Estonia- The Extraordinarily Beautiful

The dreams that your soul designs are so colorful and charming that they are defined as the best things in your life followed by passion , laughter and joys. I always dream traveling ,writing and capturing the moments. From the fresh gardens of the flowers to the smell of the sandy beaches , from the decorated centers of the earth to the heights of the sky and from beautiful people to the incredible architecture ,the universe has given us so much to absorb ,decorate,explore and learn.I love Europe for its unique beauty and historical values. There’s is so much to learn ,enjoy and explore.

Beyond the fact that Estonia is one of the most beautiful places in Europe it also has this charismatic charm ,the inexplicable architecture and the prettiest faces with smiles and giggles that makes it unique and irresistible.Figuratively speaking its beauty is as highly ranked as “A bride from Heaven” that has the beauty that none other can have, it is  unique ,refreshing and magnificently scented with harmony and peace.Apart from a billion reasons why I want to visit Estonia ,following are a few to know.

  • The only country in the world to offer e-residency.

  • The first country to adopt online voting.

  • World Cleanup Day, with 150 countries participating next year, was conceived in Estonia.

  • Estonia is a digital society: less hassle means time better spent.

  • World-changing start-ups originate from Estonia: TransferWise, GrabCAD, Fortumo, Pipedrive, Starship Technologies, and Skype.

  • Estonia’s UNESCO world heritage capital city Tallinn was granted city rights in the 13th century by the King of Denmark. Since then, the streets of Tallinn have seen many world powers, from the Danes and Swedes to Germans, and tsarist and Soviet Russia. Tallinn Old Town is filled with medieval houses and alleyways and is still protected by the remnants of the city wall. The wealth of architecture in Tallinn means that there are many legends and stories to explore.

  • Estonians love their forests, bogs and all the creatures that live there such as lynxes, brown bears, wolves, foxes, rabbits and deers. It’s right to say that Estonians come with a tree hugging trait.

  • Estonia is the only Baltic country with far-stretching and deep rooted island culture. Although mostly uninhabited, Estonian islands tend to be rural, with some holding traces of local Viking and medieval culture.

  • Estonian Song and Dance Celebration is the local signature event and a reason why Estonians are often referred to as the “singing nation”. The uniqueness of this mesmerizing event has even earned the song and dance celebration a place at UNESCO’s prestigious list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

  • While Estonia has a great range of historical churches, only over a quarter of the population are affiliated with a particular religion, with Lutheranism being most prevalent among Estonians in particular.

Geography

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Estonia lies on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea immediately across the Gulf of Finland from Finland on the level northwestern part of the rising East European platform between 57.3° and 59.5° N and 21.5° and 28.1° E. Average elevation reaches only 50 metres (164 ft) and the country’s highest point is the Suur Munamägi in the southeast at 318 metres (1,043 ft). There is 3,794 kilometres (2,357 mi) of coastline marked by numerous bays, straits, and inlets. The number of islands and islets is estimated at some 2,355 (including those in lakes). Two of them are large enough to constitute separate counties: Saaremaa and Hiiumaa.A small, recent cluster of meteorite craters, the largest of which is called Kaali is found on Saaremaa, Estonia.

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Snow cover, which is deepest in the south-eastern part of Estonia, usually lasts from mid-December to late March. Estonia has over 1,400 lakes. Most are very small, with the largest, Lake Peipus, being 3,555 km2 (1,373 sq mi). There are many rivers in the country. The longest of them are Võhandu (162 km or 101 mi), Pärnu (144 km or 89 mi), and Põltsamaa (135 km or 84 mi). Estonia has numerous fens and bogs. Forest land covers 50% of Estonia.The most common tree species are pine, spruce and birch.

Culture

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The culture of Estonia incorporates indigenous heritage, as represented by the Estonian language and the sauna, with mainstream Nordic and European cultural aspects. Because of its history and geography, Estonia’s culture has been influenced by the traditions of the adjacent area’s various Finnic, Baltic, Slavic and Germanic peoples as well as the cultural developments in the former dominant powers Sweden and Russia.

Today, Estonian society encourages liberty and liberalism, with popular commitment to the ideals of the limited government, discouraging centralized power and corruption. The Protestant work ethic remains a significant cultural staple, and free education is a highly prized institution. Like the mainstream culture in the other Nordic countries, Estonian culture can be seen to build upon the ascetic environmental realities and traditional livelihoods, a heritage of comparatively widespread egalitarianism out of practical reasons and the ideals of closeness to nature and self-sufficiency.

Food

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Similar to Finland, Kama is one of the most distinctive national foods of Estonia

Historically, the cuisine of Estonia has been heavily dependent on seasons and simple peasant food, which today is influenced by many countries. Today, it includes many typical international foods.The most typical foods in Estonia are black bread, pork, potatoes, and dairy products.Traditionally in summer and spring, Estonians like to eat everything fresh – berries, herbs, vegetables, and everything else that comes straight from the garden. Hunting and fishing have also been very common, although currently hunting and fishing are enjoyed mostly as hobbies. Today, it is also very popular to grill outside in summer.

Traditionally in winter, jams, preserves, and pickles are brought to the table. Gathering and conserving fruits, mushrooms, and vegetables for winter has always been popular, but today gathering and conserving is becoming less common because everything can be bought from stores. However, preparing food for winter is still very popular in the countryside.

Tallinn Old Town

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Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia and a perfect holiday destination if you want to combine the comforts of modern world, versatile nightlife and luxurious adventures with rich cultural scene in the local historical setting.First established in the early medieval era, today’s Tallinn is an exciting mix of old and new. Here’s the good news: with Tallinn being such a compact, green capital, you can cover a lot in just a weekend and enjoy short scenic strolls while at it.Tallinn Old Town is one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centers in the world. A stone’s throw away you’ll find the city’s business center with modern towers and luxurious hotels, trendy neighborhoods and large shopping centers. 

Kadriorg

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Kadriorg palace and art museum surrounded by manicured Kadriorg Park was once established by Tsar Peter the Great as a manifestation of love. The 18th-century park featuring fountains and streams, is surrounded by equally historical wooden houses, with tree branches in bloom leaning over detailed door frames of these stunning masterpieces.Here you’ll find elegant restaurants, cute cafes with a local charm and a sophisticated art scene.Kadriorg is a home to Estonia’s largest art collection exhibited in KUMU art museum of Estonia, Kadriorg Art Museum and Adamson-Eric museum, all nestled together along the edge of the park.

Kalamaja

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New cafes, bars and galleries have transformed the former industrial complexes of the historical wooden townhouse district, making it the fastest developing area of Tallinn attracting creatives and those young at heart.Often called the “hipsterville” of Tallinn, this once closed off Soviet border zone is conveniently located between the scenic Tallinn coast and Old Town and hides some real architectural gems.Telliskivi is the hub of Kalamaja with its many restaurants, theatres and an indoor shopping street selling everything from organic cosmetics to Estonian design. Nearby you’ll find Estonia’s largest and coolest maritime museum Seaplane Harbour as well as the once infamous Patarei sea fortress and prison, peeking into the dark history of the past Soviet occupation.

The song and dance celebration

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The song and dance celebration with its 150 years of tradition is part of UNESCO world cultural heritage. The Song and Dance Celebration takes place four times in a decade and will, from 30 June to 2 July 2017, bring tens of thousands choir singers, musicians and folk dancers to perform at the Estonian capital.The 12th Estonian Youth Song and Dance Celebration, held in June this year, is titled “Here I’ll stay”. 30 thousand choir singers and musicians will perform the works of Estonian top composers at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. Among those will be the creations of the internationally renowned Estonian composer Veljo Tormis, as well as works of the younger generation, including those of jazz musician Kadri Voorand and folk musician Eeva Talsi. The immense audience of nearly 100,000 people, who never fear to sing along, makes for a very special atmosphere.

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Performances of Dance Celebrations are held at the Kalevi stadium. Folk dancers perform traditional Estonian folk dances, for which beautiful modern choreography has been created. One of the highlights of the Song and Dance Celebration is the procession, which passes the main streets of Tallinn and reaches the Song Festival Grounds, thereby uniting the Dance and the Song Celebrations. The procession is attended by all the performers and thousands of spectators who have come to the streets to welcome the singers and dancers.Song and Dance Celebrations have become the symbol of Estonian culture and identity. These celebrations have been organised for 150 years, they have helped create national unity and carry hope of our country’s independence during the years of the Soviet occupation. Therefore, Song and Dance Celebrations continue to be very popular and are often a chance to meet for friends and families who live in Estonia and elsewhere.

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I wish I was there………

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