Cesis Medieval Castle is one of the most impressive ruins in the Baltic states.

Cesis Medieval Castle is one of the most impressive ruins in the Baltic states.

Do you enjoy being adventurous and exploring castle ruins? If so, then a visit to the Cesis Medieval Castle in Cesis, Latvia is just the place for you. This castle complex is in the heart of one of the oldest towns in Latvia. We took a day trip as it’s only a 2-hour ride from Riga, Latvia and had an amazing time exploring, climbing up, […]

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Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum is a MUST SEE

Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum is a MUST SEE

You must visit the beautiful Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum when in Riga, Latvia. Just a half hour outside of Riga’s center, surrounded by a pine forest, is one of Europe’s oldest and largest outdoor museums. Established in 1924, the museum grounds makeup 87 hectares (215 acres) and have collected 118 historical buildings from all over Latvia. The museum has done an amazing job of relocating the buildings onto […]

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Why Visit Warsaw More Than Once?

Why Visit Warsaw More Than Once?

Our first visit to Poland in 2015 was a very moving experience. We concentrated on Warsaw’s numerous war museums and the Uprising Remembrance Museum and Monument of the war, along with a visit to Krakow’s Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp. These were all part of a visit to Poland to understand the atrocities the people endured during this period in history. As Americans, we found it almost impossible […]

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Haapsalu Episcopal Bishop’s Castle and Cathedral

Haapsalu Episcopal Bishop’s Castle and Cathedral

A day trip from Tallinn will get you off the beaten path to see the beautiful rural Estonia. If you hop on the local bus and head 101 km (63 miles) away from Tallinn you end up in the small Baltic coastal resort Town of Haapsalu home of the Haapsalu Episcopal Bishop’s Castle and Cathedral ruins. Built to be the main residence of the Bishop of […]

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Tallinn Old Town: The Best Preserved Medieval City In Northern Europe

Tallinn Old Town: The Best Preserved Medieval City In Northern Europe

We had expectations of traveling to the Baltic States to find it about 50 years behind the rest of Europe after receiving its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The modern city of Tallinn now could be any city in Europe and has become extremely high-tech with virtually everything online. With free wi-fi everywhere, the city is one big hot-spot. Tallinn is the best preserved medieval city […]

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The Land of Sauna – Helsinki, Finland

The Land of Sauna – Helsinki, Finland

We used Helsinki as the entry point to northern Europe. It’s a big city and the capital of Finland with over 629,000 people and an additional 1.2 million people living just outside the city. We think Helsinki is one of those big cities that you either fall in love with or shrug your shoulders and say…..okay, another big city. We enjoyed our stay, but love […]

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