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June 16th 2007
Published: June 16th 2007
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the best pic i could find!
Spent this week on a whistlestop tour of the Baltic states, 2 days each in Vilnius (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia) and Tallinn (Estonia) with long bus journeys between them. Very interesting places - surprised by the diversity between the three capitals. Vilnius isn't very touristy (not a very picturesque town), Riga has a very cool Old Town filled with old churches and Art Nouveau buildings and Tallinn looks superb - full of medieval towers, cobbled streets etc. Nice cool sea breeze here too.

There's a lot of renovation going on in all three and frankly a lot more needed, but I guess it's not been long since they were part of the USSR. Definately an edge of Europe feel here, things are getting a little stranger the further east I go, as are the people I meet (aside from the ubiquitous stag parties, like being back home). Off to St. Petersburg tomorrow, border guards permitting, and the tour starts getting serious.....


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the view from atop St. Peters
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Riga's skyline from across the river
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The towers and spires of Tallinn's skyline.
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The Viru Gate, there's a McDonalds just on the other side of the tower, :(


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