(re)Visiting Vilnius

First night fiasco averted Vilnius almost feels like home turf to me after a few trips there last year, so it was natural that I’d feel a lot more at ease here. To add a little local colour and continue the theme of starting out with ‘local food as eaten by locals’ my girlfriend had arranged […]

The Voyage to Vilnius

Via Rundale and Hill of Crosses Rather than going straight to Vilnius (an approx 4.5 hour drive/bus journey) we made a full day of it, stopping first at Rundale Palace, built for the Dukes of Courland by the Italian-born architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli (whose works include the Winter Palace in St Petersburg) in his trademark late […]

Roaming Round Riga

Day 1 Arriving in Riga just before 12, we waited at one of the group’s hotels, Hotel Justus, for our guide, the characterful Toms, bedecked in his trademark green bodywarmer. We’d asked him to extend the usual 3 hour old town & market tour to also include Riga’s unique Art Nouveau quarter and for many […]

Pressing Pause in Parnu

After a little persuasion from our contact at the Estonian Tourist Board (and a lot of trouble getting hotel rooms in Riga due to Latvia holding the rotating EU presidency) our itinerary was altered to add a stop in the Estonian seaside spa town of Parnu and drop a night from Riga. Usually just a […]

Time for Tallinn

The first stop on the #JayWayBaltics blogger trip, my and JayWay’s first project like this, was Tallinn. Making use of a convenient direct Ryanair flight from Girona to Tallinn, we touched down in the Estonian capital on the evening of May 4th. The well-oiled baggage-handling process meant we wasted no time in getting from plane […]