The Baltics: Tallinn, Estonia – the real-life medieval fair

When arriving in Estonia, I was feeling pretty exhausted. It was already late in the day and I had been travelling non-stop for five days already (not that I'm complaining). Plus, to make things a bit worse, the weather looked awful. I could see the heavy and dark clouds getting closer as we approached Tallin. … Continue reading The Baltics: Tallinn, Estonia – the real-life medieval fair

The Baltics: Riga, the flamboyant Art Nouveau District

-- ART NOUVEAU IN RIGA -- I have already posted about Riga, the biggest metropole of the Baltics. I wished I had spent more time there, but I have unsteady feet and well, I wanted to see as much as I could. Riga is particularly special because it is the city with the biggest number … Continue reading The Baltics: Riga, the flamboyant Art Nouveau District

The Baltics: Riga, Latvia – the queen capital of the Baltics

Oh Riga, Riga, Riga... I knew I was going to like this city once I read it contains over 800 buildings in Art Nouveau style. The biggest metropolis of the Baltics has tradition and on-trend settings, memorable walks will make you want to stay. Riga is perhaps the only capital in the Baltics I could … Continue reading The Baltics: Riga, Latvia – the queen capital of the Baltics

The Baltics: Trakai, Lithuania – a dreamy stop for tired eyes

Not too far from Vilnius (a 30 minutes train ride west), you'll find an idyllic place called Trakai. It has only about 6,000 inhabitants, but it was once the capital of the country in medieval times. Its main attraction is the Trakai castle. In Gothic style, it is definitely in the right place, picture-perfect, lying … Continue reading The Baltics: Trakai, Lithuania – a dreamy stop for tired eyes

The Baltics: Vilnius, Lithuania – the G-spot of Europe?

Lithuania was my first stop on my 9-day backpacking through the Baltics (plus Helsinki). History wasn't kind to this country. Its independence was recognised in 1918 (precisely 100 years ago, which makes this year very special), but this didn't last for long. The 20th century was about to bring very bad news. We all know … Continue reading The Baltics: Vilnius, Lithuania – the G-spot of Europe?

Tivoli Gardens, you’re allowed to dream

The atmosphere in Copenhagen was definitely juvenile. That was my second thought when I stepped into the country, without knowing why. Age is really just a state of mind. When you live in a place where everyone is happy, where rudeness and meanness seem to be alien, where the system is fair and nobody will … Continue reading Tivoli Gardens, you’re allowed to dream

Copenhagen, the cosy spot of Scandinavia

Copenhagen was one of these cities that I have always wanted to visit really bad. I remember watching many years ago a news story on TV about the happiest country in the world - Denmark. I was unable to forget this. The reporter explained the reason for Denmark to be such a happy country, and … Continue reading Copenhagen, the cosy spot of Scandinavia