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Sunset over the Baltic Sea

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Sunset over the Baltic Sea.
Photographed in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia.
Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

This is a look at the sun as it sets over the Baltic Sea. I was ensconced in front of a window under a stairway (since the boat ran out of places to sit .. I know, this was almost impossible for me to believe, too, given the overall size of the ferry). I sat there in front of that window for the duration of the journey, drinking beer, taking pictures (nearly all of which were ruined by glare from the window glass) and, because ScienceBlogs was nonfunctional at the time, I twittered the world with news of the tremendous injustice of being a blog writer with a laptop, power, and free wifi in the middle of the Baltic Sea, whose blog was broken.

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Goodbye to Tallinn's Old Town

Aug 26 2009 Published by under My Pictures, Tallinn, Estonia

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Gates (from the inside).
Photographed in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia.
Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

Do you know how, when an amazing experience is coming to an end, and you just want it to last a little bit longer, you fill your eyes and your heart with as many memories as you can get in those parting moments? This is what I did, and I also snapped photographs of anything, just to preserve those last moments.

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One Last Beer in Tallinn

Aug 26 2009 Published by under My Pictures, Tallinn, Estonia

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Grog.
Photographed in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia.
Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

All hail to the mighty beer, brewed in the original style, using ingredients that approximate (as closely as possible) what was originally used. My beer had a distinct cinnamon flavor.

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Beer on a Bicycle in Tallinn, Estonia

Aug 26 2009 Published by under Image of the Day, My Pictures, Tallinn, Estonia

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Having a beer in Tallinn.
Photographed in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia.
Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

I know this picture is blurry, but hey, I was running after these guys when I snapped it!

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Wandering Through Tallinn as the Sun Sets

Aug 25 2009 Published by under My Pictures, Tallinn, Estonia

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A tunnel to an open street in Tallinn's Old Town.
Photographed in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia.
Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

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The Wall around Old Town, Part 4: Get Down Off that Wall

Aug 25 2009 Published by under Image of the Day, My Pictures, Tallinn, Estonia

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Light.
Photographed in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia.
Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

I thought I was done sharing pictures from the wall surrounding the Old Town portion of Tallinn, but I was wrong. After looking through my images today, I realized I have more that I want to share with you.

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The Wall around Old Town, Part 3: Atop the Wall

Aug 24 2009 Published by under Image of the Day, My Pictures, Tallinn, Estonia

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Looking towards the next tower along the wall around Old Town.
Photographed in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia.
Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

This is, in my opinion, one of the most spectacular views I've ever had the pleasure to see. I hope my photographs from atop the wall around Old Town can capture this for you well enough that you understand what I saw and experienced while I was in Tallinn.

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The Wall around Old Town, Part 2: Inside the Wall

Aug 23 2009 Published by under My Pictures, Tallinn, Estonia

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A room inside the wall around Old Town.
Photographed in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia.
Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

This is a room inside the wall that surrounds the Old Town portion of Tallinn, Estonia. As you can see, this room is in remarkably pristine condition, despite being older than god. Sorry that the pic is so bad, but the ambient lighting was impossible to deal with.

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The Wall around Old Town, Part 1, Climbing the Wall

Aug 23 2009 Published by under Image of the Day, My Pictures, Tallinn, Estonia

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The wall around Old Town.
Photographed in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia.
Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

The Historic Center of Tallinn, known as "Old Town", was one of the best fortified cities in Europe, with 66 towers adorning the city wall. Today, only 20 or so of these cannon towers remain. The history of Talinn as a trading town is still evident in the beauty of its buildings (for example, refer to the lovely dragons that I photographed on this building, which is now an art gallery).

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Tallinn Amber Mall

Aug 22 2009 Published by under My Pictures, Tallinn, Estonia

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Amber Mall.
Photographed in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia.
Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

This lovely building reminded me of NYC's Flatiron Building in Manhattan, a triangular-shaped building that once was the tallest building in the world. This building in the Old Town portion of Tallinn, Estonia, is where Baltic amber -- fossilized pine tree resin -- is sold. Baltic amber is the oldest amber in the world, but it is not as likely to have insect "inclusions" as the much younger ambers found in the Dominican Republic (the other large source of amber in the world) and other locales in the New World. Amber has been prized by many cultures since the Stone Age, and magical or supernatural properties were often associated with it.

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