11 October 2018
We had breakfast at the same cafe near the Swedish Theatre, then went back to the hotel to finish packing. We walked down to the ferry terminal in brilliant sunshine, then popped into a Subway for a coffee and a breather, but by the time we came out a dense but shallow fog had rolled in from the sea, so visibility was down to a few metres in no time flat.
At the terminal we checked in and went up a long escalator to the cafe and waiting early. As usual we were ridiculously early, so the concourse should have been empty. But to our amusement a large film crew were there, filming scenes for something or other, with two stars and a load of extras they had walking up and down and looking as bored and aimless as people do in these places. It was entertaining, in a strange way, with the director shouting instructions in Finnish. We had to guess what he had said from what everyone then did! It ws finally a wrap, and they all melted away.
The ferry finally arrived, we saw a vague shape materialise through the huge windows of the terminal. Soon we got on, found a table, had some lunch, and hoped to see something of the Baltic. Not a hope. We could barely see the waves outside the ship as we zipped along at nearly 23 knots. Two hours later we arrived in Tallinn, fell into a taxi and found our hotel, just beside the bus station, a tram line, and the old town. We chilled for a bit, settled into the room, then went for a walk in the old town, which is spectacular, quirky, reminiscent of a German town, with narrow gables end on to the town square. It reminded me a bit of Tübingen, and I was surprised, I expected it to be a lot more Russian in style. The fog had disappeared just before we got off the ship. It was lovely and sunny, then dark by 6.15. We are two hours ahead of the UK here.
We chose a restaurant on a small square with outside tables, and had duck in blackcurrant sauce for dinner. Lovely, and amazing to be eating outside on 11 October in northern Europe!
Tomorrow we meet Vassily, our tour guide, and our fellow tourists. The journey continues..........