26th April 2015 – Tallinn, Estonia
A Unesco sight had me in ruptures, and
A pink parliament, even more. Pink? Really?
But more amazing was the sight of a toilet.
Million crowns strong. Had me in a real laughing spree!
Tallinn has a very different old town, from the rest of Eastern Europe.
For one, there is a heavy medieval feeling around this place. A UNESCO world heritage site by itself, the old town has survived the excessive bombing of the Soviet air force at the end of the Second world war, and the passing of time itself. At the heart of the old town, is the hill of Toompea and the cafe-filled square which is called the Raekoja plats.
But it was none of these that caught my attention. It was a toilet!
There is a swedish-built automatic toilet on the Toompea hill, in front of Riigikogu, the pink parliament of Estonia. (No kidding. The whole parliament is painted totally pink in colour). And this toilet is a tourist attraction in itself. Called the ‘million crown toilet’ because of the controversy surrounding it during the launch in 2003. When the currency of Estonia was still the Estonian Crown (EEK), the previous city government had spent EEK 2.3 million (EUR 150000) to have this single-seating spartan toilet built. And worse, it broke down 3 days after installation.
Oh, the quirky stories I pick up the road!