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BALTIC STATES.

Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, with Warsaw.

This blog is about part of a holiday taken in 2005. The whole trip was 17 nights, this is about 8 days in the Baltic States. First overnight stop was Warsaw Poland for 2 nights. Then 2 nights in Vilnius Lithuania. Next stay was Riga Latvia for 2 nights, finally 1 night in Tallinn Estonia.
Travel was by train and bus. Train from Warsaw was via Sestoka on the Polish /Lithuanian border. Changed train here, because the train gauge was different. I believe today there is a modern route. The currency then and now in Poland is the Polish Zloty.
Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are now the Euro, then each had it own currency. -----------Warsaw is the capital of Poland and is on the Vistula river.
Warsaw was largely destroyed in 1943, in World War 2. It has been beautifully restored to the original plans.
A skyscaper called the Palace of Culture and Science dominates the city and was given to Warsaw by the U.S.S.R.it is 778ft {237m} high, tallest building in Poland. I went to the top by lift for the great view.-------------------Vilnius is capital of Lithuania.
In July 1944 Lithuania was captured from Nazi occupation by the Soviet Union. Lithuania became Independent in 1991.
The river is the Neris. I stayed at Hotel Panorama in the old town, near to the main sites.The Russian Church was built in 1567.Brightly coloured, the Altar is vivid green. -----------------------Riga is the capital of Latvia, and was founded in 1201. A feature of the city is the House of Blackheads from the 14th century , this as been restored after the war. ---------------------Tallinn is capital of Estonia,is on the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea.
I continued this trip by ferry to Helsinki Finland. about 50 miles. [80km ] ---I think there is a daily train to Moscow from Tallinn.17 DAY HOLIDAY.  First overnight stay in Warsaw,then Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm,Oslo, and Stavanger.

17 DAY HOLIDAY. First overnight stay in Warsaw,then Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm,Oslo, and Stavanger.

[WARSAW POLAND.  Ibis Hotel.

WARSAW POLAND. Ibis Hotel.

WARSAW POLAND.

WARSAW POLAND.

WARSAW  POLAND.

WARSAW POLAND.

WARSAW POLAND .    ST. JOHNS.

WARSAW POLAND . ST. JOHNS.

WARSAW POLAND.    Main Square.

WARSAW POLAND. Main Square.

WARSAW  POLAND.

WARSAW POLAND.

WARSAW  POLAND.  Old city wall.

WARSAW POLAND. Old city wall.

WARSAW  POLAND.   Street Cafe.  Beetroot Soup , Bread and a Beer.

WARSAW POLAND. Street Cafe. Beetroot Soup , Bread and a Beer.

WARSAW  POLAND.  Barbican City Gate.

WARSAW POLAND. Barbican City Gate.

WARSAW  POLAND.

WARSAW POLAND.

WARSAW  POLAND.  Palace of Culture, built 1952, present from U.S.S.R.

WARSAW POLAND. Palace of Culture, built 1952, present from U.S.S.R.

WARSAW POLAND.  View from top of Palace of Culture.

WARSAW POLAND. View from top of Palace of Culture.

WARSAW  POLAND.    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

WARSAW POLAND. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

WARSAW  POLAND.

WARSAW POLAND.

VILNIUS  LITHUANIA,  Hotel Panorama.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA, Hotel Panorama.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA.    Gate of Dawn.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA. Gate of Dawn.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA..   Inside Russian Church.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA.. Inside Russian Church.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA.  Restaurant, Meal an a beer £3 in 2005.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA. Restaurant, Meal an a beer £3 in 2005.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA.. Russian Church.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA.. Russian Church.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA...  Cathedral Tower.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA... Cathedral Tower.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA.    Gediminas  Tower.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA. Gediminas Tower.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA..  View from Gediminas Tower.

VILNIUS LITHUANIA.. View from Gediminas Tower.

RIGA LATVIA.  Powder Tower.

RIGA LATVIA. Powder Tower.

RIGA LATVIA.  House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads.

RIGA LATVIA. House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads.

RIGA LATVIA.  St, peters.

RIGA LATVIA. St, peters.

RIGA  LATVIA.

RIGA LATVIA.

RIGA  LATVIA.   St Peters.

RIGA LATVIA. St Peters.

RIGA LATVIA.  House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads.

RIGA LATVIA. House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads.

RIGA LATVIA   .

RIGA LATVIA .

RIGA LATVIA.  View from St Peters Tower.

RIGA LATVIA. View from St Peters Tower.

RIGA LATVIA..   Recording a Tv programme in a Riga Park.

RIGA LATVIA.. Recording a Tv programme in a Riga Park.

RIGA LATVIA.   Freedom Monument, honouring the soldiers killed during the Latvian War  1918 --1920.  ---- 42m  [138ft

RIGA LATVIA. Freedom Monument, honouring the soldiers killed during the Latvian War 1918 --1920. ---- 42m [138ft

high.]RIGA LATVIA.  "Swedish " Gate.

RIGA LATVIA. "Swedish " Gate.

TALLINN ESTONIA   Hotel.

TALLINN ESTONIA Hotel.

TALLINN ESTONIA.

TALLINN ESTONIA.

TALLINN ESTONIA.

TALLINN ESTONIA.

TALLINN ESTONIA   Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

TALLINN ESTONIA Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

TALLINN ESTONIA.

TALLINN ESTONIA.

TALLINN ESTONIA.

TALLINN ESTONIA.

TALLINN ESTONIA.  Pop Concert.

TALLINN ESTONIA. Pop Concert.

TALLINN ESTONIA. Ferry waiting for Helsinki Finland.

TALLINN ESTONIA. Ferry waiting for Helsinki Finland.

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Looks like a fun vacation Alec. Thanks for sharing.

by Beausoleil

We did a trip to Stockholm then Vilnius, then Riga, then Tallinn, then Helsinki and Espoo. It was great fun.

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Although I visited a few capitals of the Baltics, I so want to see more of the countries. I guess there is more to offer than just big cities!

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