The Baltic Countries

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania…Tallinn, Estonia

We took a ferry from St. Petersburg back to Helsinki and promptly boarded another ferry to Tallinn, Estonia.

Winter started in St. Petersburg but was firmly in place in the Baltic countries with over 6” of snow and 2’ berms.

The walled medieval town of Tallinn rest on the gulf of Finland. Old Town is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and is surrounded by narrow cobblestone streets, intermixed with stone and pastel buildings with icicles dangerously hanging from the eaves  Pure magic.

Our original plan was to take the train south through Latvia and Lithuania but discovered that train travel in the Baltic’s is limited.  Apparently the Soviets disregarded rail maintenance during their occupation although there are still freight trains with local slow passenger schedules.  Bus service filled in and had become very efficient.

A beautiful 2 hour bus ride through the snow-blanketed country side took us to Riga, Latvia.  Another UNESCO World Heritage site known for its Art Nouveau buildings and 19th century wooden homes. Quaint as can be.

The bus schedule dictated that we only had time to see the town of Penevezys in Lithuania’s not so pretty 5th largest city.  We strolled around the snow packed park and enjoyed watching children playing in the snow.

The bus station was decrepit with old benches and a squatter toilet in a detached cold room. Within 2 minutes of our scheduled departure 6 big yellow busses pulled in where passengers scurried from one bus to another – one coming from Moscow and ours came from Prague.

 

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About Paige Shaw

Bitten by the wanderlust bug years ago - I have become an eyewitness to and documenter of the world’s divergent cultures (92 countries and counting). Photographing vistas that take my breath away, extraordinary architecture and connecting with everyday people doing everyday things. I am constantly reminded that a smile is the same in any language, that making a connection with something so simple is beautiful. Watching my photography transform from using a point and shoot in the old days to the new love of my life - the incredible Sony a7rii mirrorless camera - has inspired me to do more, take chances and seek out the unknown. I’m also a wife, mother, yogi, pilgrim, burner, skier, scuba diver and gypsy. “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso

12 thoughts on “The Baltic Countries

  1. Diana Allen

    You’ve saved us thousands of dollars, in travel fees by showing us all these places. Some a still want to go and others ok saw that in Shaws pictures. No chance.!! We’re still exploring the the USA, NOW CANADA. WE’RE TURTLES IN THE PRESTO TO TRAVEL WORLD. RENE TAKES CARE OF US LIKE 1ST GRADERS. LOL

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  2. snowtoseas

    Really great post! Your photos are absolutely outstanding too! What camera/lens do you use? I really hope to visit the Eastern Baltic countries within the next year.

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