I planned to write about August today; how a lot will change in my life the upcoming weeks, how there starts to be a turn from summer to autumn and how much I am waiting my big move (not counting, but 23 days left). Instead I decided that summer is not over, there is still a lot fun things to do before I go, and many of you have holiday still going on. So I will share another travel tip from Tallinn, hope you like art and history!
What I like in Tallinn a lot is how widely you can see history there. The old town is like a trip to medieval northern Europe, as the origins of the city is told to date back to the 13th century. But when you travel few kilometers away from the center of the old town you end up in a totally different place. In this place it feels like you would be walking in a imperial residence with Tsar Peter the Great of Russia in the beginning of 18th century. Kadriorg Palace is small Roman Baroque style tsars` palace in the beautiful Kadriorg Park, and the palace now a days is the home of Kadriorg Art Museum. The art museum is the only museum in Estonia devoted to foreign art with permanent and visiting exhibitions.
I have visited the Kadriorg park numerous times in my life, as there is so much to see and do. I remember taking the tram to the park with my grandparents almost every summer when I was small and we were walking under the oak trees. In the park there is absolutely beautiful Swan Pond (how many wedding photos I have seen taken there?), the beautiful palace and its garden, the promenade leading to the presiden`s palace and his palace of course, as well as many other museums such as KUMU (the Estonian Art Museum). You can walk for hours in the park and it`s different parts, or you can just give a small visit and walk through it all the way to the seafront and visit the bronze monument Russalka Memorial. Either way, this is a must see place in Tallinn.
We made a small visit to the art museum this time, enjoying the amazing combination of art and history. The permanent exhibition is nice, and at the moment there is exhibition Love. Motifs in Art from the 16th to the Early 20th Century until 21.08.2016, which I especially liked.
How amazing is the decoration in the great hall of the palace?I could just stay hours there and look all the details. The stucco decorations in the main hall has Catherine’s initials.
Two things I could take to my home straight away – white grand piano and huge fireplace.
The main hall has a large ceiling painting illustrating the myth of Diana and Actaeon.
I am not a big fun of colors, but I have to say that the bright blue walls were fantastic background for art.
I could imagine a wedding or other party in the main hall. Isn’t it beautiful?
The visiting exhibition Love is going on still few weeks. I especially liked how they described in in the text below; love is even stronger than death.
The garden in front of the palace is actually super nice, I just run out of battery and this is the only photo I had time to take from it. So I guess you just have to go and check it out yourself. And you can take tram, the old looking one from the center to the park, easy I would say!
From art and history I will now continue to work for the evening. I wish we all will have a lovely August, summer is not over yet!
Details of this travel tip
Kadriorg palace // Kadrioru loss August Weizenbergi tänav 37, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn Opening hours vary, check it out here