Ilus Eesti, beautiful Estonia. My family's homeland. Estonia's countryside and people have an endearing gentleness about them which you fall in love with slowly and imperceptibly. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Estonians' courage and determination to survive despite centuries of repression, tyranny and foreign occupation. This blog aims to promote Estonian news, history and culture and seeks to enlighten readers about everything this unique country has to offer.
Wednesday, 30 November 2022
A look at Uralic languages
Friday, 25 November 2022
The Tallinn Christmas Market Opens Today!
Tallinn is a very special place when it comes to Christmas. Not only does it have one of the best Christmas markets in the world but it is also the place where the very first public Christmas tree was erected. The tradition began in the year 1441, when the Brotherhood of the Blackheads (local merchants) put up a Christmas tree on Tallinn's Town Hall Square and decorated it with fruits, nuts and small objects. Decades later the tradition was adopted by Latvia then spread to the rest of the world. Each year a tree is specially chosen to be the centrepiece of the Christmas market. This year the spruce tree comes from Anija.
Monday, 21 November 2022
Tallinn's cityscape has long provided inspiration for painters. Throughout the centuries artists from foreign lands have visited or lived in Tallinn, capturing moments in time in their artworks. Most of these paintings are now housed in various museums, for us and future generations to enjoy. Here are a few of my favourites.
Sunday, 20 November 2022
Estonia tops PISA for Reading Performance
Estonia once again tops the PISA list, this time in reading. Perhaps snuggling up with good books during the long cold winter months have something to do with this? Well done Estonia!
Friday, 18 November 2022
Estonia's oldest known human settlement
If you have ever wondered where the first Estonians lived then the answer is Pulli. The Pulli settlement is the oldest known human settlement in Estonia, located on the right bank of the Pärnu River. According to carbon dating, Pulli was settled over 11,000 years ago and people would have arrived there from the south after the ice had melted.
Monday, 14 November 2022
Tallinn Named Most Desirable European City
Tallinn recently took home the Silver Award for Most Desirable European City at the Wanderlust Magazine Travel Awards. Wanderlust is the UK’s longest running travel magazine. Congratulations Tallinn - you are amazing!
Sunday, 13 November 2022
Head Isadepäeva! Happy Father's Day!
Today is Father's Day in Estonia. On this day we give thanks to our fathers who have given us endless love and support. I have a wonderful father who is a very noble, honest and down-to-earth man. He has taught me so much over the years, including learning to tie my shoelaces, riding a bike and to never give up on something just because it appears difficult. Perseverance usually pays off. I can never win an argument with my father when he speaks common sense!
Here I am with my father outside the Sydney Opera House in 1978. Happy Father's Day Dad!
Thursday, 10 November 2022
The beauty of Estonia in winter
It won't be long now until winter is upon us and even though people travel less during winter, Estonia should not be forgotten, it is a splendid place to visit all year round. All you need to do is rug up and stay warm. As the Germans say - Es gibt kein schlechtes Wetter, nur die falsche Kleidung (there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing). Estonia is simply stunning during the winter months and these photos will show you why.
Monday, 7 November 2022
An Estonian in Crete
Last week I did something I rarely do, I went on an autumn holiday. I wanted to go some place warm, somewhere to enjoy a last bit of sunshine before winter arrives. To do this I had to head south and after consulting the map I decided upon Crete, one of the most southern points in Europe and also Europe's oldest civilization. I've never been to Greece before so everyday was an adventure.