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.
We’ve always been fascinated by doorways and what they have to say. It doesn’t take an architect or etymologist to know that the facade is the face of a building, and if this is so, then the door can be the beguiling lipstick that enchants visitors.
Our first trip to Europe was a whirlwind, 14-day, 6-country Eurail Pass-stoked attempt to see and do everything. Those were the days of boundless energy, endless curiosity, limited time, and scarce funds.
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.