Friday 11 July 2014
Sorry for repeating myself, but it was another glorious morning. I went for a morning run and started by running up the stairs of the old Russian cultural house, just next to the hotel. This must be one of the most brutal ruins or houses you can imagine. It’s lovely in its bombastic concrete way. Amazing. A mix of an Egyptian pyramid and a Mayan temple, done in slowly cracking concrete, at the very western end of the old Soviet Empire. Now all empty with a great view over the Finnish Bay, the eastern part of Baltic Sea. I ran over it, down the cracked steps with shrubs coming through the cracks. Then I kept on following the harbour side west and came upon endless old Soviet ruins, overgrown rubble, steel watch towers and a very fascinating part of the history of Tallinn. Big factories and ruins, then old apartment blocks and old wooden buildings. I ran through Kopli-kolmistu park, up among more old houses towards the old customs area. Then back along a long sandy beach, very pretty and enjoyable. Up along more parks with twisted pines, along streets with very nice old houses, often unpainted or with flaking paint, up to below the imposing old town walls. The Old Town is very extensive and for a while I got a bit lost up on the western end and found myself on a hig viewing point, overlooking this fascinating city.
The spa and pool area of the hotel was another planet twenty minutes later.