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Gert posted a photo of Presidential Palace in Tallinn and was surprised that it was possible to come close to it. I was curious how it is and also went to Kadriorg Park. As you can see, the flag was there so President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves was there. He was elected by an electoral body on 23 September 2006 and re-elected on 29 August 2011.
It is no problem with walking around this residential palace. I didn't try to come close to the guard and to say hello to them, but I could come closer. Moment later there was the change of guards and next to me was a group of children also observing it. It seems that Estonians like the pink colour because the parliament building, next to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, is also in pink colour.
For a few years during Estonia's first period of independence (1918 - 1940), the Estonian head of state worked out of the Kadriorg Palace, but in 1938, this purpose-built presidential palace was opened next to it, just up the hill. Since the building serves as the President's office and residence, it's closed to visitors, but you can still wander into the parking area for a better view and, if your timing is lucky, you'll see the honour guards marching out front.

Gert had better weather, with sun and blue sky, but not always sun shines.

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