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Prior to easter 2005, I was searching for a destination for a European city break which would provide a travel experience to a relatively-unknown city on a favourable budget, and came up with the idea of visiting Tallinn, in Estonia, where I spent 4 inspiring days over easter of that year. After that enjoyable trip, I vowed to return to the region …
... palace itself was humongous and the gardens astonishing. At one point, it belonged to a lover of Catherine the Great, she had given it to him as a gift (judging from the size and the lavishness of the place, he must've been exceptionally good at loving). And a brave lover at that since Cathy seemed mean as a serpent based on the portraits we've seen. See? Our politicians at home aren't the only ones handing out favours to friends and family, politicians the ...
... Their guildhall is on a square with their "patron" saints across the front of the building: Neptune, and Mercury on either end. Both their houses were bombed during WWII but they have been reconstructed. The Blackheads was a guild for unmarried merchants only. Local women would try to get the Blackheads to marry them by being seen with them in a private room ...
... and cars. Most all traffic, however, is by boat and the boats are wonderful and varied beyond belief, from small two person rowing skiffs to high bucks power yachts and cruising sailboats. And everything in between, including some beautiful woodies that would likely win the Con Cours de Eleganc in Tahoe. In contrast, the entry into Latvia was purely utilitarian. We crossed the Baltic Sea and entered the extremely working class port with classic ...
... is the same as back home – about 50%. Some of the city councils cut the locks of the bridges as they had done on the bridge in Vilnius where there were only 2 when we saw it.
We also continue to see Storks. We first saw these in Instanbul nesting on specially built towers along the highway and in the fields. We continued to see them in Lithuania and now again in Latvia on towers of a similar construction.
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