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SNAPSHOTS OF VILNIUS, LITHUANIA

Welcome to rainy Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania and the final stop on our four country tour from Helsinki to Vilnius!

I’ll be honest, we were lazy in Vilnius. The weather was a bit drab, we’d been on the road nonstop for a few weeks and had had a very busy couple of days, by the time we hit Vilnius, we were just ready to stop for a minute. We took this city much slower, maybe didn’t do as much as we could have, but we did binge watch Ru Paul’s Drag Race: All Stars 2 in bed. I swear that series changed my life.

Click the jump to take a quick peek into the beautiful Vilnius!

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THE HILL OF CROSSES, LITHUANIA

Welcome to Lithuania, the final stop on my epic tour from Northern Europe through Eastern Europe. Lithuania is a beautiful country, and the one we definitely managed to see the most of too. Today’s post features a place I’d rank alongside Tokyo and Machu Picchu in my list of ‘Places I’d most wanted to visit’.

That is the Hill of Crosses! Located around 12km north of Šiauliai in Northern Lithuania, the Hill is rather difficult to get to, you can do it yourself, but I’d recommend booking a tour as we did! We did our’s through Red Fox Tours for €50 each. (This is in no way a collaborative or sponsored post, we just had a great experience with them so I would really recommend using their service)

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WHAT TO DO IN RIGA, LATVIA

Welcome to Latvia! Our second to last stop on this quick-paced tour from Northern Europe through to Eastern.

If you’ve missed any of my earlier posts about this trip, catch them here or in the ‘Travel’ tab up there.

Out of the four capital cities that we visited, Riga was the one I had extremely high expectations of, as multiple people had hyped it up. Did it live up to those? Not as much as I had hoped, but Riga is still a beautiful city to spend a couple of days in.

So what is there to do?

DRINK BEER

Latvia is an amazing country for craft beer, there’s no shortage of it and it’s a little bit more affordable than the UK. Your staple pints are most definitely cheaper, but you’ll still save a bit on the crafts.

Our Airbnb was just around the corner from one of Riga’s best beer specialists, Beer Fox. Ran by an American immigrant, Beer Fox combines his love of craft beer with Riga’s amazing breweries. I’m not mad on beer, but this was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.

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HOW TO SPEND A DAY IN ALTERNATIVE TALLINN, ESTONIA

Welcome back to beautiful Tallinn, Estonia. Last time we look at the picturesque Old Town, today we’re going to be crossing the tracks into Telliskivi and leaving the Old Town heading into the centre of modern Tallinn.

Turg Market

 Above you can see Turg market, also known as Baltic Station Market. Aptly named, as it’s quite literally on the wrong side of the tracks, or what used to be the wrong side of the train station during the Soviet Occupation of Estonia.

Today Tallinn station still sits in the same location, however the surrounding area has been completely reborn. Turg market houses over 300 stalls, which span food kiosks, independent craft stalls focusing on Estonian goods and a flea market selling everything and anything.

This is a great place to start your day as you can grab a breakfast of pastries and coffee. Or Mexican food if you fancy it, I don’t rule your life.

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TALLINN’S FAIRYTALE OLD TOWN

Welcome to Tallinn, Estonia.

The pastel, photogenic capital city. Sitting on the Gulf of Finland is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in my (long, long, long) 22 years. Tallinn’s Old Town is the best preserved Medieval city in Europe and boasts the honour of being a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Late last year I spent a few days nestled in an Airbnb in the heart of the Old Town (linked because it was amazing and had a private sauna in) and have to share how amazing it was and what you can get up to in the Old Town.

Check out my last post on Tallinn’s abandoned Olympic stadium if you want to see the complete opposite of what you’re about to!

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