Churches of Tallinn

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, one of the three Baltic countries that achieved independence from the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s. Tallinn has many houses of prayer, including a Roman Catholic Church, within its old town walls. The spires of some of these churches dominate the skyline. The old town is aContinue reading “Churches of Tallinn”

Tallinn’s ‘new Nordic’ food scene – and the restaurants leading the way

A new generation of Estonian chefs is feeding a culinary revolution by mixing Scandi-style cooking with traditional flavours to create innovative dishes at affordable prices

Rundale Palace – Latvia – Part 3

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ I returned to the stop at 14:30 and the 14:34 bus was already there, so I ran towards the vehicle and luckily the driver waited for me. This time the fare was lower – a different bus company. It didn’t matter though as the destination was still theContinue reading “Rundale Palace – Latvia – Part 3”

Rundale Palace – Latvia Part 2

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ The Rundale Palace has been almost totally restored and looks good. You can wander around on your own and there is excellent information available in English in every room. Some rooms were excessively opulent and decorated in just one colour; for example, the Duke’s bedroom was aContinue reading “Rundale Palace – Latvia Part 2”

Rundale Palace, Latvia – Part 1

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ To reach the wonderful Rundale Palace from Riga, travellers should try going via public transport. The first leg is from Riga to a place called Bauska and then the next leg is from Bauska to Pilsrundale. The bus station (autoosta) in Riga is to the south-eastContinue reading “Rundale Palace, Latvia – Part 1”

Vilnius’ thriving – and refreshingly cheap – craft beer scene

Vilnius is Europe’s cheapest city and its artisan beers are a bargain. Beer blogger Liz Dodd explores the cellar bars beneath medieval streets, and taps into Lithuania’s ancient brewing tradition

Riga – European City of Culture – 2014

Along with Umea in Sweden, Riga is the European City of Culture for 2014: here is one writer’s view of the city http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/apr/06/riga-latvia-city-of-culture-2014 My finest memories of the place are the Art Nouveau buildings, particularly 10a and 10b Elizabetes Street. The central market, near the bus station, is worth a visit on its own. I onlyContinue reading “Riga – European City of Culture – 2014”