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

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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

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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, […]

Hidden Gems of Estonia: Kaali Meteorite Crater Field

Kaali meteorite crater

If, while reading last week’s piece on vintage KGB spy tech, you too fleetingly felt that if presented with some of the pegs or dials there out of context, you might not be able to tell their functions from that of a hole in the ground, this one is for […]

Hidden Gems of Estonia, Part One: a Brilliant Insight into Another World

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Welcome to Part One of our brand new Hidden Gems Series, compiled to help you make the most of your Baltic Run adventures. Over the course of it, we’ll be endeavoring to introduce you to those hard-to-find treasures of the Baltic countries that everyone tries, but only a few manage […]

A Traditional Latvian Menu

Latvian traditional cuisine is high on protein, a bit heavy and fatty, but highly delicious. Some basic ingredients are meat, rye, beans, potato, all kinds of soup, cheese, sour cream, and cranberry for desserts. And, of course, we cannot forget about its traditional drinks! Here is how a classic traditional […]

Where does Estonian come from?

The story of the Estonian language is a fascinating one. It is not related to its traditional neighbors and allies, the other Baltic states Latvia and Lithuania, whose languages share a common root and are quite similar between each other. Estonian, on the other hand, is completely different not only […]