Tallinn, Estonia

A cotton candy confection of pastel hues, the Old Town of Tallinn is a city right out of a fairy tale. Pink and yellow and green and blue buildings around every corner, it bubbles and sparkles with charm. Golden crosses atop onion shaped domes shimmer in the sunshine. The medieval passageways are a labyrinth of well trod cobblestones. An old Russian barracks turned prison, imposing towers and a pretty pink palace hint of the presence of a colourful and sinister villain - a must in every good fairy tale.

We arrived by sea, crossing the Gulf of Finland from Helsinki aboard a large cruise ship. On our arrival, we caught a cab to the top of the old town to view the city from above. We strolled slowly down the winding streets to the large market square, bustling with vendors and shoppers alike.