Tallinn, the beautiful capital of Estonia is very proud of its medieval heritage.
So proud of its medieval Old Town, Tallinn has clearly passed a law forcing all locals working along its cobbled streets to wear traditional medieval dress during trading hours. Every waiter, waitress and tout within a five hundred metre radius of the town square (Raekoja Plats) appears to be dressed in nothing else.
Even non-human employees (of which there are many in the city) are apparently not exempt from this bye-law:
On my visit to Tallinn earlier this year, there appeared to be a rival costume troop making their presence known in the Old Town and vying for the attention of the locals and tourists.
Thankfully it was not a pack of Far Eastern rodents but a group of Malaysian dancers showcasing traditional Far Eastern dance.
It was difficult to tell what the locals thought of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Cultural Troupe.
The dancers seemed unfazed and continued to smile and dance for the Estonian crowd.
Maybe Tallinn is a hard crowd to please …
… or maybe they were as disappointed as I was that there were no mice involved in the performance.
There was no denying though that the Malaysian costumes were spectacular and stood out in the crowd…
… which put the local Estonian costumes slightly in the shade for one day at least.
Not everyone however, seemed unimpressed by the splash of Far Eastern colour in the Old Town that day.
Estonian spy catching at the Hotel Viru’s KGB museum
… and why it is advisable to carry around a neck-brace whilst admiring Tallinn’s beautiful Old Town