30 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit the Baltics

My Baltics travel was still days away from ending, but all I could think about was flying back to Bangkok. I didn’t dare tell that to Annette, however—she’d been far too kind to hear the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. “So help me god,” I laughed as she placed the rubber beaver onto the bread board. “Tallinn just keeps getting better.” Her smile was as warm as the sun that was apparently atypical for this time of year in the Baltics and Russia. “I thought you …

PHOTO: Russian Folk Dancers at the Festival of Russian Culture in Tallinn, Estonia

Click on title to view photo in large format. Estonia, the northernmost of the Europe’s three Baltic States, shares a long land border with Russia. In fact, St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia, is just a few hours away by bus from the Estonian capital of Tallinn. So, it was no surprise that I heard as much Russian being spoken during my …

Following the Amber Way – From the Baltic Sea to Ancient Rome

The fuzzy silhouette within the long rod of amber seemed familiar, yet I wasn’t quite sure what I was seeing. I turned my head sideways and squinted to better focus. With a start, I realized I was looking at the complete body of a lizard that had been trapped in amber. The specimen at the Amber Gallery and Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania, is rare. Of the millions of pieces of amber that contain inclusions, only six lizards…

Exploring Estonia’s Wilder Side: 4 Bucket-list Worthy Adventures

Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Sadly, Estonia isn’t on the radar for most American travelers. In fact, according to a very scientific survey that I conducted, more than 90% couldn’t find it on a map if they tried. It’s a shame because the country is a place of beautiful and bold contradictions. Its people have embraced …

Exploring Tallinn Estonia Away From The Old Town

Visiting Tallinn Estonia was everything that I’d hoped it would be and more. The colorful buildings lining the medieval Old Town and views overlooking the city and harbor that seemed almost too good to be true. Thousands like me visit every year, either for the day or a longer stay, all originally drawn by that famous UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town. But as I discovered during my own visit, there’s a lot more to Tallinn and certainly Estonia than those few historic blocks, and when you visit I highly…

Spending a Long Weekend in Tallinn – A Quick Guide

If you’ve never been to Estonia, then you are in for a surprise when arriving in its capital, the city of Tallinn. Because it is so far into the East of Europe, you might expect this Baltic state to be a little bit “behind” the Western nations, but you could not be any more wrong. Tallinn is a trendy, modern city, with free Wi-Fi available practically anywhere. Seriously – if you’ve ever struggled…

First Impressions of Tallinn, Estonia

1Dad1Kid.com First impressions of a city are always a mixed bag. I’ve been in some places, like Bangkok, that took quite a while before I really warmed up to them. Then there are places like Brasov and Budapest where it’s an instant love affair that just never fades. I don’t put much weight behind those feelings as the honeymoon phase can evaporate quickly, or after a bit a place’s charm finally reaches you. We’ve only been in Tallinn for a couple of …