February was an offbeat choice to set off with a backpack to Eastern Europe. With a little money saved, I dithered for weeks over where to go – Central America or an African country were tempting, but flight prices were off-putting considering my tiny budget. Years back, when I lived in New Zealand, I remember how much […]Read More
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Tallinn, Estonia’s medieval capital – is a city of two halves. At its heart, the Old Town is an enchanting mix of cobbled streets, red-roofed city walls and church spires. At the perimeter, alternative neighbourhoods such as Kalamaja are nurturing cutting-edge Estonian art, culture and design. Starting in the Old Town, prepare to be charmed. […]Read More
Riga is a little beauty covered in snow; the Art Nouveau rooftops all fairytale-like, but I was keen to get out to the countryside for a bit of peaceful hiking. 50 km from Riga, the town of Sigulda is the gateway to Latvia’s largest national park – the Gauja. As well as a starting point for trails and hikes, […]Read More
From Europe’s largest market to Russian dumplings – Riga has plenty of budget conscious options for all tastes – from gourmet to simple, local food. On a recent trip to Riga, these were amongst my highlights. 1. Niklavs |Marstalu 1 – Decent value lunch spot Niklav’s specialises in a mix of Latvian and European dishes. […]Read More
Sometimes your chips just come up nicely. Whilst doing the weekly ritual of browsing discount websites for a cheeky spring escape, I stumbled upon half price flight to Great Barrier Island. Not in Australia, but only a short flight from Auckland. After a busy start to the work season, I wanted to just chill – and let […]Read More