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Užupis, Vilnius, Lithuania
We stumbled onto this delightful little spot while wandering the meandering streets of the old town. They have the best koldunai (delicate dumplings with fillings of meat, cheese, potato, etc.), lovingly handmade on the premises. Beautiful, light...
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Jurgaičiai 81439, Lithuania
Although not religious I admit to saying a prayer when I visit sacred sites around the world. It is a way of paying respect to the culture and beliefs of others. The Hill of Crosses located outside Šiauliai in Lithuania is a well known pilgrimage...
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These girls were heading to the church on August 15th, Ascension Day near Trakai castle about 30 minutes from Vilnius, Lithuania.
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Trakai 21142, Lithuania
The location of Trakai Island Castle is stunning and would be the place for a perfect day outdoors in any season. The Castle itself is a museum with collections of jewelry, ceramics, glassworks, and other odds and ends from the time period. I'm...
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Tallinn, Estonia
Things were quiet and somewhat quaint in the old city of Tallinn until we came across a gentleman in medieval garb slinging lit torches in ever-increasing difficult patterns.
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Tallinn, Estonia
Tallin's old town walls have stood for over 700 years, guarding a maze of streets and a fantastic cobblestone square that comes alive every lunchtime with the clatter of coffee cups and the mumble of meetings. You can take a walk along part of the...
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Raekoja plats 1, 10114 Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn's Town Hall is full of festivities despite the bitter cold in the city. The city may be smaller compared to Vilnius and Riga, but it is definitely more colorful around this time of the year.
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Raekoja plats 1, 10146 Tallinn, Estonia
In Tallinn, we took a bus tour of the city and spent much of our time exploring the Old Town. There was a Russian Orthodox Cathedral and a park to walk through, along with lovely historical buildings. From the top of the hill, we could see...
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Raekoja plats 1, 10114 Tallinn, Estonia
The centerpiece of Tallinn’s Old Town is Town Hall Square, a public space for vendors, events, and ceremonies since the 14th century. The site of a Christmas tree festival since 1441, the Town Hall Square still hosts numerous festivals and...
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A few steps away from the Old Town Square is Catherine’s Passage, a narrow cobblestone walkway that dates back to the Middle Ages. Lined with restaurants, the street has photo-ops at every turn and is also the best place to buy traditional...
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Vene 10, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia
A European classic, Dominic elevates the local dining scene with its elegant interiors and impeccably prepared dishes (sea bass with roasted cauliflower, duck with apple-celery puree and beet marmalade). Dominic also has a cigar room and a lovely...
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Pikk 22, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia
The Estonian Handicraft House is run by the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union, which promotes and preserves the traditional handicrafts of Estonia as well as organizes fairs and workshops. To ensure the certified authenticity of your purchases,...
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Lossi plats 10, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia
Crowning the hill of Toompea, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one Tallinn’s grandest Orthodox cathedrals. The domed church was completed in 1900 in the Russian Revival style but almost faced demolition later when it was considered a symbol of...
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Pikk 16, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia
At Maiasmokk (or "Sweet Tooth"), there's an air of nostalgia and tradition. The café has been been delighting Tallinn residents with its fresh pastries, cakes and candies since 1864. Order the chocolate pavlova or the cherry truffles at the cozy...
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Nēģu iela 7, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Riga seems to be pretty good at recycling historical venues - the 400 year old buildings of the old town, for instance, are now pizza joints and nightclubs. The pavilions housing the central market, opposite the train station, were actually built...
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Brīvības bulvāris 23, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
This was my first visit to a Russian Orthodox church and it was every bit as trippy as I could have hoped. I've long enjoyed visiting the sumptuous Catholic cathedrals of France, Spain and Italy, but nothing quite prepared me for the sheer...
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Alberta iela, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Riga has a number of astounding Art Nouveau buildings, but no better concentration of them than on Albert Street. A short road where every building tries to outdo the last, it's the ultimate address for a pre-Raphaelite beauty (and the most...
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Alberta iela 12, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Riga, Latvia has some of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture anywhere in the world. Most of the buildings are concentrated on Elizabete iela and Alberta iela and are the work of architect Mikhail Eisenstein. Before you leave for Riga,...
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Riga, Latvia
Riga has the largest concentration of Art Nouveau buildings in the world, several of which were designed by Mikhail Eisenstein, father of the famous Russian film director, Sergei Eisenstein. This stylized Greek warrior (designed by Eisenstein) is...
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Nēģu iela 7, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Jet lag had us in bed early and up early. With most of Riga just getting ready for the start of the work day, my travel partner and I headed out to explore Riga's Central Market, Europe's largest market and bazaar. By the time we arrived at the...