Saaremaa, Kuressaare 2015 – Part 3

Green wall and metal stairs.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.

Saare Yachts

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.

Inside Saare Yachts woodworking area.

Inside Saare Yachts wood­work­ing area.

Shaper blades.

Shaper blades.

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.

Flaking paint on a wooden sailboat.

A sail­boat gone to the dogs.

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.

Salt shaking pigs and other wooden things.

Salt shak­ing pigs and oth­er wood­en things.

Alfred Hitch­cock would be proud of this pigeon. It almost man­aged to ambush us, but I noticed the pigeon-shaped shad­ow on the ground.

A pigeon watching down from a roof.

I had a feel­ing some­one was watch­ing me…

The light was just per­fect for this kind of pho­tog­ra­phy. It made the shad­ows sharp with­out ridicu­lous amount of con­trast.

A doorway and a pentice.

Doors are among my most favorite sub­jects to pho­to­graph.

I knew I’d find at least one old Lada hang­ing around, and I wasn’t dis­ap­point­ed.

Old yellow Lada.

The car, the myth, the leg­end.

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.

A really grumpy old pooch guarding a yard.

This was a real­ly grumpy old pooch warn­ing us to not get any clos­er.

Next we came up on an old aban­doned fac­to­ry build­ing of some sort. The local “urban artists” had dec­o­rat­ed this place all around.

A broken light switch.

Per­ma­nent­ly switched off.

The locals like to anthro­po­mor­phize their ani­mal char­ac­ters. They are pret­ty good though.

Click the pho­tos above to see them in a big­ger size.

A street view of a building, door and a pentice.

Did I men­tion how much I enjoy doors already?

Even though some places were in a pret­ty bad state and run down, the crafts­man­ship could be seen all around.

A decorative electrical cabinet.

Even the elec­tri­cal cab­i­nets are fan­cy.


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.

Butter, salt and herbs.

The but­ter, of course, was impos­si­ble to spread on the bread.

Cutlery reflecting off of a wine glass.

Reflect­ed din­ner.

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.


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