Panorama of the Week: Medieval Old Town Tallinn at Night

tallinn old town

Before we backpacked around Europe in 2000, I got my hands on a used copy of Rick Steves' "Europe Through the Back Door." (If you are inclined to do so, don't hold it against me. I was young and impressionable; it was the only English language travel book available.)Estonia's capital city, Tallinn, was described as having "a frosted cake feel." Sure, the old town … [Read more...]

Back to Baltics: Images of a Former Soviet Dream

The Baltics. Reminiscent of a bargain property on the original Monopoly board; not to be confused with the powder keg Balkans; a region whose history features intermittent eras of independence and occupation; and a place whose emotional pendulum swings between the almost white nights of its brief summers and the steel wool grayness of its long winters.Home to over … [Read more...]