The wild strawberry field
February 24th marked 95 years since the declaration of Estonian independence. The occasion was celebrated with the annual presidential reception, held at the Estonia Theatre in Tallinn this year, and a concert. The 24th was a beautiful sunny day, the first one we had seen in quite a while, and the blue, black, and white flag hung proudly in front of houses and buildings throughout the city and the Old Town. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, in his address to Estonians at home and abroad made the following statement: “All that is dear and sweet does not have to be big and grand. Estonia is like a wild strawberry: pristine and small, difficult to find and those who do not know how to, fail to recognise and value it. But once we possess it, once it is ours, then it is one of the best things of all. Our home is a wild strawberry field." ”Words that could not be truer.
The best way to become acquainted with Estonia is to learn about its history. In this issue we have a guide to Tallinn museums that house exhibits about the last century of Estonian history. Or if indulgence is more your style, our Tallinn café guide will show you some of the city’s best, and oldest. Take a bit of Estonia home with you. Our restaurant page has a recipe by chef Emmanuel Wille, inspired by the traditional Estonian ingredient, kama. Happy travels!