Destination Guide

Destination guides and travel tips for countries around the world. This includes hotel, hostel, and restaurant reviews, transportation information, itineraries, reviews of museums and monuments, etc.

The A-Holes of History: The Story of the Baltic Way

So the Soviets? They were kind of jerks. They really sucked. And I mean REALLY sucked. They bulldozed or destroyed what seems like everything they came across, making it seem nothing short of a miracle to find original sights within the former Soviet countries (at least, in the ones we’ve been to); they killed and …

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We Tried to Go to a Castle, We Ended up at a Golf Course

You can’t really blame Ralph Waldo Emerson for what has become probably the most overused travel quotes of all time. Sure, he said it first. But he’s not responsible for the hoards of people who’ve since scribbled it on (super cute) greeting cards, painted it on their walls, or pinned it to the Internet. He said …

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The History of the Christmas Tree: Another Secret European War

A few posts ago, I informed you of the vicious yet under-reported marzipan war between Estonia and Germany. This week, I’m sorry to report that Germany is at it again. This time, the red, yellow, and black seems to be engaged in a war-of-words with Latvia. The prize? Worldwide fame and recognition as the rightful inventor …

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Riga Cat House

The Story of Riga’s Cat House (Worst. Revenge. Ever.)

No tour of Riga is complete without a stop by the Cat House, a custard yellow building at Meistaru 10/12, adorned with two black cat statues on the roof. The story of the cat house has to be one of the stranger tales in the Baltics. It goes something like this: in the early twentieth century, …

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Riga Art Nouveau: A Guide

Traveling to Latvia? Interested in checking out the impressive collection of art nouveau in Riga? Have no idea what art nouveau is? No problem! You’ve come to the right place. In Riga art nouveau is everywhere, and we’ll help you make sense of it! Welcome to our Riga Art Nouveau Guide! With this guide you’ll be able …

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Estonian is Awesome!

As it turns out, Estonian seems absolutely high-larious if you’re an English speaker. For example, the word pood means shop in Estonia, leading to some “i couldn’t make this up if I tried” signs. Like this one… And also this one… And because third time’s a charm: It isn’t just “pood,” either. There are other Estonian …

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Marzipan Tallinn Estonia

The History of Marzipan: Europe’s Secret Candy War

Have you ever wondered about the history of marzipan? Today I will introduce you to a magical wonderland, a place so magical and wonderful that IT INVENTED CANDY! Okay…it didn’t invent candy. One of its residents did. And also, not ALL candy. Just THE BEST KIND OF CANDY! To begin, it’s healthy: it’s made from …

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Estonian Beer: An Introduction to Estonia’s Original MicroBrews

As you may have noticed, we heart beer. After a long plane, train, or automobile trip, there’s nothing better than dumping your bag and heading out into the newness of your destination to taste a cold, frothy glass of unfamiliar beer, preferably on a patio from which you can people watch. We’ve drank beer together …

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Tallinn’s Old Town at Night

Here is the funny thing about travel: despite the fact that we’d been so bagged in Amsterdam that we literally NEEDED to sleep in a park, our exhaustion vanished upon our arrival in Tallinn, Estonia. Perhaps it was the newness or exoticness of Estonia, a place I’d wanted to visit since I first learned of its …

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Amsterdam is a Punny, Punny Place!

It appears as though the Dutch have a sense of humor! Funny signs and puns were found throughout Amsterdam!     Planning a Trip to Amsterdam? Where to Stay in Amsterdam / 22 Alternative Things to Do in Amsterdam             Search for hotels and things to do while in Amsterdam! …

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