history, second hand, vintage, traveling

Fankadelik Vintage Store.

Now, I’ve saved the best part of the Tallinn Old Town for the last. May I introduce you to the Fankadelik Vintage shop?

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The atmosphere in the store is carefully planned and the personnel will happily assist you if there is something particular you are looking for. I have always personally found the ladies working here super friendly. Especially when I told them about this blog, they insisted me of taking as many pictures as I liked and needed for a good post!

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Though the store is filled with clothing racks, the space doesn’t feel like too small. There is also a hairdresser and a make-up artist working in the same premises; offering vintage-inspired transformations for the customers!

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My favourite part is probably trying on possible purchases in the Dita von Teese fitting room! Fankadelik isn’t definitely a cheap place but, again, the overall experience and high quality of their collection, location and service is worth spending the extra money.

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The latter room of the shop is dedicated to a more glamorous collection of evening gowns starting from the early 20th century!

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Fankadelik Vintage has also a good collection of accessories and jewellery to complete your look (from whichever era it is inspired from).

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Just look at all these small purses, sun glasses and brooches…

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You may find the store from the second floor of this yellow building. The entrance (notice the blue capital letters there!) is between two restaurants so after a good tour in the store you are able to rest your feet and enjoy a nice cold drink under the shade – or in the sun, however you prefer!

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Fankadelik also has a spectacular, well-thought Instagram account if you’re interested in seeing the collection more in detail and up-to-date!

Yours,

Miah

architecture, history, traveling

Tallinn Old Town (part 3).

This is the third and final part of the ‘Tallinn Old Town’ series! As usual, I tried to end it with a bang by climbing on top of the hill in order to provide you with some cool scenic pictures of Tallinn.

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After hiking in the heat for half an hour – there you go, voila!

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This was only the beginning.

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The Old Town wall from another angle.

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Perfectly planned family picnic; when you are able to pick between the sun and shade.

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And old Orthodox Christian church in the background.

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With the spirit of this one headstrong gentleman I want to end this post and thank you for following the ‘cruise series’! More culture-inspired content coming soon, so stay tuned, everyone!

Yours,

Miah

architecture, history, traveling, veganism

Tallinn Old Town (part 2).

After providing you guys with some overall

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How many times have I already confessed my passion for the old doors and entrances to historically important buildings? All this decadent romance is just too much to pass for me.

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Many of the cafes and restaurants in the Old Town of Tallinn had this rainbow type of interior that I absolutely adore! Yay, more colour to the life and living…

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A rather mysterious entrance into a masseur’s. The dim lightning even on a early summer day is magnificent!

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As usually, I completely forgot to book a table to the best restaurant in Tallinn, Vegan Restoran V, so I had to settle for taking pics only from the outside. Hopefully a proper restaurant review next time!

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A more in-detail pic of what the boutiques at the Old Town are.

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An old wooden building that could quite well be found from Finland, too. Though I think we would traditionally paint the building with the traditional red ochre paint.

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More pics and experiences coming on part three…

Yours,

Miah

architecture, history, traveling

Tallinn Old Town (part 1).

Hi there – and welcome to the first actual post on the ‘Tallinn series’!

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This is the view after a short walk from the D Terminal’ where at least some of the boats from Helsinki and Stockholm arrive. On the far left you may already see one of the church towers of the Old Town. Okay, there might be easier ways to get yourself there but as an old-fashioned countryside girl I’ve just always headed into that direction.

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A touristic restaurant boat with some interesting historic artefacts turned into show pieces.

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The first glimpse of the old town wall circling the Old Town of Tallinn.

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For me it’s always fascinating to observe how the man-made architecture and nature elements are tightly twisted around each other in every part of any given old town.

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Another church.

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Many countries have their embassies located in the Old Town of Tallinn!

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Absolutely loving this particular shade of green.

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We had a lovely lunch (or late dinner) at a Ukrainian restaurant located on the right side of this street.

Yours,

Miah

Finland, traveling

Helsinki-Tallinn Boat.

Moving on in the ‘cruise series‘ to talk about the shorter day trip to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. Since the Baltic Sea quite conveniently enables the fast transportation of people and goods between the surrounding countries, these kinds of cruises are pretty cost-efficient and popular amongst the port cities. If you are visiting Helsinki (and have enough time), I would definitely recommend doing at least a quick day trip to the Old Town of Tallinn. My return ticket with the early morning and afternoon boarding cost only 14 euros!

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Helsinki tram passing the West Terminal T2.

Today I wanted to show you another port of Helsinki; the one you use when travelling to Tallinn mainly. The ‘West Terminal’ (Länsiterminaali T2) is located a bit further from the centre in comparison with the ‘Olympic Terminal‘.

You can still quite conveniently make the trip by foot – and see more Helsinki on your way to the port. For example, you are able to visit the lovely flea market of Hietalahti on the way and make some cool second hand findings to take home with you!

But if you’re heading to spend a long day flaneuring in Tallinn, I completely understand the urge to hop into the public transportation and see the views from the window. Luckily, trams number 6T and 7 (via Central Railway Station) go all the way to the West Terminal: just be sure to get off at the right stop, when the display is saying ‘T2’ (and not ‘T1’).

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After hopping off your tram (or other mean transportation) of choice, you’ll find yourself in front of the newly renovated West Terminal!

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If you haven’t already done your check-in online in advance, the personnel at the Tallink info desk will assist you. Remember to take into account that, especially if you arrive a bit late, the line at the desk area might be quite long. But usually there is also a lot of staff there to help you so you should be able to make it on board in time!

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You may also use the self-check-in kiosks (in the picture above)! After getting your ticket (or already having it printed out at home or sent to your phone), you simply show it at the gates – and off you go to the waiting lobby located in the second floor of the glass building!

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These escalators will take you to the official waiting area where you may enjoy a cup of coffee and a sandwich before the gates are opened and the boarding will begin. I would highly advice you to take your time just chilling at the lobby and let the busier passengers get on board first while you’re still finishing your drink at the balcony.

On the other hand, the early birds who have patiently been waiting in line at the gates, usually get the best places on the boat. In the wintertime and during the weekdays there is usually a lot of space but when I did this trip on a sunny spring Saturday, I really had to circle around a bit in order to find a place to sit…

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Above is a picture of the ship called ‘Megastar’ (I don’t know what they’re supposed to be implying with that, though) docked to the terminal building.

And below is an accurate representation of the desperate line of cars trying to get into the boat, working as a ferry as well. I hope it wasn’t sold out and that all of them were able to make it to Tallinn!

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What do you think of the Estonian flag below?

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Like I mentioned before, I had some difficulties finding an appropriate spot for me to sit around. Luckily I found a relatively warm place from the sun deck area.

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On my next post I will show you around the Tallinn Old Town (in two or three parts due to my excessive photography, again)! So stay tuned and feel free to ask any questions or post comments below…

Yours,

Miah