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Tartu by foot

August 24, 2009

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Of course, not all of my walks were nostalgic and I soon let myself take on my usual post-modern flaneur pose. Old Tartuis picturesque and small, so it is both explorable and manageable. Both of which come in handy if you have a  bit less than three days to spend there. And if you need a rest, some of the  cafes alone would be worth a trip.

Guardian dragons - old time and new school.

Guardian dragons - old time and new school.

One of the things that struck me again was how green the town is, parks, residential areas lined with trees etc. I’m aware that there are probably parts of town where shadows are not cast by trees but by lines of concrete apartment blocks, but they are not all over the place. What you do see are little signs of decay, an occasional run down building, peeled of facade and similar, but it is not the kind of gloomy decay, not the kind I tried to convey in my post on Senj. It is the one that at least to me promises optimism, possibilities awaiting proper people or better times. But still, promising. 

Headed home.

Headed home.

Theoretical writings on photography routinely start off by emphasising that photos are not transparent windows onto reality. They rarely visualise this point.

Theoretical writings on photography routinely start off by emphasising that photos are not transparent windows onto reality. They rarely visualise this point.

Estonians appear to have a thing for sculptures. I remember noticing that the first time around. Some are nice, some a bit… hmm…lets just say “specific”.

Polishing of some sculptures is a hand job done on volunteer basis. Of course you noticed which parts are most shiny :) :)

Polishing of some sculptures is a hand job done on volunteer basis. Of course you noticed which parts are most shiny :) :)

Though I prefer the famous kissing statue, seems such nice and optimistic thing to put on main square.

Though I prefer the famous kissing statue, seems such nice and optimistic thing to put on main square.

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