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Ligatne Secret Soviet Bunker

The Baltics, of course, courtesy of the latter part of the 20th century, abound with post-Soviet memorabilia that beg to be roamed around in, gawped at, and, possibly, ‘grammed into oblivion – we have already written about a few, here, here and here. Ligatne Secret Soviet Bunker now completes our […]

Hidden Gems of Latvia: Daugavpils Fortress

If you liked the idea of a whole city to yourself, here’s a twin adventure of a similar magnitude, because – yes – you could (drum roll) take a long stroll back to the aeon of Napoleon and be the hero of Daugavpils Fortress, just for one day. Photo by […]

Hidden gems of Latvia: Cinevilla Movie Studio

Cinevilla

As you rebound from your spell in the middle ages, your second time travel adventure awaits you on your way: here in Cinevilla, you have the chance to spend the night in a town from 1920s Latvia. Photo by wikimedia commons

Hidden Gems of Latvia: Āraiši Lake Fortress

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Ever wished you could simply walk way back trough time into another era and lose yourself in the sights and sounds there? If so, Āraiši lake fortress in Latvia is the place for you. This wooden island fortress is the perfect destination to simply stroll back to the 9th Century, […]

Hidden Gems of Latvia: Skrunda-1, A Soviet Ghost Town Hidden in a Forest

Skrunda-1

Our Hidden Gems of Latvia series kicks off with this eerie blast from the past that is sure to linger in the memory of all who set foot here: the secret ghost town of Skrunda-1. Photo by Sarunas A

Hidden Gems of Estonia, Part Six: Old Tartu Observatory

Tartu observatory

Your virtual trail of discovery of hidden gems in Estonia takes you from a hill of crosses, created as a religious tribute to the unseen, to one of a scientific undertaking dedicated to charting the heavens. Welcome to the Tartu Observatory. Photo by  Guillaume Speurt

Hidden Gems of Estonia, Part Five: Hill of Crosses

Hill-of-crosses

Though this hill – or  mound? –  of crosses in Hiiumaa island is nowhere near as extensive or imposing  as the similar hill in Lithuania, its more personal natural makes it all the more haunting. Photo by Troy David Johnston

Hidden Gems of Estonia – Part Five: Seaplane Harbour, Tallinn

Seaplane-harbor

Estonia’s love affair with things that move like lightning, going back some 7,500 years, seems set to stretch out for several more generations into the future as soon as your eyes fall upon this building, from any angle or distance; this jaw-dropping massive concrete structure, originally dreamt up a hundred […]

Hidden Gems of Estonia – Part Four: Megaphones of Serenity

Megaphones

Yes. Megaphones. Three enormous ones, to turn up the sound of nature’s volume, a.k.a. the not – nothing you don’t hear anymore, because urban living. As if possessed by the spirit of all things green and leafy, intent on granting humanity a second chance at mending The Rift, a throng […]

The Beautiful Estonian Diving Spot That is Also an Underwater Prison

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Heard of the game “just one in common”? Don’t worry, we neither till the other day. Turns out it’s the best thing for journeys, vacations, or any occasion at least two of you feel like matching the stretch of your imaginations to that of the time on your hands. Okay, […]