Munich layover 

” Don’t listen to what they say, go see.” – Unknown

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Beautiful city

We had an 8 hour layover in Munich which we were pretty excited about, we had been to Berlin before but we were eager to visit another German city ! We landed super early so we hoped on the metro and headed to the center. The only thing was that it was good Friday so a lot of places were closed, so we ended up at Mc Donald’s for breakfast (fail).

After our delicious & healthy meal.. kidding!! We took our coffee to go and explored around. I was blown away by all the beautiful architecture, narrow paths and eye catching statues. We walked around for hours and took pictures but it still felt as if we didn’t have enough time! Safe to say I would love to go back for a weekend one day!

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I love doors

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Heading back to the airport

 

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Pre flight eats

After an exciting day full of exploring we got back to the airport to find out we had been upgraded to business class.. YES!! This was our first experience & absolutely loved it. We got greeted with some sparkly wine & a small care package.. it was awesome!

I spent most of our flight back to Canada listening to self- development videos, drinking wine, napping & eating chocolate.. Best flight ever! Made an 8 hour flight feel like 2.

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Upgraded

 Until next time xo

 

 

 

 

Punta Cana

“Traveling –  it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta


After spending a long winter in Finland and coming home to rain we finally got the chance to go down to the Dominican! We have been to Mexico, Panama and Cuba but this was a first for us!

Breakfast views

 

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Best day

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First night at the hotel

First of all, the resort was HUGE.. The views were stunning and the weather was perfect. One of the things we get the most excited about is the food and drinks, Yep! And it did not disappoint, everything was soo good and fresh.. Plus we got mimosas with breakfast every day , how cool!

 

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Mimosas all day, every day

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In love with this resort

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Sunshine with a side of iced coffee

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sunny days

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Ready for the show

 

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work from bed

I was also able to fit in some work while enjoying our trip, I love that I am able to work around

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Heaven

Enjoying my It Works greens during breakfast, every morning in order to recharge for the day! Definitely much needed after all the yummy food & sun!

 

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views

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mimosas for breakfast, all day every day

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best view

 

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Seafood risotto

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He insisted we take a picture together haha

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Can I just wake up to this every day ?

 

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Drink of the day: Fresh juice with rum

 

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I even had a spa day!

 

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Sushi night at the hotel

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One of the few pictures we managed to get together

 

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What a blast!! We decided that we will go on an all inclusive vacation every year from now on!!

 

Where to next ?!

– S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholm for the day

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”

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Beautiful city

Since we had some time off we decided to take the over night ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm! The ferry was quite big and there were a lot of people, our cabin was bigger than I expected and the beds weren’t all that bad! We decided to have dinner on board and then drinks for the happy hour.  The ferry left at about 5 p.m and got to Stockholm at around 10 a.m. We enjoyed our breakfast buffet before getting off since we knew we were going to be doing a lot of walking.

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Views

 

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Colorful houses are my fav

 

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Center

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Structures

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Royal Palace

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It was actually so cold out

We got off the ferry and made our way to the center of the town, stopping along the way to take some pictures of course, the day was a bit cold and cloudy but we didn’t let that stop us from walking all over !

After hours of exploring we were starving so we went for a quick lunch at the coziest café!

 

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Cutest café

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Quick coffee break

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Narrow path

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Busy streets

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After a long 6 hours it was time to head back to the ferry! As soon as we got in we dropped off our bag and headed to the bar for happy hour.. 2.50 Euros beer & ciders! Yes please!

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Happy hour

We definitely took advantage when we decided to do the Buffet for dinner, which included unlimited yummy food, desserts wine & beer… They even had a gluten free section! It was around 35 Euros per person and so worth it!

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Best spread set up

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Best part .. dessert

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just us

 

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Until next time

It was a short trip but we really enjoyed our selves!

 

 

Last day in Barcelona 

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

 

In love

 

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our lunch ritual

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Churros for breakfast

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Private show haha

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Best spread

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We don’t go anywhere without our Hair Skin and Nails !!

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We had our usual morning breakfast at the hotel then headed out and enjoyed our last sunny morning before heading back to cold Finland!

We went back to visit the Barcelona Cathedral one more time and take some pictures then headed back to pack and catch our taxi ride for the airport.

 

 

Barcelona: Day 3 & 4

 

“Adventure is worthwhile “

Our third day in the city the weather was perfect it was 20 + degrees out and sunny.

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Beer break

 

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Tapas dinner at a local spot

The food at this place was SO delicious and cheap .. I would have to say that my favorite was the calamari!

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Park Guell

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in love

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Best traveling partner

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La Sagrada Familia

We walked for at least 6 hours.. We didn’t know how spread apart everything was (oops).

We saw the “Arc de Triom ” which was stunning, I loved all the palm trees around the path way. After walking for about 45 minutes we made a pit stop at a local café and got some coffee then finally made it to the Sagrada Familia.. No words can explain how breath taking and beautiful this cathedral is.. Left me speechless. Also fun fact, did you know that it has been under construction for more than 100 years!!!

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Details

 

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Market

After another successful day of exploring and walking A LOT we headed back to the hotel to unwind and have a few ciders at our friends terrace. We then decided it was time to go see a new place for our last dinner. One of the locals recommended this place so we were pretty excited to check it out..  the food was REALLY good.. But the sangria was not the best. Either way we enjoyed our selves!

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Last dinner

 

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Another local tapas resto

One last sleep, and one last morning before we go home!

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona : Day 1 & 2 

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

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Most beautiful place

Our first night our friends surprised us with an authentic Catalonian cooking class! As soon as we landed we rushed to the hotel to drop off our luggage and head out, it was perfect because we were all starving!

Angeles was our lovely host, she showed us how to make each and every single dish step by step.. She only acted as a guide and we did all the work, it was so much fun.

We stuffed our faces with the delicious tapas, tomato & garlic bread (Probably the best invention ever, it was so good) and the lovely Paella. We enjoyed a few glasses of the typical red sangria (my favorite) and then enjoyed some delicious dessert!

We really enjoyed our evening and got to learn more about Catalonian cuisine and culture, thank you again Angeles for the wonderful class.  If you are interested in attending one look up “Foodie” Cooking workshops!

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Cooking class

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So good

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Paella

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Such a beautiful day

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Obsessing over the architecture

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Market

We had the ” Las Boquerias” market right behind our hotel, probably the best spot to stay in.. We went for lunch every day .. For 5 Euros you could choose a fresh fruit juice, a savory / fruit salad and a pastry.. Everything was so good and fresh!

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Picnic day

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Coffee pit stop

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Patio season

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Coffee & baileys

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Nicest day

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Best pastries

Only 2 days in an we were in love

 

Favorite cafes: Hämeenlinna

” COFFEE because aldulting is hard.” – UA

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Café Laurell : Near the town square. They have the best pastries and quite the selection of sandwiches and snacks, a lot of lactose and gluten free options as well. The café is so cozy and quiet.

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Café Kauno : Hidden in the town center, this little coffee shop has the best cappuccinos in my opinion. They also have lunch and snack options.

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Café Tiirinkosken: BEST waffles I’ve ever had.. No joke, they are extra fluffy and made with bean flour which is really high in protein. The store is the cutest I’ve been to here. You can shop around or just enjoy the atmosphere. They also have a variety of teas that you can choose from, and other snack options as well as GF and dairy free options

Kahvila Kulma: Newest shop in town. I love this place because the interior is so nice, its quite spacious and modern. You can buy sparkling wine, snacks, and of course coffee.

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Café Kukko: Near Goodman shopping center. Decent spot with a quiet atmosphere, quite popular… With a decent drink selection.

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Café il Mondo : Inside Goodman shopping center. Friendliest staff and the best lattes, the food portions are huge and they have really good salmon burgers. Their chocolate cake is my favorite. Perfect place to people watch (that’s right)

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Pancake House:  In what used to be an old sauna located outside of Hämeenlinna, only open on Sundays from 11-4.  You can order a sweet or savory Finnish style pancake and enjoy a cup of coffee outside if the weather is nice. They also have GF and dairy free options.

BUDAPEST : Food guide

” Good food, good people, good times.” – Unknown

Café Smúz: Welcoming little shop right beside the Parliament building, you can order brunch, wine and of course coffee. Prices were a bit higher most likely because its beside a landmark.  The green tea latte was really good though.
Price range: 8 Euros for a coffee and a latte.

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Lactose free Matcha latte

Isolabella Pub: Nice pub near castle hill. Cute patio set up, you can actually see part of the Parliament building from there.
Price range: 8 Euros for 2 coffee and baileys and a biscuit.
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New York Café: Definitely the most beautiful café in the world, pictures don’t do this place justice. Great atmosphere so nice and relaxing, at one point some one was playing the piano. We paid 16 Euros for two coffees but it was worth it.
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Obsessing over this place

Vicky Barcelona : This tapas bar was delicious, a must try and the sangria was divine. We ordered the Cube shaped baked potatoes served with some kind of guacamole sauce, fried calamari, blue cheese tray, chickpea stew and chicken skewers.
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Best sangria

Mazel Tov: This place is so beautiful once you go in, looks like a nice spacious garden with hanging lights from the top… It is also dog friendly.  The menu is Middle Eastern inspired, choose from meat plates, pitas, salads or soups. The service was super quick but the food was average, nothing special. They did have a nice drink menu though and vegetarian options.
Price range: 14 Euros for two meals, a glass of wine and a beer.
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Perfect for veg options

Trattoria Gozsdu: This restaurant had a nice cozy vibe, they provided blankets with every chair which was perfect because it was so cold.  The individual pizza portions were so big and the crust was very thin and delicious. I had the mushroom pizza.
Price range: 18 Euros for two pizzas, two large beers and a glass of sparkly wine.
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Pardon the terrible lighting

Hungarian Resto: (Can’t remember the name, but it was located near the Great Market Hall)  Typical Hungarian food, while in Budapest you have to try one of these restaurants at least once. When you sit down there is a plate of two giant pretzels on the table… DO NOT EAT THEM! Unless you see them bring out a fresh batch. We saw a plate sit there while two different parties sat down and ate… touched them too (I totally touched the ones at our table to see how hard they were) finally when the third party sat down they dug right in.. yuck. Also don’t get the fisherman’s soup it was way too fishy.

 

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Not my fav

Typically food and drinks are really cheap in Budapest, but because we chose to eat at places near a popular spot or landmark we paid a bit “more” than if we were somewhere less touristy.

 

 

Fine dining: Tallinn

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber 

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obsessing over the “Old Town”

 

Estonian cuisine has been the best I’ve had so far in Europe, the food is so fresh and delicious. I was amazed at the fact that there were no fast food trucks or even fast food chains around.

Restaurant Ö

4.5/5 stars… A Michelin star quality .

We had made our reservations a week prior for the 23. I opted for the vegan option, Annicki and I had the 7 course taste journey and the boys had the 11 course taste exploration. We made sure to have between 2-4 hours free that evening. Everything was so unique, every single course had a different taste and texture.

We ordered two bottles of wines instead of doing the wine pairings.

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The restaurant was nice and clean and the staff was very profesional. The food was so delicious, the smell, taste and the presentation… It’s hard to explain, you just have to experience it yourself. To my surprise my vegan portions were actually bigger than every one else .

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Nibbles

Please take note, this was our starter…Two chips per person…

 

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Cauliflower

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Bread course

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One of the boy’s 11 courses

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Different style mushrooms

I thought it was cool that before our dessert we were able to go into the kitchen and talk to the chefs/ cooks and take a look around.

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Vegan apple cake .. this way to die for

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The marzipan was also amazing

 

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Menu

It was a neat experience but we most likely won’t do it again, the boys were still hungry after their 11 courses.

But if you are willing to throw down the money and enjoy the experience (because that’s what you are basically paying for) at least once in a life time, why not!

For reservations ; Restoran O

 

 


Christmas weekend in Tallinn

 

Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.” – Anthony Bourdain 

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Medieval Old Town

We took the bus to Helsinki as this was the easiest way of getting there and we didn’t have to worry about the car. After a 2 hour ferry ride we arrived in Tallinn.

THURSDAY EVENING
Our Airbnb apartment was only a 10 minute walk to the Old Town. After dropping off our bags we headed out to Hells Hunt pub to grab some appz and drinks, Annicki and I had some Estonian ciders and the boys had wine and beer.

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For our first dinner we went to Pegasus, we had a nice view of an outdoor skating rink. After we finished eating we decided to ordered shots of vana liquer the traditional Estonian drink … probably one of the worst ideas we had.

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We headed back into the Town Hall Square to see the annual Christmas Market and enjoy the magical atmosphere. The square was beautifully transformed with a
Christmas tree, lights, a carousel and many little wooden stalls selling traditional Christmas arts, knits, hot drinks and baked goods.

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Market at night

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A bit of history…

This charming Old Town is very unique and it is also a part of the UNESCO  World Heritage Site. As you walk down the cobblestone paths you can see the history, from the many churches to the medieval courtyards, gothic spires, guard towers and city wall.
-Dating back to the 13th century , also known as “Reval” back then
-This ancient well-preserved walled city is the oldest capital in Northern Europe
FRIDAY
We got really lucky with the weather this day as it was supposed to rain all weekend. Our first stop was Alexander Nevsky, a Russian Orthodox cathedral completed in 1900.

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Most beautiful Cathedral

 

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Pink building are my favorites

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Narrow paths

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The beautiful architecture, eye catching colorful buildings and cobblestoned narrow paths  make this town seem like its come straight out of a fairy tale book.
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Medieval costumes… Taking you back in time

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Lookout point

 

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St. Olaf’s Church on the left side

Fun fact: St. Olaf’s Church was the tallest building in the world from 1549- 1625 and it is also Tallinn’s  biggest medieval structure.

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Tuomiokirkko Church

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We basically saw everything we wanted to see within the Old Town so we ventured out and went to  see the Russian Market. This area of Tallinn was a contrast from the walled city.
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Industrial looking building outside the Old Town

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For lunch we checked out another restaurant in the Old Town,  Rataskaevu 16. The food did not disappoint and the bathroom floor was crazy.
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Craziest floor.. Some kind of cave

For dinner we went to Restoran Ö and had a 7 and 11 course meal.
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SATURDAY
Unfortunately it was raining all day but that didn’t stop us from exploring, we went to see the Russian castle Kadriorg-palace. It was so windy out that my umbrella actually broke after we took this picture.
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Beautiful Baroque architecture

Because of the rain we took a 2.50 Euro Uber back into town (ya that’s right… Uber is so cheap here) and stopped at Reval Café for lunch and some coffee.
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Cloudy day at the market

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Shop stands

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Part of the wall

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For our Christmas dinner “Leon” made us a delicious batch of mussels and some veggie fries, we also had three bottles of wine and laughed a lot, we were truly
thankful to have family over for the holidays.
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The only christmas décor we had..Kitos Annicki