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Paldiski is name for both peninsula and small town located in Estonia on the cost of Baltic Sea, 30km to the west from Tallin.
Before 1994, this little port town was a busy Soviet military base, home to nuclear rockets and submarines, and at one point, 16,000 military personnel. After the military had gone, the population was drastically reduced (now hovering at about 4,200) and Paldiski descended into a nightmarish state of decay.
When the Swedish creators of the dark film “Lilya 4-Ever” were looking for a generically depressing post-Soviet setting, they picked Paldiski.
This peninsula is famous for its spectacular limestone cliffs. Head to the Uuga limestone bank on the west side of the peninsula’s tip, where stairs give you a good view of the various rock strata (helpfully labelled). Then make your way to the point, where there’s a viewing platform, and try to get a look at the rare black guillemots, which look like little penguins.
On the east side you can find the Leeste limestone bank. Returning south along this same shore you come to a giant boulder in the sea called Saunakivi, and three waterfalls, the Valli, Raja and Kersalu.

(Source: Estonia in Your pocket: http://www2.inyourpocket.com/feature/55718-paldiski.html)

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