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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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Lai 1, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia
Puppetry is a hugely popular art form in the Baltic states and I was keen to see a performance. Lucky for us, our apartment in Tallinn was located just a couple of blocks away from the NUKU Theatre which houses a puppet museum, a puppet research...
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Saiakang 2, 10146, Tallinn, 10146 Tallinn, Estonia
Kehrweider is a popular, local chain of coffee cafes with branches located throughout Tallinn. We happened upon the newest addition to the chain, Kehrwieder Röstikoda, in old town Tallinn. What initially drew us to the place was the sight of the...
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Estonia
I found Aivar Ruukel through his profile on afar.com . The calendar said it was August 31 the day we met up with Aivar but autumn arrives early in Estonia and it was a picture perfect fall day to spend a few hours in his favorite place, Soomaa...
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Side, Pärnu, 80010 Pärnu maakond, Estonia
We took a quick stop by the beach in Parnu. These little kiosks are everywhere.
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Rakvere, Lääne-Viru County, Estonia
I visited this village and castle one cold winter's day with a couple of Estonian friends a few years ago. The town had a nice quasi-eastern european feel to it and the castle in the distance was quite impressive. It's located about 100 km east of...
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Põhjaka mõis, Mäeküla, vald, Paide vald, 72604, Estonia
Halfway between Tallinn and Tartu, Põhjaka mõis (in English, Põhjaka manor) is a rustic manor house that serves fantastic Estonia food in a completely unassuming location. Servers were friendly, the food sourced locally, and the restaurant...
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Toompuiestee 37, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia
In the context of the bygone Soviet times, the market could be considered an entrepreneurial experiment of sorts. A far cry from the modern city centre, it's still very alive today and frequented by locals seeking better deals on food or clothes....
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A. Weizenbergi 26, 10127 Tallinn, Estonia
It is a haven in the city center where you can escape from crowd and enjoy nice weather while walking through the historical sights from Czars' time. It also helped me to understand why Tallinn is called "the green city" and Estonia is regarded as...
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Estonia, Väike-Karja 8, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia
If you are a proper beer drinker like me and enjoying causy pub atmospheres, Drink Bar is the right place for you. They have amazing selection of local and import beers. I also enjoyed their pub food pretty much. Amazing food which goes along with...
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Viru väljak 3, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia
Estonians turned this ex-industrial site into a lively neighborhood with full of amazingly renovated buildings. Nowadays, it is place to work, live, eat, shop... This interesting neighborhood also hosts a shop of producer of delicious Estonian...
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Rataskaevu 3, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia
Although design of the place is a bit awkward, the pancakes are the best in the country. Prices are reasonable, portions are huge. What do you need more?
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Müürivahe 20, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia
Must Puudel is a popular café among locals and the perfect place to enjoy your morning over a cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast. The interiors boast cool nostalgic details as well as design elements from the Soviet era. It’s definitely worth...
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Niine 11, 10414 Tallinn, Estonia
The quality of the food that you get in this café/bistro is unheard of for such little money, even rivalling the standards of a fine dining restaurant. Sesoon’s seasonal menu is constantly changing and includes several vegetarian options. None of...
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Kopli 18, 10412 Tallinn, Estonia
Away from the busy centre of the city, Boheem is the perfect place for enjoying a quiet afternoon and diving deep into the slow pace of the neighbourhood. The food keeps you coming back while the portion sizes leave you groaning ( they're huge!)....
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Pikk 39, 10133 Tallinn, Estonia
Hell Hunt is allegedly the oldest pub in Tallinn making it as traditional as a pub can be. They have a wide selection of beers, including house beer (and cider) and impressive menu for a pub, plus the food is good. In addition they have daily...
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Kungla 41, 10411 Tallinn, Estonia
Ülane's bohemian loft is the perfect place to stay at if you're tired of crowded hostels/hotels. This place really feels like home and all the wooden details make it really cosy. It's located in Kalamaja district, which is hip and upcoming area...
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Rotermanni 8, 10111, Tallinn, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia
Rotermann quarter has something for everyone - amazing modern architecture for the art-interested, restaurants and cafes for gourmands, high (and low) fashion for shopaholics and convenient setting for people-watching or just relaxing.
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This is where you can get ethnic traditional designs with a modern twist. There's everything from kitchenware to cell phone accessories. And they have an online store!
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A. Weizenbergi 34, 10127 Tallinn, Estonia
First off, I'm not particularly interested in arts, so if I am praising an art museum it is a big deal. KUMU can capture my attention for hours and I've been there a few times, it just never gets old. There's something new featured regularly and...
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Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, 13521 Tallinn, Estonia
If you're curious to see how Estonians used to live then this is the place for you. They've basically gathered old farmhouses and homesteads from all over the country and formed a village out of them. Sometimes there's also unusual presentations...
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10133 Tallinn, Estonia
One of the most recognizable icons in Tallinn, Pikk Hermann (Hermann Tower) was built in the 14th century as part of the Toompea Castle. Visible from almost anywhere in Old Town, it's the tallest tower of the remaining original fortifications. It...
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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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Lossi plats 1a, 15165 Tallinn, Estonia
Situated on Toompea Hill in central Tallinn, the Toompea Castle has served both as a defensive stronghold and governmental building since the 9th century. The walls were built in the 13th century while later, when the city was part of the Russian...
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Pühavaimu 2, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia
This Lutheran church is adjacent to the Old Town Square and is one of the Old Town's most famous landmarks. Dating to the 14th century, the church has an austere, whitewashed exterior with stepped gables and an octagonal tower and surprisingly...
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Valge 1, 10127 Tallinn, Estonia
Completed in 2006, the headquarters of the Art Museum of Estonia, KUMU, was the result of an international architecture competition, and its design is a reflection of the museum’s forward-looking agenda and beliefs. The extensive permanent...
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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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Niguliste 3, 10146 Tallinn, Estonia
Begun in the mid-13th century, St. Nicholas Church has survived centuries of renovations, iconoclastic attacks, bombings, fires and restorations. Its current appearance dates from the 15th century, with alterations to the tower done in the 17th...
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Pühavaimu 13/15, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia
Situated in the heart of the Old Town, the Golden Piglet Inn specializes in traditional Estonian cuisine, with homemade cumin cheese and the country’s famous blood sausages on the menu. For dessert, try the tuuliku kama, a yogurt mixed with rye,...
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Viru 8, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia
During the summer, Cru’s terrace brims with beautiful flowers and plants sheltered by colorful awnings. Patrons come here for the ambiance—the setting is conducive to gathering and sharing—but the food is also a serious undertaking. Dishes—such as...
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10130 Tallinn, Estonia
Hidden in a street not far from Toompea Hill, this intimate and charming café is the definition of cozy. With a pleasant courtyard garden, Bogapott offers high-quality, tasty food as well as an art gallery and pottery studio.
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Niine 11, 10414 Tallinn, Estonia
Just north of the Old Town, Kohvik Sesoon serves authentic Scandinavian and Baltic cuisine in a warm, modern setting. Seafood is the highlight, as are the great cocktails and wine list. Set away from the tourist restaurants, Kohvik Sesoon is a...
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Vabaduse väljak 8, 10146 Tallinn, Estonia
A standout among the many souvenir and gift shops, Nu Nordik is the place for innovative and contemporary designed goods by local artists. Clever and sometimes surprising, these designs are by area craftspeople who are not yet household names,...
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Viru 3, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia
This shop is a cooperative, owned and operated by local craftspeople and stocked with gifts and products ranging from sweaters to onion jam. Its focus is on the area’s master artisans and fine craftsmanship so you won’t find tacky and cheaply...
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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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Situated 15 minutes from the city center of Tallinn in Rocca Al Mare, the Estonian Open Air Museum showcases the country's vernacular architecture. The museum's collection includes 14 farms transported here from all over Estonia, along with...
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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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Tērbatas iela 2D, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Riga's city centre is beautifully designed, with a gorgeous park at its centre. The first evening I arrived I was, naturally, a little cautious about walking through a large open area on my own at night but as the days progressed I realised that...
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Tirgoņu iela, Jūrmala, LV-2015, Latvia
My mouth is watering just looking at this picture. If you had told me that one of the most enjoyable pizzas I would eat would be cooked in the rear of a bus and eaten on its upper deck, well, frankly, I wouldn't have believed you. But Jurmala, the...
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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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Miera iela 10, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1001, Latvia
Miera Street - known as the Republic of Miera by the trendy arty sorts who frequent it - is a glorious bed of bohemianism in a bit of Riga most tourists won't easily find. But it's worth the hunt, not least for its relaxed and slightly eccentric...
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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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Miera iela 19, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1001, Latvia
OK, there may be better cafes. You may have alternative preferences. But I absolutely adored the Dad Cafe in Miera Street. I came across it at just the right moment - a long morning of walking had left me desperate for an even longer sit, and this...
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Skārņu iela 19, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
For the best 360-degree view of Riga, head to St. Peter's Church in Old Town and take the old, clanky elevator to the church's observation platform, the highest point in the entire city. The ride to the top is slow but your patience will pay off...
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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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Avotu Iela, Latgale Suburb, Riga, Latvia
Riga has beautiful parks along the canal and it is great to walk, sit in the grass, watch all the wedding parties, rent a canoe, look at the sculptures and historic buildings...
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Akademijas laukums 1, Latgale Suburb, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
For a 360 degree birds-eye view of Riga, head to the Academy of Sciences in the former Russian quarter, Maskavas. A 1956 gift from the Soviets, for 2 lats (approx. 3) you can take a series of elevators and stairs to the 17th floor. Looking out...
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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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7, Nēģu iela, 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...
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1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
The Phillips Collection started as a humble gallery to honor a deceased father and brother in 1921, and rapidly transformed into a full-fledged modern art museum—America’s first. Set in a stately Georgian Revival brick house that was...
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Best dining experience I had in Riga. Gorgeous space. Awesome people.
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Kasane, Botswana
There is a sliver of Africa where four countries almost converge: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. The Chobe River is one of the many separation points between Botswana and Namibia and it’s also where I experienced one of my favorite...
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Miniloc Island, Bayan ng El Nido, 5313 Palawan, Philippines
Imagine hundreds of tiny islands, coral reefs, limestone cliffs, turquoise water, white sand beaches, and hidden lagoons. Basically imagine a tropical paradise and you have the Bacuit Archipelago surrounding El Nido on the island of Palawan in the...
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Crijevićeva ul. 9, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Climb the grand baroque staircase and pass the Jesuit church, cross Gundulić Square, and follow the COLD DRINKS WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VIEW signs. Then, yes, walk through the walls. Buža translates to “a hole-in-the-wall,” and a...
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This was the end of the Hana Highway in Maui. Our guidebook told of a red sand beach, but it specifically left out information on how to get there, in an effort to keep people from spoiling it. Before our trip, I printed out some instructions from...
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2520 Peniche, Portugal
Hire a boat out of Peniche, Portugal, when available, and travel six miles offshore to the pristine Berlenga Islands. Then hike, kayak, snorkel, and swim the day away. Pack a picnic lunch and feast on the beach. The perfect day in paradise.
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Av. Ezequiel Bustillo Km. 25, 8401 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
Called Argentine Switzerland for its wooden chalets and alpine setting, this area is home to some of South America’s best spas. The Latin America travel specialists at Blue Parallel arrange yoga classes with views of lakes and the Andes. Guests...
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21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Namchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Dumplings are delicious. That's not much of a secret. But snacking on dumplings in one of the world's busiest and most atmospheric night markets? That's an entirely different experience. Namdaeumun Night Market, located smack dab in the heart of ...