Maputo’s Surprising Style
Art deco Holy Cathedral, Maputo

Maputo’s Surprising Style

At the heart of Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, stands a bronze statue of Samora Machel, the country’s socialist revolutionary hero and first President. From the elliptical Praça de Independencia, he hails or blesses…

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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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