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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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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Latvia’s Drive-By Museum
Honoring the stalwart road surveyors at the Road Museum

Latvia’s Drive-By Museum

In the midst of a long day trip west of Riga, we chanced on an unusual museum, a testament to someone’s obsession for a subject – in this case, the enchantment of road building. Our…

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Spit and Polish, Part 2
Insect inclusions

Spit and Polish, Part 2

In part 1, we discover why the Curonian Spit along the Baltic Sea is so unusual and engaging (click here to read it). In this part, we polish up our know-how about amber, the Baltic…

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Revered: The Hill of Crosses
Approaching the Hill of Crosses, Siauliai, Lithuania

Revered: The Hill of Crosses

Heading from Vilnius to Riga, we diverted a bit to visit the renowned Hill of Crosses (Kryžių kalnas) near Siauliai, Lithuania. It’s really just two coupled mounds beside a country road in the middle of…

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Spit and Polish, Part 1
Weathercocks, Nida

Spit and Polish, Part 1

In this part, we discover why the Curonian Spit along the Baltic Sea is so unusual and engaging. In part 2, we polish up our know-how about amber, the Baltic gold - finding the good,…

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