As a Finn I’ve always considered Finland as the most beautiful country on summer. But summerly Finland got a challenger from the south: beauful Estonia. Estonia, or Tallinn for a Finn, has always been the southern part of Helsinki, from which I buy alcoholic beverages. Not because they are cheap there, but because they are ridiculously expensive in Finland. So far my experiences with Estonia have been limited to the city of Tallinn. Luckily life carried me off the tourist tracks of Tallinn for an adventure in western Estonia, Haapsalu.
Haapsalu (Haapasalo in Finnish) is a small town on western coast of Estonia. The town has a respectable history that dates back to year 1279. Haapsalu is, therefore, older than any Finnish town. When you arrive in Haapsalu for the first time on a beautiful sunny summer day, it is hard not to fall in love with the town. People are nice, atmosphere is relaxed and everything is close by. Happy people; families with children, the elderly and the youth everywhere in harmony. You can sense the absence of traffic jams, shopping malls and rush in general. Services and goods are affordable compared to Finland. Local traditions are well respected. This is reflected in restaurant menus, transportation arrangements, and restoration of buildings. There is profusion of sights and history to see, such as Haapsalu Episcopal Castle, Kuursaal, Promenaadi, and Estonian Railway Museum. I cannot but to recommend Haapsalu, and Estonia in general, to everyone who seeks beautiful landscapes, peaceful atmosphere and traditional lifestyles. Haapsalu gave such a good feeling that I have to visit also other Estonian cities, such as Pärnu and Tartu.
Photography of Haapsalu
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore,