Pssst…! Hey you, come with me! It’s just around the corner..!
There’s a cool candy store with an old-time vibe! A flower market and mysterious red doors!
Let’s take an idle walk on the cobbled streets of Tallinn… where time has stopped and then jumped forward again.
Let’s look in through the windows and eavesdrop on conversations.
First, we explore the Kalev chocolate parlor, where I imagine myself as a 1950’s kid, giving my teacher a sweet gift upon entering the freedom of summer holidays – ah, sweet freedom and summer scents.
And then, too soon, we turn a corner and a magic carpet of a time machine swoops us up and flies us over to futuristic, industrial chic Kristinaplats.
We are whisked into a moment in time when smoking is still allowed in restaurant areas, giving me a bit of a surprise.
And then we u-turn back again towards the Middle Ages…
I think of my colleague, who has just told me about her visit to a Klimt-Monet-Van Gogh light show type of art exhibition in a damp-smelling little room with the tiniest of tiny doors, inconspicuous, undemanding, and hard to spot… a secret entrance. An enjoyable show according to her: the paintings came to life.
I doubt I’ll find her little door in this town of many doors, maybe if I have time later, I’ll look it up. But… hang on – there it is! Just like that! I found the door! Now I feel like I must enter.
An hour later, knowing more than I wanted to about three famous painters’ darkest thoughts, I wander some more, looking for something bright to make me forget, and I find a glimpse into the tropics.
And I wander ever further… into a patch of red doors, growing almost side by side, competing in redness.
Even without it, we seem to have taken a time loop backwards.
Where are we? And where are we going? We stroll past a rare bike predating the free-city-bike era.
Sometimes different centuries come together in a nice way, harmoniously, looking like they belong.
Maybe I’ll stay here, wrap up my mat and use it for yoga. You’re welcome to stay.
Inspired by the great storyteller Equinoxio’s blogging style. The pictures are from two trips to Tallinn during summer 2019, explaining the color variations in the sky: one of the days was sunny, the other grey.