02 November 2006


Pärnu, on the western coast of Estonia, is the country's summertime capital. Yet it's beauty is just as evident in the late fall, when I was there.

Below, there's Raimond Valgre with his accordion outside what is said to be Estonia's largest beer hall.

I heard the Tallinn Boys' Choir sing Purcell's "Funeral Music of Queen Mary" inside St. Elizabeth's Church, built in 1747 for Elizabeth, Empress of Russia. St. Catherine's Church, with the green roof, was built in 1768 for Empress Catherine II. The brown, brick Lord's Transfiguration Orthodox Church was built in 1904.