Category: Estonia

Viljandi #visitestonia #eesti100 #estonia100 #viljandi

viljandi (65)Viljandi is a town and municipality in southern Estonia.  This adorable little town hidden deep within southern Estonian forests boasts impressive castle ruins, former home of the ruling Livonian Order. The scenic views of the nearby lake and wooden architecture make Viljandi a place of interest to both nature and culture lovers.

I am from Viljandi. Viljandi is my childhood hometown.

Mulgi- Mulgimaa is an area in South-Estonia, with own culture, traditions, food and dialect.

This area and culture is a perfect example of the globalisation already in 19th of century. During the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865 was the lack of cotton and price was very high.

 

So, as demand for alternatives. South Estonia, Mulgimaa has perfect conditions for the cultivation of linen. Bondage was in Estonia abolished 1816, but still, farmers were very poor and the land was owned by landlords. But because of America and demand for linen, farmers gets enough money to buy from landlords land and farms. And this area becomes rich and successful. This made others little bit jealous and they started to call people and this area Mulgimaa ūüôā

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Symbol of Viljandi the boatman of Viljandi who fell hopelessly in love with a blue-eyed girl.

Prehistoric hillfort (9th-13th) century AD( was located on Kaevumägi. In 1223 it was conquered by the German crusaders. Stone fortifications were started from AD 1224. The Convent building was erected at the turn of the 13th-14th century.

 

 

 

 The castle was badly damaged in the Livonian War 1558- 1583 and the following Polish- Swedish wars 1600- 1623.

 

These photos are made last year on the 1st of May. The grass was already green, but trees just were promising. The Grand Race around Lake Viljandi is an annual cross country running a competition that takes place around the Lake Viljandi in Viljandi, Estonia. It is also the oldest traditional running event in Estonia and has been organized already since 1928. It is held annually on the 1st of May.
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Narva- J√Ķesuu #visitestonia #narvajoesuu #estonia100

NarvaJ√Ķesuu (36)Narva J√Ķesuu is situated in north-eastern Estonia. The town’s name in Estonian and Russian means “Mouth of the Narva”,

Thanks to the beach, covered with fine sand and lined with a pine forest, There are a lot of SPAs and Narva-J√Ķesuu has long been a popular summer destination. In the late 19th and early 20th century, it was a spa town frequented by the nobility from Saint Petersburg.

 

Today Narva- J√Ķesuu is eclectic and comparing with Latvian Jurmala, need a lot of investments to restore the former glory.
But on the other hand, this is it Narva J√Ķesuu.

Old fashioned dachas (summer houses) alternately with gorgeous villas. Abandoned nine-storey houses alternately with The New Russian (a person who gained quick riches) style palaces with arches and towers…

Did you know? Estonia holds 4th place in urban air quality (WHO)

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November. P√ľhaj√§rve #visitestonia #Eesti100 #estonia #p√ľhaj√§rve

November has its own beauty. It neither¬† golden autumn nor¬† white and clean winter. November is foggy, grey, rainy and brown…

November 2nd is¬†All Souls’ Day and November is All Souls Months. We believe that there is a period when the souls of the dead are moving around and visiting their former homes,¬†Now is the time to light the candle and put it on the window. Show the way to the souls and¬†commemorate deceased loved ones.

Reading and movie suggestion:
best of all will convey the mood of November in Estonia book by Andrus Kivir√§hk ” Rehepapp”, a bestseller of the last twenty years. Rehepapp captures the essential of the Estonian soul. The book is quite blatant parody, but like all good parody it has a grain of truth in it.¬† Look at movie trailer.

P√ľhaj√§rv (“Holy lake”) is a lake in Estonia, near the town of Otep√§√§.
There are many lakes with the name P√ľhaj√§rv (‘Holy Lake’) in Estonia. The one located in the Otep√§√§ Upland is the most famous of them. The picturesque coastline and five islands of Lake P√ľhaj√§rv make it the biggest and most beautiful lake in the Otep√§√§ region.

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M√Ķisak√ľla #visitestonia #Eesti100 #estonia100 #m√Ķisak√ľla

moisakyla (4)M√Ķisak√ľla is a town in southern Estonia, part of Mulgi Parish of Viljandi County, just next to the border of Latvia. It is considered to be the smallest town in Estonia. The town has 32 streets, with the total length of 15,5 km.

Mulgi- Mulgimaa is area in South-Estonia, with own culture, traditions, food and dialect.

M√Ķisak√ľla was born because of railway. Trains do not travel here today… This is just one last and least wagon…

moisakyla (6)This area and culture is perfect example about the globalisation already in 19th of century. During the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865 was lack of cotton and price was very high.
So, was demand for alternatives. South Estonia, Mulgimaa has perfect conditions for cultivation of linen. Bondage was in Estonia abolished 1816, but still farmers were very poor and land was owned by landlords. But because of America and demand for linen, farmers gets enough money to buy from landlords land and farms. And this area become rich and successful. This made others little bit jealous and they started to call people and this area Mulgimaa ūüôā
In Latvia means word- Mulk- ‚ÄĚ silly‚ÄĚ and in Estonia it means ‚Äúhole‚ÄĚ- in meaning that the all richness went in to the one hole‚Ķ:)

My maternal family is from M√Ķisak√ľla area and there lives my aunt and cousin.
Near to the M√Ķisk√ľla is Vanam√Ķisa. My grandmother and grandfather died long time ago¬† but their house is still here.

Estonia is the Paradise of Introverts ūüôā Estonians saying : A good neighbour is one where you can just barely see the smoke of their chimney from your window.’
In South- Estonia¬† you can feel, how is to be the last soul in the Earth ūüôā You can drive through the Estonian countryside and not see another living soul for miles.
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World Clean Up Day 2018 . Teeme √§ra

This photos are made 10 years ago. This was our first ” Teeme √§ra” clean up day. Honestly? It was terrible, but useful experience.

My family and my daughters classmates understood, how much trash we have in nature. And to clean up everything is not easy work to do.

On September 15, 2018, World Cleanup Day, people in 150 countries will stand up against the global waste problem, cleaning up trash and creating the biggest positive civic action the world has seen. Join with us, find your country contacts and read more information.

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Clean up day 2008
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Clean Up Day 2008

 

 

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Alatskivi #visitestonia #eesti100 #estonia100 #alatskivi

alatskivi1 (2)Alatskivi located right on the shore of Peipsi lake in Nina village. Alatskivi Castle is a Neo-Gothic castle in Alatskivi, Estonia. Dating to the 17th century, it is situated in Alatskivi. Visit Alatskivi Castle during summertime to admire beautiful roses and enjoy Peipsi lake.

Peipsi area is home to Old Believers, a traditional religious minority recognised as hard-working and skillful fishermen, builders and keen onion cultivators. 

Estonia is the Paradise of Introverts ūüôā Estonians saying : A good neighbour is one where you can just barely see the smoke of their chimney from your window.’
In Estonia¬† you can feel, how is to be last soul in the Earth ūüôā You can drive through the Estonian countryside and not see another living soul for miles.

And be careful. This is the area of States Borders. Be careful and follow signs. Latvia is in EU and you welcome to visit Latvia, but for Russia you need visa.

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Alatskivi Castle

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Vilsandi Island #visitestonia #Eesti100 #estonia100 #vilsandi

Estonia’s¬†territories include¬†a group of 2,222¬†islands¬†and islets in the Baltic Sea.
The island of Vilsandi, Saaremaa Parish, Saare County, Estonia is located in the Baltic Sea. It covers an area of some 9 square km and is the westernmost populated island in Estonia.

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Vilsandi¬†is the oldest nature protection area in the Baltics, created in 1910, and reorganised as the Vilsandi¬†National Park in 1993. There are over a hundred islands with lots of birds at the¬†Vilsandi… …

You will¬†find¬†calmest place on earth. In Estonia¬† you can feel, how is to be last soul in the Earth ūüôā You can drive through the Estonian countryside and not see another living soul for miles.

My family is from South Estonia, but 15 years ago my parents moved to Saaremaa.

 

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Muhu Island #visitestonia #Eesti100 #estonia100 #muhu

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMuhu is an island in the Baltic Sea. With an area of 198 km2 (76 sq mi) it is the third largest island belonging to Estonia, after Saaremaa and Hiiumaa.
The sleepy fishermen’s villages, windmills, thatched cottages and wildlife provide a perfect retreat for those looking to get lost in the nature.

My family is from South Estonia, but 15 years ago my parents moved to Saaremaa. To get to Saaremaa, one must first get to Muhu island.

Muhu is beautiful and peaceful.

Muhu is interesting in wintertime, as well : you can drive on the ice

if it’s cold enough. During particularly cold winters (like the ones we used to have) you can drive between some of Estonia’s islands. The roads are marked with signs and speed limits.

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