Throw away the map and just get lost. One of my great loves of travelling…. This is a little photo journal of my Valentines Day in Vilnius when I was backpacking around Eastern Europe in winter, when the streets were fillled with lovers amongst the cool, frosty streets Old Town Vilinus Reach for the sky […]Read More
Posts in 'Eastern Europe'
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
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
The beach? In winter? Are you mad?! Probably, a little bit…But I was curious. I had never experienced frozen sand or blankets of snow hiding in sand dunes, so I hopped on the train to Majori, forty minutes outside of Riga to the beach resort of Jurmala. A ten minute walk beyond the town descends […]Read More