Thursday, May 22, 2014

Rakvere Spa hotel and Vihula, Sagadi and Palmse manors

Our first family trip to Rakvere and Lääne-Virumaa county manors!
First, we stopped to see Jägala waterfalls. Unfortunately the water levels were low. Better luck next time.


Then we went to Rakvere to see the castle from medieval times. It was super hot outside.

 Some nice views.


A really nice big castle.

Matthew was misbehaving again.

Our baby likes goats and horses  and other animals and birds.


Nice to see there is so much torturing for all the visitors.


An exhibition of swords. Replicas that you could touch as much as you wanted.


A huge chess board.


Rakvere castle walls, you can see a big bull statue if you look closely.


In Vihula manor house. It is super big! They have all the buildings renovated, like vodka mill etc. Baltic Germans liked their vodka and the money they got from producing it. Using my ancestors who had to work for free.
Eating some super sweet treats from a local bakery.


Vihula manor. They have a restaurant in the main building, one of the 50 best restaurants in Estonia.


Felt like a fancy lady hanging out in the gazebo.

Nice view from the gazebo.




There is a nice lake and a river surrounding the manor home.

Gardens


The main building in the background.

Tea house

Cellar of the manor home


Sagadi manor - the next manor we visited.  They had fancy chairs and a table in every single room. I told Matthew, I wonder if all they did was sit. He said, well, they had your ancestors do all the hard work so that is what they probably did all day.

A nice view!

Entrance of the manor


Palmse manor. A few buildings behind the main building. They also had a restaurant, gardens, a palm house that was closed.


The main building. The facade was being renovated.


Lovely and cool downstairs.




We loved our trip! Estonia has so many nice places. I am already planning another trip.

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