Destination: The Baltics
I can’t say that The Baltics were on the top of my list of places to visit. My mom had always wanted to visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, so we found a great package deal and decided to go. I must admit that it was a little chilly for my liking (we went in October), but it turned out to be a fantastic trip. Here are some of the places (mostly in pictures) that I would suggest visiting.
Vilnius was the first stop on our 10 day trip. The amount of history in this city is astounding – way more then we could ever have imagined.
Vilnius Old Town
This was a beautiful area to walk around and explore. There are a large variety of stores and restaurants.
Some of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen.
Bank of Lithuania
This is the only Synagogue in Vilnius that survived World War II.
Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum
I would definitely consider myself to be a foodie. I know they say that the best bagels are NY bagels, but I have to disagree. The best (Kosher) bagels I have ever eaten were from Atrasti Pazinti Priimti.
Our second stop was Riga, Latvia. I tend to be one that enjoys flying rather than driving, but we ended up taking a bus (approximately 4 hours). The drive through the countryside was beautiful. Each seat had individual TV screens and a charging port. Free wifi was included and they provided us with complimentary tea and coffee. I would suggest stopping by the following places:
House of the Blackheads
Our third and final stop (my favorite) was in Tallin. We travelled on the Lux Express bus , which took about 4 hours and 25 minutes. Once again, the bus ride was scenic and very comfortable. I would suggest visiting the following:
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
This is one of my top 5 favorite churches. All of the attendees stand for the service.
The gardens are beautiful during the summer.
The Market Square
These 3 countries were wonderful and offered a great variety of cultures. The people were so warm and welcoming, the food was delicious and the buildings were beautiful.
Have you been to any countries similar to The Baltics?