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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, Lithuania

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.

Vilnius University

Gediminas Avenue

Bank of Lithuania

Choral Synagogue
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.

Riga, Latvia

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 TVΒ screens and a charging port. Free wifi was included and they provided us with complimentary tea and coffee.Β I would suggest stopping by the following places:

Old Town

House of the Blackheads

Freedom Monument

Three Brothers

Tallin, Estonia

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.

Kadriorg Palace
The gardens are beautiful during the summer.

Toompea Castle

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?

XOXO Mandi


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