In general these beautiful original handcrafted items are off limits to cameras. But the souvenir shop manager made an exception for me because she considered me as "a bonafide tourist", not someone who might use the photos to make a cheap knock-off version and undercut her products (and livelihood). I learned from this nice manager that many #chinesetourists took photos of her products then went back to China and made cheap knockoffs, completed with fake or misleading labels. Apparently, this has been a problem world wide for many original art works on display at tourist attractions. They get "captured" by ...
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The empty St Catherine Passage in the still of the night. Walking through here late at night alone, with ancient history hanging on both sides of the wall, was both thrilling and chilling at the same time. There's something special about listening to the echoes of my own footsteps in this cobblestone alley. / #travelblogger#estonia
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These medieval young ladies actually have smart phones in their pockets. And I am sure they're also better at computers than I am. But back in the real old days (during the Middle Age), these ladies could have been the pagans targeted by Pope Celestine III, who launched a crusade against northern European pagans to Christianize them. Back then #estonia was part of Livonia, which was a target of the Crusade. So, even in the Middle Age, the Estonians already struggled for their independence and fought hard to protect and to preserve their way of life, their culture, and their ...
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Poor gal. They got her to dress up in what was supposed to be traditional Estonian clothing, and just stood there for hours like a human mannequin. And it was cold! Some how the management at this restaurant thought having this gal standing there would make tourists/diners think they'd get to taste the ancient Estonian cuisine. But in reality, they actually serve burger and French fries with sugar-loaded tomato sauce known as ketchup. BTW, Do you think she's happy standing there? / #travelblogger#tallinn
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A view of the #balticsea from the backyard of an Estonian coastal home. The beach is quite rocky. But taking in some fresh ocean air was quite refreshing for me, especially after a long drive. #estonia
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Behind this cute house by the northern coast of #estonia is the Baltic Sea. I came here looking for the beach but what I found were homes lining the coast, making access to the beach virtually impossible. But the home owner was kind enough to let me see what his backyard's view looked like. The beach actually was full of rocks and the water was cold, very cold. But that's only because it was close to the winter. #estoniancoast
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When you have corn fed chicken, cooked with secret recipe, soaked comfortably in yogurt and horseradish sauce along with beetroot cake, being delivered to your table by a nice server, you know that you are in a good place on this planet. And that place is #tallinn, #estonia. At the end of this meal, all I had to do was to say thank you to that nice and beautiful server and gave her €15. This delicious meal would have cost me around €30 (~45 Canadian dollars) in Norway (nice and beautiful server not included). Oh, by the way, the excellent ...
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Glass works in #tallinn Old Town. A collection of handmade glassware and other fine glass works by local artists. You can find the workshops along the St Catherine Passage. Just don't let Donald Trump come in here. He'd break everything. #estonia
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#tallinn international (Lennart Meri Tallinna lennujaam). This lennujaam is small but cute. You cannot possibly get lost in this airport. And if you do get lost here, you would be automatically qualified for immediate admission to Trump University with full scholarship (provided by some Russian banks, possibly). This is one of a few places on this planet where you can get to/from a major airport from/to the city center for only about a dollar (USD) by bus. And the buses are really nice and clean. Car rentals are also affordable. More on this later. The best time to travel ...
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I'm not a billionaire. But even if I were, I still think this sandwich was "overvalued". It cost nearly US$20 at a self-service cafe in #oslo. But hey, they saw a starving tourist coming and they put out the flying carpet to welcome me! The upside: my travel budget drained so fast that it forced me to spend less time in #norway - much shorter. And that allowed me to spend more time (and money) on nicer places - much nicer! In the end, it's all good 😊😃 .
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In the horizon is the Baltic Sea. In the foreground is #tallinn. This city is a testament to the meaning of courage, determination, and resolute for national and cultural identify of the #estonian people. Their courage is admirable. Their hope is inspiring. And their music is absolutely beautiful. -
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This was the only thing the #norwegianairshuttle customer service supervisor at #osl ( offered me when I brought to her attention of my complaints. She didn't care to listen, but only handed me this cheap piece of paper (not even a business card) and told me to use the information printed on it, then walked away. And that was a customer service agent in Norwegian uniform at OSL, not a contactor used by Norwegian, like in the case for virtually all other airports where Norwegian has service at. When I did contact "customer relations" using the given info, I ...
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#chinesetourists take up several train cars of Flåm train service. According to Norway Today, there has been an increase of 71% of Chinese tourists just between 1/2017 and 5/2017 alone, compared with the same period in 2016.
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This iconic Katariina käik (St. Catherine's Passage) in Old Town #tallinn is a historic walkway lined with great restaurants and crafts workshops. I love strolling through here in late evening hours when things get really quiet and peaceful. #travelblogger
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Autumn in #tartu, home of the famous 17th-century University of Tartu. I snapped this picture on my way back to my car from a meeting at the University. If you visit this historic city, don't miss the KGB museum. It'll give you a perspective on the endurance of the Estonian people during the Soviet's rule. #travelblogger
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Securitas vehicle parking infront of Tromsø library. It's kinda creepy to see #securitas, a private security company (or army?), everywhere you go in Europe. It feels like #fascism or has already dawned upon people. "Big Brother is watching"? Is it really about or is it about something else?
Things were quiet, peaceful, and enjoyable until two super-size tour buses, full of #chinesetourists, dumped off their passengers to this park in #oslo. Those tourists seemed to have limited time. So, they'd push you out of the way (or pretended you weren't even there) to snap photos of everything as if they were going to build a copy of this Norwegian park in China. They moved in large groups. And eventually, their tour guide flagged them back to their buses, effectively returning peace to the park. And the assault would repeat at other tourist sites.
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#tallinn#estonia The owner of this Honky Tonk & Cantina visited Texas and came back to Tallinn with a strong enough inspiration to open a Texas-themed restaurant and bar. His entrepreneurial flairs have landed him this great business that attracts not just the locals but also thousands of tourists from all over the world. Guests can even throw empty peanut shells right onto the floor, like it's being done in Texas! In America, Texas-themed restaurants in the east- and westcoast states have not found much success. Perhaps Americans outside of Texas don't like the Texan culture much? I wonder ...