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Turaida Castle

Sigulda, Fun Day trip from Riga

Most people who make it to Latvia never escape Riga which is a real shame. Just on its doorstep is Sigulda, a sort of Baltic fairytale alcove, home to Latvia’s Gauja National Park, Latvia’s largest and most impressive. I jumpe...
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St Peters Church riga view

Backpacking in Riga, Latvia

I’m quickly falling in love with these Baltic countries, after an enchanting 5 days in Estonia I just spent another 5 great days in Latvia. I took the bus from Tallinn, Estonia to Riga, Latvia (4 hours, 11 Euro/$14). The bus station...
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lounge 24 estonia

How to Spend an Evening in Tallinn

Tallinn has garnered a bit of a reputation for loud, obnoxious stag (bachelor) parties coming for the weekend, getting drunk and naked and having a scrap, and while that may exist, you can easily avoid it and at least pretend to be above it...
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Tallinn Old City

A Walking Tour in Tallinn, Estonia

I’ve been anticipating my arrival in the Baltic states for months, I’d heard that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were steeped in history, dripping with culture and that their cities were full of the most amazing architecture, a...
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Peter and Paul Fortress

2 Days in St Petersburg

St Petes is to Moscow what Beauty is to the Beast. After a month in Russia I thought I had worked out Russian cities, with their Soviet hangover still lingering, mass apartment blocks, they were interesting if not pleasing to the eye, but t...
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