96 hours in… in Tallinn, Estonia Pt.2

Last leg of our New Years trip brings our last two days in Estonia. Read Pt 1 here. Read our day trip to Helsinki here.

Day 3 – Happy New Year

Our New Years Eve was spent walking around Tallinn zoo before heading over to the big shopping centre opposite for food, I can think of worst ways to spend your day. The zoo is only a short ride on the bus and the stop is just opposite the entrance.

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A day in… Helsinki, Finland

On our second day in Tallinn, we headed across on the ferry to Helsinki, Finland. It was super easy, having bought our tickets online before we left for Estonia. On the day it was just a case of simply heading down to the port, which we had checked out the day before so we knew where to go.

After fighting our way through the queues to get on the ferry we then saw everyone run off, people were upstairs, downstairs, in the bar, in the restaurant and the window sills. It soon became clear that seating was limited as after 10 minutes it all settled down and many people were sitting (or sleeping) on the floor.

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96 hours in… Tallinn, Estonia Pt.1

Here we are in June and yes, I am writing about Christmas and New Year’s! Here in the UK we have been having glorious sunny and hot weather so it seems an odd time to now be posting about our travels last Christmas… but here we are.

I feel the first thing I should mention is… Nick does not do Christmas. If I get him to participate in anything at Christmas I count it as a win. So when few weeks before Nick announces he is surprising me with a News Year’s Eve trip to Tallinn, Estonia as my Christmas present to say I was shocked was an understatement.

So, work finished for Christmas and week after it’s off to Tallinn!

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Festival of Lights – Berlin, Germany

Despite just missing Oktoberfest, I am so glad we were there to experience the Festival of Lights. All around Berlin landmarks are cleverly transformed using light projections straight onto the building themselves.

Every night we were there we would just walk around for hours trying to find all the sights with light shows. Our favourite was the Brandenburg gate which we would make a special journey nearly every night before bed just to see the lights, as the moving projection fitted perfectly with the pillars and was so colourful. Some buildings even had music accompanying the light projection which just added to the overall atmosphere.

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A day in… Monte Carlo, Monaco

After a great breakfast and waiting at the bus stop in the massive queue we finally got on the bus and was riding along the coast. We arrived in scorching Monte Carlo and our first thought was where to start?

Nick had already visited both Nice and Monaco a few months beforehand so had a rough idea of where certain spots were and places to go. We spent most of the morning just walking around and doing a loop, this was however slow going due to the heat of the day.

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How we… book our holidays

Most of our planning happens while we’re still on holiday. We’re already looking to the next place, next country and next trip.

We both have now, unintentionally, found our ‘roles’ when it comes to holiday planning. Nick is logistics man, if you need flights, transfers or use of public transport he’s the one to call. Me, I’m more excursions and entertainment. I can be logistically minded, as hotels falls to me, but I can find lists of things to see from one quick search.

As you read, you will most likely find these steps are along the same lines to what you would expect flights, hotel etc. Obviously you need flights and somewhere to stay, they are a given, but what about all the little things?

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96 hours in… Rome, Italy

Another trip back in time to March 2016, when we travelled to Rome for another of our long weekend getaways.

Our holiday may have got off to a slow start, with a long wait for our coach and a walk across Rome to our hotel (awful idea with suitcases and mildly put cobbled streets) but you would be unsurprised to know it is a fast moving city…literally. If its not the mopeds, its the taxis and if its not the taxis its the segways zooming along.

We visited all of the well known tourist sites, the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Trevi fountain, the Vatican, the Pantheon and The Spanish steps. We soon got our bearings though and could walk around and work our way back to our ‘checkpoint’ building, putting to rest my fear of getting lost.

From this trip a few tips came to mind, so I thought instead of a day by day (mostly taken up by walking) I would set it out in chronological tips. Continue reading “96 hours in… Rome, Italy”