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Three Days in Vilnius with Ilona

Full of memorable food, early modern architecture, and memorable vistas, Vilnius packs a lot into its Old Town, to say nothing of the rest of the city, and its surroundings. We asked Ilona, a native of Vilnius, how she’d spend 72 hours showing a first time visitor around in her … Read More

Can’t Miss Castles (Part II: Eastern Europe)

A highlight harder to find back in America or Australia, Europe’s many castles can be overwhelming, so we decided to share some of our favorites. Click here for part one of this two-part post which covers the Adriatic and Central Europe regions. Corvin One of Europe’s largest (and probably most … Read More

Klaipeda Tall Ships

Sailing the Baltic Sea

Sailing the Baltic Sea What good’s a lot of water if you can’t sail on it? With its thousands of islands and long, rugged coast, the Baltic Sea offers ample opportunities for sailing. Indeed, strong winds and almost nonexistent currents and tides make for an easy sail. As part of … Read More

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Central & Eastern Europe’s Diverse, Delectable Desserts

From blood sausage to octopus risotto, East and Central European cuisine runs the gamut, and its desserts, varied as they may be, are all worth a taste. We asked our local staff for their favorites, and struggled mightily to winnow them down enough to fit into a blog post! Here … Read More

Parade in traditional Lithuanian Song Celebration

A Worthwhile Wait: The Baltic Song and Dance Festivals

The largest events held in the Baltic States are the UNESCO-listed song and dance festivals held in mid-summer every five years in Estonia and Latvia, and four years in Lithuania. These mass performances were at the center of the Baltic national awakenings, and remain pivotal events. With hundreds of choirs … Read More

Vilnius Old Town from a hot air balloon

Views over Vilnius

Apart from the gradual slope from the Old Town area to Cathedral Square and the cone-shaped Castle Hill, Central Vilnius is rather flat, so it’s not hard to find places to get a panoramic view of the whole city. There are plenty of vantage points to choose from. Castle Hill … Read More

Spring festivals in Europe

Spring Festivals in Central and Eastern Europe

Spring is a big deal in Central and Eastern Europe. That’s not only because many of these countries were once pagan, but also because they have to put up with a long, dark winter. So when spring finally comes around, people are ready to celebrate. Most spring festivals in Central … Read More

European Festivals

Unique European Festivals and Feast Days

Europe is a fantastic travel destination at any time of year. There’s never a reason not to go. But there are some very unique festivals and feast days that are unlike anything you’ll encounter elsewhere. So if you time your visit right, you can really experience something special, from diving … Read More

Souvenir Shopping in the Baltic States

Even if you’re traveling on a budget, buying souvenirs is always one of the highlights of going on holiday. We always recommend buying local. Choosing products from local artisans is one sure way to keep an authentic memory of your trip. When you’re traveling in Europe you’re spoiled for choice. The … Read More

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