After a trip across the Baltics from Estonia to Poland, I decided to return to Estonia via a flight to Finland rather than taking a 20-hour bus across Europe… I stayed on the small island of Suomenlinna, which is beautiful and full of interesting history. Seriously, visit the museum on the island while you’re there!
Helsinki boat port at night
My first boat trip in a decade
A beautiful day
Bridge between islands
People had told me beforehand that Helsinki is small, and from the air it looked quite small. So after leaving the airport, I decided to jog to the boat port instead of using Finland’s very nice public transport. What I thought would be a 30-minute jog took almost three hours; Helsinki airport is not actually in Helsinki but is in Vantaa. Memo to self: Check the damn map next time.
My 4-day trip to Tallinn ended with me falling into the “Tallinn trap”, almost three months later and I’m still in Estonia! When I do leave this country, I’ll be taking a suitcase full of Vana Tallinn cream with me…
Estonian and EU flags outside the presidential palace
Open air museum
Tallinn old town
Old town walls and towers
Tallinn old town
Old and the new: Jeckyl and Hyde of Tallinn skyline
Town hall at night
While I was in a very nice hostel (Tallinn Backpackers), I made a massive chocolate mousse…
20-eggs, half a kilo of dark chocolate, half a bottle of Vana Tallinn. One amazing chocolate mousse!
Lithuania is such a nice country that I’ve already been there TWICE in the first third of this year, mostly for the amazing scenery, interesting history, lovely people and very nice chocolate! And I’ll probably be over there again near the end of Summer…
Gates of Dawn, at dusk
Trakai castle on a frozen lake
First time I’ve ever seen a frozen lake… Tentative steps out onto the ice!