon trip.

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Our Honeymoon part 2 - Saaremaa Islands, Parnu, Tartu and other towns in Estonia and Latvia (Jul/05)
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Saaremaa - literally Land of Islands - is the second biggest island in the Baltic Sea with an area of 2 668 square km. At the same time Saaremaa is the biggest island of the Republic of Estonia and situated close to the western coast of the mainland of Estonia. The nearest point on the mainland is the harbour of Virtsu, 8 km away. Actually there are 2 islands, Muhu (closest to Estonia) and Saaremaa itself, the largest island which fortunately are both connected by a bridge.

At the west part of Muhu there is a small 'museum village of few cottages called Koguva . The cottages are maintained in their old fashion and although some people live here, they are not allowed to refurbish. This large green cottage is the main museum of Koguva.

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Our Honeymoon part 2 - Saaremaa Islands, Parnu, Tartu and other towns in Estonia and Latvia (Jul/05)
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A nice photo of me and Malin near a typical cottage in Koguva, situated in peaceful countryside. The only things you can hear are birds, wind and occasional buzzing of insects or dog bark.

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Another photo from Koguva showing a cottage and man-operated well using a bar and pivot system.

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More cottages from Koguva in Muhu island.

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An old cobweb in old Koguva village.

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After leaving Koguva we passed from Muhu to Saaremaa island over the connecting bridge and drove about 80km to arrive to Kuressaare - the main town of the island situated at the South. We arrived late and could not find (and had not enough time) to find a suitable hotel so we decided to sleep in the car in a park near Kuressaare castle, seen here at the background.

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Kuressaare castle silhouette by the sunset skies. Today (Saturday 9th July) was the castle day and there were many activities going on, but we came here around 9pm and so we did not have the opportunity to watch any activities. However there were still a group of youths who camped nearby the castle still dressed up for the occasion in traditional clothes and singing loudly (driven by some beer of course) medieval - sounding 'poems' before they went to sleep. So at least we enjoyed something of "Castle Day" day

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Photo of the city map. Very useful if the tourist information is closed and need a reference map. At the centre there is well indicated a small 'island' where the castle of Kuressaare is located. I am not sure if that is actually a natural island or a man-made moat around the castle.

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This is the front face of the Episcopal castle of Kuressaare . It served as a residence for the bishop of Estonia for many centuries. The castle was built of chiselled dolomite blocks in the late 14th century in gothic style architecture. The basic plan of the building is a square with sides 43 metres. There are two towers on the northern side of the building: The Watch Tower, also called Tall Herman, and the Defence Tower or Sturvolt.

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Our Honeymoon part 2 - Saaremaa Islands, Parnu, Tartu and other towns in Estonia and Latvia (Jul/05)
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This is the entrance door of the castle, with a dark brown balcony above which probably served as a watch-out to pull up or down the iron gate. Nowadays the castle is a large museum which takes 2-3 hours to visit it all. This was my favourite museum in whole Estonia and Latvia.




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