Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

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A quick drive through Eastern Europe
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Lithuania

Southern Lithuania. The locals have acquired a great reputation for their wood carving skills, which can be enjoyed when driving in the countryside, where "totem poles" are often placed at crossroads.
Lithuania. Since its recovered independence, its capital Vilnius has been undergoing a major restoration campaign to enhance its considerable architectural assets.
Lithuania. Its medieval capital Trakai is famous for its castle but also for its "kibinai", a delicious bun stuffed with meat. "Kibinai" are part of the heritage left by Turkish janissaries who, from the 14th century, were the king's personal guards. Today the Karaite community has less than 200 souls but still maintains its traditions, whether religious or culinary, for the visitors' greatest pleasure.
Lithuania, Kaunas. The architect of the Pazailis monastery designed a baroque, perfectly symmetrical facade.


Latvia

Latvia, Riga. It is lucky that the Soviets, due to a chronic lack of finances, did not destroy "old" buildings to build "modern" ones in their own style... Thus the Latvian capital kept its architectural riches, such as the extraordinary Jugendstil district.


Estonia

Estonia. The Estonian coastline facing the northern side of the Baltic Sea enjoys long, Nordic sunsets in the summertime. Hardly crowded, its beaches offer quiet pleasurable moments to nature lovers.
Estonia. In October, a quiet early morning stroll along the cliffs of the Baltic Sea can offer a wonderful surprise: down under, hundreds of swans gather at night in the shallow water, protected from the wind by the high cliffs.
Estonia, Tallin. The Estonian Parliament building was built in 1922, during its first independent period.


strip is an "Oued" or wash. Watch for the wash in case of a storm and never sleep in a washbed!

Ireland

Enjoying breakfast after bivying in green Ireland