Sunday, January 25, 2015

A mini break in Ida-Virumaa

Last weekend we spent a relaxing day-off in Ida-Virumaa. We visited Saka Manor, a restored manor in Northern Estonia. Now it is a beautiful hotel and a spa. Located on the coast, truly beautiful all year round.

After checking in we took a short ride across the shore. The roads were quite icy. Our first stop was at Valaste Waterfall, the highest waterfall in Estonia. I have seen it once before in summer but I never knew how beautiful it is in winter when it is partly frozen. I wish I had my camera with me. One of the few times I did not take it with me unfortunately.

Then we drove past Ontika Manor and ended up in Narva-Jõesuu, mostly visited during summer. We had lunch in a charming cafe, Lemmik. As Narva-Jõesuu is so close to the Russian border, it is natural people speak Russian there too. But it was interesting that the caterers did not speak nor understan Estonian at all. Pancakes were delicious and so was the tea.

Our spa time began at 15.30, so after lunch we headed back to Saka. The spa was quite small but charming. It contained two pools (one for the adults and one for children), hot and cold water minipools and three saunas.

We had dinner in Saka Manor`s restaurant. Good food.

And our day ended with watching Eat, Pray, Love. As a part of this year`s reading challenge I recently read it. Oh, what a wonderful book. I found myself (or recognised myself as I used to be) on quite a lot of pages. And watching the film with an excellent company was so nice. The entire day had been so enjoyable.

Next morning we had breakfast, walked up to Saka Waterfall and headed back home.

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