The English Chanel Coast: Brighton

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For all our times in England, we have never gotten down to the southernmost part of the country along the English Channel. So this trip, we decided to postpone our London visit by a few days to explore the coast and the surrounding inland area known as The Downs. We began our exploration in Brighton, [Read more …]

Vilnius Lithuania Restaurants and Hotel

Vilnius Lithuania Restaurants After the expensive restaurants we found in Scandinavia (poor price/value if you ask us), we were excited that the restaurants in Vilnius were much better restaurants than we expected and were reasonably priced when compared to their Scandinavian counterparts. We ate at the following places Telegrafas. This restaurant was in our wonderful [Read more …]

Vilnius Lithuania

St Casinir

We only had 2 days in Lithuania and spent our time in the capital city of Vilnius Lithuania. Like its neighbors, Lithuania has had a long history of occupation. But, since it is “hidden” in an inland location (rather than being a port city like Tallinn or Riga), its history began much later and was [Read more …]

Riga Latvia Restaurants and Hotel

3 chefs dinner - bread spread

Riga Restaurants We had a chance to eat at several restaurants while in Riga Latvia: 1221. We ate at an outside table in the heart of the Old Down, where we made a dinner of three very good appetizers. First a sampler of smoked local fish and cheese (where we especially enjoyed the seabass, sardines [Read more …]

Riga Latvia Beyond the Old City Walls

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Riga Latvia is much more than Old Town. Although we only scratched the surfaces of the area outside of Old Town, we did find some interesting—and in one case, fascinating—sections beyond the walls. Art Nouveau District is, by far, the most interesting area. Although wonderfully decorative and fanciful Art Nouveau buildings can be found through [Read more …]

Riga Latvia

St Peter

We only had two days to spend in the capital and largest city of Latvia. It wasn’t much of an introduction for a diverse country, but it had to do for this trip. When Riga was chosen as the site for a German fortress in 1201, it was already home to a tribe of international [Read more …]

Tallinn Estonia Restaurants and Hotel

Tallinn Restaurants Kaks Kukka, where we shared four very good dishes: Slightly salted elk with mushrooms, smoked egg yolk, horseradish sauce and trout row; toasted quail with spring carrots, cabbage and carrot sauce; poached halibut with snap peas and béarnaise sauce and juniper crème brulee with gin and tonic gel, vodka-soaked berries and lemon merengue. [Read more …]

Tallinn Museums

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Tallin Estonia Museums are interesting places to visit. We visited four of them. Estonian History Museum The Estonian History Museum provides an overview of the country’s history and culture. The museum is located in the Great Guild building and includes information on the league of merchants that built the building and played such an important [Read more …]

Tallinn Estonia

Toopea Tallin Estonia

Although first populated more than 10,000 years ago, Tallinn Estonia was initially settled by local craftsmen and merchants in the 11th century and was officially conquered by and designated as a city by Denmark in the 12th century. An influx of German merchants helped to establish Tallinn as a major trading power and leading and [Read more …]

Estonia Fast Facts

This trip provided a chance to visit three countries—at least the capital cities in each of these countries—that we hadn’t visited before. The cities and countries with Tallinn Estonia, Riga Latvia and Vilnius Lithuania. Each of the three small countries have spent most of their existence under foreign control (Denmark, Germany and Russia) and finally [Read more …]