Ilus Tartu: beautiful Tartu

Haven’t blogged for a while as I’ve been too busy. And now, a week into my intensive Estonian course in Tartu, my head’s too full of Estonian declensions to write a proper blog. So I thought I’d share some photos from my Saturday morning walk around Tartu’s university park and “Toomemägi” (cathedral hill). I hadn’t known what to expect of Estonia’s second city, with its reputation as a “closed city” in Soviet times, but I think the pictures speak for themselves …

 

 

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Angel’s bridge: typical neoclassical style, with the inscription “Otium reficit vires” (leisure restores strength)

 

 

 

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19th century café evokes Russian influence
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Pagan roots: one of the many “sacrifice stones” in Estonia

 

 

 

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Part of ruined cathedral – once the university library, now a museum
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Kristjan Jaak Peterson, Estonian national poet who died aged 21 and walked from Riga to Tartu
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Back down the hill past the Department of Languages, where my Estonian classes are held
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Town-hall square
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Ceci n’est pas une université
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Emajõgi – Tartu’s river – literally “mother river”

Mul ei ole enam ema , aga ma armastan Emajõge – “I no longer have a mother, but I love Emajõgi” (as we might say in Estonian class).

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And finally … Foucault’s pendulum

Taeva all on ainult üks perekond – “under the heavens there is but one family” (Bruce Lee).


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