Drove to Tartu - that involved retracing my steps of yesterday for the best part of an hour which I always think is a waste of diesel. However the alternative was using a Web of small roads following the Russian border n I thought maybe I'd chanced my luck enough! Had my very own low, dark, grey cloud as a travelling companion and it dumped wet snow n hail from time to time. My goodness the chill factor is amazing!
Got settled on my parking (had to download another
parking app) - 3€/24hrs. There's a farmer's market next door which seems to be open all week so hopefully pick up eggs, maybe some milk tomorrow.
Tartu hasn't the same appeal as Tallinn but the TO has made a good job of creating a tourist walk to take in the interesting features. I had an Estonian dish Tön (pronounced tin) - or maybe that just means 'vegetarian option'! It was mashed potato with kidney beans, onion, mushrooms n a tomato sauce topped with cheese n grilled. I thought it was very tasty tho the girl in the TO said people tend not to like Estonian food.
A lot of the architecture seemed classical to me tho that may not be the correct term.
It's very much a university town - apparently the man who founded it confused everyone in his opening speech by saying the university should be open to peasants as well as the aristocracy 👍 The students look to be gearing up for a raucous night, many of them dressed up as furniture.... Yes, chests of drawers, beds, fridges, cupboards.... Made out of cardboard. And everyone running to get somewhere.
TG I'm past it!! And hopefully beyond the reach of any boom-boom music. They had some loud rap going on as I came thro the main square this evening and a gentleman who'd lifted what was probably a cello and a music stand from the back of his car - his poor face had such a pained expression on it! (probably mirrored my own!)
Tartu is a European city of Culture in 2024
The observatory. Apparently they were ahead of the game in that field at one stage
He founded the uni n shocked everyone in his opening speech by saying it should be for peasants as well as aristocracy 👍
The old cathedral now museum
The stone for sacrifice - I didn't hang around!
One of the oldest buildings, now a museum as an historical family home