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Tallinn Restaurants: Where to Eat and Drink

Tallinn restaurants

Tallinn, destination of Baltic Run, is full of good restaurants and more are popping up all the time! Here’s part one of two on the top places to celebrate having completed the challenge. Photo by Dale Cruse

Lithuanian Adventures: Devil’s Museum, Kaunas

Attention Baltic Run – taking adventurers: Do you pine for all the pleasures known to mere mortals? Do you have a soul? Do you have a deep desire to keep said soul, or are you perchance game for a deal? If the latter, do stop by the Žmuidzinavičius Museum in […]

Four Things You’ll Only See in Riga

Winner of the title Cultural Capital of Europe in 2014, Riga has remained at the forefront of cultural endeavors ever since; it has continued to foster all manner of artistic expressions, traditional and brand new, serious and tongue-in-cheek, and everything in between. Some of these will hit you as soon […]

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

Araisi-lake-fortress

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