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The Conference Post-tour
Discover lake Peipsi region!
Peipsi   We will visit the Peipsi region. Lake Peipsi is the 4th biggest lake in Europe, is the eastern border of Estonia (and the EU). On the western coast of this lake lives a unique community of Russian Old Believers - people who have retained their old religion and traditions for centuries.
Varnja   The Museum of Living History in Varnja has been created by four brave ladies in the neighbourhood. The simple brick house will enable us to enter behind the scenes and see some examples of the folk costumes of the Old Believers, to hear about their everyday life and if we are lucky – even some legends!

We will visit the prayer house in the village of Varnja (NB! Head-scarves are obligatory for women). In addition to being allowed to enter the sanctuary of this very special ethnic and cultural group we will have a chance to meet a representative of the congregation who will share with us special information about their rites, traditions and religion. In addition to the icons and old song books, the atmosphere of peace and calm may help us think away the daily routines and worries.

Varnja-Kasepää-Kolkja are all villages that are situated along one and the same street. Driving through this we can catch a glimpse of the everyday life of the community, who have made growing onions and fishing their way of life already centuries ago.
Alatskivi   The castle at Alatskivi has been considered to be the most picturesque building in Neo-Gothic style in the Baltic states. The example for this castle was the English royal residence Balmoral in Scotland built by Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert. The castle was built 1880-1885 under the leadership of the enthusiastic Baron Arved Georg von Nolcken. Although only three halls of the 99 rooms in the castle have been renovated, we consider it a privilege to be able to follow the progress and future plans for the castle, inspired by the belief of the local enthusiasts. The beautiful garden around the castle grows into a forest garden, covering altogether 130 hectares and being thus the biggest one in Tartu county.
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Palamuse   After a tasty lunch in the restaurant "Apollo Belvedere" we will visit the Oskar Luts Parish museum in Palamuse. Oskar Luts is one of the most beloved Estonian writers and his trilogy "Spring", "Summer" and "Autumn" followed by the "Winter" are definitely known for every Estonian. The best known are still "Spring" and "Summer" which speak about the school-days and growing up of a small class of children in a village school. The characters exist in every class, in every school even today, it is said. But we will be able to see the very classroom and yard that have inspired Luts to tell his story and which every Estonian has seen in the films of the same name.

We will arrive in the Tallinn at 16.30.

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