For towns hoping to preserve any period of history, the trick is maintaining authenticity: castles, churches, shops, and streets – all must fit the time.
Our love affair with historical architecture began in New Orleans, Louisiana. We lived in a classic, hundred-year old shotgun house, and each day walked through the Garden District to St. Charles Avenue to catch the streetcar.
If you enjoy Medieval architecture, all it takes is a view through the City Gate into Old Town Tallinn, Estonia to realize what a treat lies ahead.
Just when I think I’ve seen it all, another weird and wonderful bit of exotica pops up. Quail, chicken, or ostrich?
How could anyone object to this beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedral? It’s certainly a spectacular building, but in Tallinn, Estonia in 1900, it sent a loud-and-clear political message to an unruly Baltic territory: Czar Alexander III and his Russian government were in control.
I’ve had a lifelong love of science, and it travels with me wherever I go. My natural curiosity and scientific training lead me to look beyond what’s happening and ask why it’s happening. This is fun (for me at least), because it turns the world around me into my own science lab. Here’s an example.
If you’re like me you may not speak Estonian. Consequently you may think that this handsome pub in Tallinn only attracts bikers and the leather crowd. Not true!