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Snow on the agenda when Irish enter our enchanting, fairytale city

Estonian view

Mait Martinson

Published 14/10/2011 | 05:00

LYING on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, increasingly frequent and cheap flights mean Estonia and Ireland have never been closer.

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We have a population of just 1.3 million people although about 2,000 Estonians are scattered throughout Ireland, so there already exists a great rapport between our two nations.

When the Irish travel to Tallinn next month they will see that our capital is one of the few places in Europe where the fairytale of medieval walls, turrets, spires and winding cobblestone streets has survived intact.

The Old Town is beautiful and enchanting.

Because it's winter, it will be the perfect time for football fans to enjoy our luxury accommodation with fireside gourmet food, not to mention our famous chocolateries.

One thing is for sure, Estonians will provide a very warm welcome to our Irish friends for the play-off although the weather may not match the mood.

In November you can expect typical temperatures of anywhere between 3C and 7C and there is always a good chance of snow.

But it all adds to the mood at the end of the day and apart from the football, I know Irish visitors will enjoy strolling around our city and enjoying the many eateries.

Our traditional food is hearty fare -- pork, chicken, potatoes and dense breads are particular favourites and we always recommend our local Estonian beers Saku and A le Coq, the sponsors of our football stadium.

Here in Estonia we want you to discover the beauty, friendliness and surprises that we have to offer in your own way.

We like to think we have something to interest everybody, even a good football match now and again.

Mait Martinson is the Estonian Ambassador to Ireland

Irish Independent

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