Saturday was reserved for exploring the town, but a few members of our group were able to arrange a tour of the Saare Yachts production facility. This sounded interesting enough, so we signed up for the trip. On our way back we had lunch at a restaurant called Kohvik Kodurand and ate some garfish (or needle fish), which was very tasty.
The rest of the day we walked around the town and tried to see the “real” Kuressaare. I wanted to explore the less touristy places, so we headed north to the residential areas. This was a good move and I found a lot of things and places to photograph.
I think the premise of the visit was to show the facility for potential Finnish buyers, but this in all probability was a white lie. At least I wasn’t going to buy a boat. I did like the surroundings and happily snapped away with my camera.
The place was really clean and uncluttered. Our visit was arranged on such a short notice that I’m inclined to believe that this is how clean they keep it at all times.
The backyard once again proved to be fruitful in finding something forsaken to photograph.
Kuressaare photo walk
In the afternoon we finally got to explore the town a bit better, so we began our walk from the town square. I really wanted to buy one of the saltshaker pigs, but I didn’t have any cash on me and naturally card payment wasn’t an option.
Alfred Hitchcock would be proud of this pigeon. It almost managed to ambush us, but I noticed the pigeon-shaped shadow on the ground.
The light was just perfect for this kind of photography. It made the shadows sharp without ridiculous amount of contrast.
I knew I’d find at least one old Lada hanging around, and I wasn’t disappointed.
This dog was all show and no go. He was really vocal, but he stayed stationary, although he wasn’t tied in. A funny little scruffy thing.
Next we came up on an old abandoned factory building of some sort. The local “urban artists” had decorated this place all around.
The locals like to anthropomorphize their animal characters. They are pretty good though.
Click the photos above to see them in a bigger size.
Even though some places were in a pretty bad state and run down, the craftsmanship could be seen all around.
After chilling a bit at the hotel we headed out for dinner at the Arensburg Restaurant. I was pretty much spent from a full day of photography, but I still took a few photos at the restaurant.
This really was a full day. It was also the last day in Kuressaare, but what a day it was. The weather was perfect and my memory card was full. What else could you ask for.