The 2015 European Tree of the Year is Estonia’s Oak tree on a football field.
Is there a place in the world where you can find a stadium which has an
oak tree in the middle of it? For the locals in Orissaare its a common
thing, but this tree is at heart of the community. Before 1951 there was
a small sporting area beside the oak tree, and when it was expanded the
tree ended up in the middle of the stadium. Legend says two of Stalin´s
tractors tried to pull it out of the ground, but the cables kept
breaking. It still has marks from the cables. Students know how to use
the tree to complete passes, and it offers shade to the players.Read more...
Saaremaa was chosen as one of the 1000 places you must see before you die.
The Estonian Saaremaa island is one of the 1,000 places to see before
you die, a book by the same name, claimed to be a New York Times
bestseller, published at the end of last year, declares, reports Saarte
Haal. The book ‘1,000 Places to See before You Die,’ by Patricia
Schultz, contains information about the Kuressaare castle, Viidumae
nature preserve, Sorve peninsula, Georg Ots Spa hotel and Padaste
Manor’s Alexandri restaurant. Also a few catering facilities in Tallinn
have been listed. “This is unbelievable and excellent,” Kuressaare
tourism information center head Karmen Paju and tourism lecturer Lii
Muru said. Paju said that there are a lot of people who set their travel
route on the basis of such books, and thinks that some U.S. travel
organizers who have repeatedly visited Saaremaa are “guilty” for the
island being included in the book.