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Post by caysa on Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:55 pm

Kärdla, beeing a seashore town would have it's own harbour, we thought, as tehre is even a street named Sadama (harbour). So we drove there, to the end of the street before going to the hotel.

We found this - a police station and officially border control too.... but nothing in English this time.
There was no harbour !!! After a bit of investigation we found out that the harbour was destroyed in 1941.... and since nor rebuilt. Now, finally, a project has started and in 2013 a new yacht harbour will be welcoming visitors Laughing







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Post by caysa on Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:05 pm

Only Swedish people were sent to Ukraine. The Estonian people were a part of Russia (later Sovjet Union). The empress Catherine II, decided in 1781, that she did not want them around. 1000 people were sent off of which many did not survive the journey.
Later some decendents of these people have returned to Hiiumaa but most of them are actually on Gotland island, Sweden.

I will later here show you pics of "The Hill of Crosses".... this is related to the deported Swedish people....
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Post by Bisky on Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:09 pm

ergee wrote:Have all the inhabitants been deported to Ukraine or only the Swedish?
I suppose and fear: all. Terrible times!

It is hard to think about such pain and suffering.
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Post by caysa on Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:12 pm

If anyone is interested in seeing more of the military museum (the surroundings are real, there used to be a base here in this very house) - here is a link to their home page. Nothing is in English but you will have lots of pics to see and for sure you will understand what is what.

http://www.militaarmuuseum.ee/


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Post by caysa on Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:15 pm

Bisky wrote:
ergee wrote:Have all the inhabitants been deported to Ukraine or only the Swedish?
I suppose and fear: all. Terrible times!

It is hard to think about such pain and suffering.

And still today people have to leave their homes in many parts of the world.... The human race does not learn - there is always some people that think they have the right to be superior to other people.... Just look what is going on in the arab countries these days... SIGH....
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Post by Ophiophagus on Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:59 am

caysa wrote:..........we saw this - an abandoned bar - no more beer served here lol!


Brrr....This is a frightening place! Razz
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Post by caysa on Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:55 am

Yes, rather hopeless lol!
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Post by caysa on Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:05 pm

I still have pics... hope you don't get bored....

We visited more lighthouses:

Kõpu lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in the world - it has been in use ever since 1531 Shocked
Juha is up there tongue



I did not even try the steps with my sore toe.... but instead I did read the instructions real good:




The next lighthouse was that of Ristna:



and a bit later on the smaller ones in Orjaku:



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Post by Bisky on Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:38 am

I love how each lighthouse is totally different from the next.
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Post by caysa on Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:40 am

Bisky wrote:I love how each lighthouse is totally different from the next.
The lighthouses have always been so important to the villages. Building them must have been really big projects in those days. And they did compete with the hight of them too lol!
One day I want to visit Hiiumaa later in the autumn when evenings are dark, so that it is possible to see the lights too, as they all are working lighthouses.
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Post by Ricky on Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:55 am

Is the type of lighthouse in the last 2 pics common in this area? hummm I think I would not have recognized them as lighthouses at once as they look so untypical to me Shocked lol!
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Post by caysa on Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:51 am

They are quite typical near the shore in harbours, I think.
They are not meant to be seen from far away, only to guide the ships into the harbour itself. The last two are situated maybe 250 - 300 meters from each other and to safely approach the harbour you should see these lights like on top of each other, in a straight line so to say.
Perhaps one could say that they are more like "traffic lights" than lighthouses....
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Post by caysa on Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:27 pm

The next pictures are taken from on of the oddest places I have been to: The Hill of Crosses.
You need to read below to get an idea.



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Post by caysa on Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:46 pm

Look closely - and you will see that all the sticks are actually crosses




The road becomes a path... and it goes on and on and on deeper into the forest...





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Post by caysa on Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:51 pm









And this is the cross that we made:



One woman, who worked at the hotel, was also a Hiiumaa guide. She told us, that as religion was forbidden during the Sovjet regime, soldiers came here every week and distroyed all crosses but people came back and put more up. This "game" just went on until Sovjet was no more. Now it is part of the Hiiumaa tradition to come here and make a cross.
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Post by Bisky on Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:18 pm

Very interesting. Did you make a cross? (If I had known about this earlier, I would have asked you to make one for our unmarried son! whistle )
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Post by Ricky on Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:26 pm

Bisky wrote:Did you make a cross?

I recommend to read Caysa´s post again Razz Razz Wink Wink Laughing
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Post by caysa on Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:27 pm

Bisky wrote:Very interesting. Did you make a cross? (If I had known about this earlier, I would have asked you to make one for our unmarried son! whistle )
The last picture is our cross Laughing
Well, if nothing else helps, then we have to do another trip lol!
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Post by Bisky on Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:29 pm

Ricky wrote:
Bisky wrote:Did you make a cross?

I recommend to read Caysa´s post again Razz Razz Wink Wink Laughing


Oops! Embarassed Looked like I skimmed through it too fast!
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Post by caysa on Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:37 pm

lol! - that happens!
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Post by caysa on Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:27 am

Did you think my pictures finished ???
HAHA!! No way Laughing

Here are some random animal pictures:

Ship dogs we met:






... and some sheep



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Post by caysa on Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:32 am

In many places sheep and cows are used to keep the vegetation at the shores under control. The "modern" way of agriculture, where sheep and cattle were kept in small inclosures or inside barns all year around, started to spoil the beauty of the lowlands. The grass grew very thick and high and even the birds that used to come here to nest started to decrease. Now it is looking much better again Laughing









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Post by caysa on Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:40 am

Some birds that use these areas:


Crane (Grus grus)



Crane and Grey herons (Ardea cinerea) at least I think they were Grey herons...







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Post by ergee on Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:00 am

So you teased us...doing like there were no more pics! What a beauty
that 2nd cow...she just needs a bit of mascara to win the

Nice that you show us all those animals you met.. that black dog on the ship looks like Mr. Spikey sometimes does, like thinking: So what?

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Post by caysa on Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:26 am

He is a French Bulldog and his name was Otto, I thought it suited him and his funny face very well lol!
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Post by ergee on Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:28 am

caysa wrote:He is a French Bulldog and his name was Otto, I thought it suited him and his funny face very well lol!

probably his full name is: Fürst Otto von Bismarck!
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Post by caysa on Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:33 am

Hehe, very possible!!! He was a real Fürst !! His owner sailed alone with only Otto as company and he said that the trip is all about Otto!! OTTO RULES Laughing
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Post by ergee on Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:43 am






Those 2 things I found in Internet..The poem belonged to a Alfa, white dog, but to Otto it fits better...
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Post by caysa on Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:57 pm

Quite interesting!!! Thanks !
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Post by Ricky on Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:19 pm

The last pic of the Grey Herons is great!! (for some reason I didn´t see these pics before hummm )

Do you have any more pics of your trip to show?? Razz
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