Estonia Part 3
There aren’t many old walls left surrounding the medieval city,
but just a few. Sitting on the stairway up to the walls was a
musician playing a rather strange looking lute (guitar, or
whatever it’s called). Does anyone know what this is called?
At the other end of town was a student dressed in medieval garb
playing a keyboard (is that some kind of spinet? — I ought to
know these things). It looks a trifle small. Suggestions please
as to the proper name please.
My friend dived into the jewellery shops. This, of course, is
the centre of the trade in amber. At least I do know about this.
Amber is not a stone, but a resin, and some of the famous pieces
have insects trapped inside the resin where they have been
preserved for thousands of years. I also assumed there was only
the one colour for the pieces, that golden honey colour, but no,
there are various colours, including black.
I photographed the Blackheads’ Guild Hall. A rather unfortunate
name, but these guys initially were a military organisation who
at one time patrolled the city walls.
The building was completely renovated about a hundred years ago,
and looks rather impressive, especially the clock.
It gets tiring wandering along these old cobbled streets. How
the girls manage to hobble around on six inch heels I dont know,
but some of these wenches are going to end up with completely
screwed-up backs before they get much older.
We tottered off to have a drink. I rather like the beer
dispensers they have on the tables. This allows you to draw off
the amount you want into your ale jug, and keep topping up.
We then moved off to a street off the main square for a medieval
meal. I rather like the menu.
…to be continued
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