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PHOTO: Saint Olaf’s Church in Tallinn, Estonia, A Lightning Magnet

Click on title to view photo in large format. The view down Lai Street looks toward Saint Olaf’s Church in Tallinn, Estonia. Though it’s believed to have been built in the 12th century, it was not mentioned in written records until 1267. The church’s steeple has always been exceedingly high. Between 1549 and…

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PHOTO: Russian Folk Dancers at the Festival of Russian Culture in Tallinn, Estonia

Click on title to view photo in large format. Estonia, the northernmost of the Europe’s three Baltic States, shares a long land border with Russia. In fact, St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia, is just a few hours away by bus from the Estonian capital of Tallinn. So, it was no surprise…

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Following the Amber Way – From the Baltic Sea to Ancient Rome

The fuzzy silhouette within the long rod of amber seemed familiar, yet I wasn’t quite sure what I was seeing. I turned my head sideways and squinted to better focus. With a start, I realized I was looking at the complete body of a lizard that had been trapped in amber. The specimen…

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PHOTO: Crafts Galore Available at Town Hall Square in Tallinn, Estonia

Click on title to view photo in large format. During the 13th ad 14th centuries, Town Hall Square in Tallinn, Estonia, was the main market square for merchants associated with the powerful German Hanseatic league. Goods sourced from around the Baltic and Scandinavian regions were sold and traded to customers who, in some…

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PHOTO: Traditional Butter Making at Open Air Museum in Tallinn, Estonia

Click on title to view photo in large format. Good fortune was with me during my visit to the capital city of Estonia. It coincided with the Day of Estonian Bread and Autumn Fair at the Estonian Open Air Museum in Tallinn. With its authentic collection of farms, windmills, watermills, houses, and chapels…

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Vegetarian Heaven in the Baltics

I knew very little about the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania when I decided to visit. I was aware that the Baltic States enjoy long hours of daylight in the summer months and endure dark, despair-inducing winter months with barely fours hours of light per day. I knew that each of…

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