Tallinn – the Jewel of Estonia
At the guild halls, Tallinn

Tallinn – the Jewel of Estonia

During our six month stay in the Baltic countries, we found charms aplenty.  But the three capitals of these countries are the jewels in the northern European crown. Though beset with war and destruction for…

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Vilnius – the Jewel of Lithuania
Ducal palace

Vilnius – the Jewel of Lithuania

During our six month stay in the Baltic countries, we found charms aplenty.  But the three capitals of these countries are the jewels in the northern European crown. Though beset with war and destruction for…

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Riga – the Jewel of Latvia
Livu Square, with old merchant houses and 100-year old buildings, plus elegant St. Peter's Church tower

Riga – the Jewel of Latvia

During our six month stay in the Baltic countries, we found charms aplenty.  But the three capitals of these countries are the jewels in the northern European crown. Though beset with war and destruction for…

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De-fense: Body and Bay
Looming Poide fortified church, Saaremaa

De-fense: Body and Bay

Saaremaa is a roughly 70 by 40 kilometer rectangular chunk of island just off the western shore of Estonia, capping the whole Gulf of Riga. Since the 19th century, people have traveled here for the…

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Bonds with Brothers: A Remembrance of 9/11
Downtown Manhattan

Bonds with Brothers: A Remembrance of 9/11

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(The following elegy for 9/11/01 was written by our son, Erik, on the 15th anniversary of the attack on New York City. He was living there at the time. We are posting it because his…

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Finns running hot and cold
Sun-worshipping Finns

Finns running hot and cold

The Finns themselves say that they can seem cold, aloof to visitors. In public, for example, their custom is to stay in their own groups. At a restaurant or the very popular buffet lunches (lounas),…

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