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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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Toompea, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn, Estonia is a beautiful, diverse city and is lovely to visit, from the Old Town to the contemporary neighborhoods. Tallinn's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to its location off the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea, Tallinn...
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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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Südalinn, Tallinn, Estonia
The view of Tallinn from the Toompea Hill is a nice one. Tallinn is a quaint town. I enjoyed walking and biking around, and stopping occasionally for an A. Le Coq, an Estonian beer that I especially enjoyed. I met Kalev and Ulane, the partners...
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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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Toom-Kooli 6, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia
The Dome Church, the Church of Holy Ghost, St. Nicholas Church, St Olaus Church, the Town Hall-all of these are major architectural achievements of medieval master builders. The narrow cobbled streets and lanes, quaint corners and tiny courtyards...
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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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6, Laipu iela, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Riga is credited for being the first place to have a decorated Christmas tree and the Christmas spirit is certainly still present. The Riga Christmas Market was split between several squares throughout the Old Town. With the snow falling, people...
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Herdera laukums 6, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
When we arrived in Riga, we happened to be there the weekend of the Riga Heritage Festival. There were local artisan booths, street performers, and games for the children. We saw part of a youth orchestra performance in the center court of the...
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Šventaragio g., Vilnius 01143, Lithuania
Vilnius has amazing markets during warm weather months so I had high hopes for the shopping at the Christmas Market. Though the market had excellent snacks (cookies, doughnuts, coffee, etc.), I was disappointed by the options for gift shopping. I...