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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

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

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

Two Underappreciated Second Cities: Brno and Kaunas

There’s a lot to recommend the capitals of Central and Eastern Europe. From Prague and Vienna to Warsaw and Vilnius, these are some of the most beautiful destinations on the Continent. But the charms of a country’s capital don’t end at the city limits. Some of our favorite European travel … Read More

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Uoksas: A Foodie Oasis in Kaunas

Lithuania’s second city might be a a bit slow off the mark compared the culinary revolution afoot in the capital but there’s a place well worth visiting should you find yourself here. Working with mainly locally and preferably organically sourced ingredients the team here are challenging preconceptions about Lithuanian cuisine, … Read More

5 Offbeat Travel Surprises for 2015

Have you settled your 2015 vacation plans yet? If you are still up in the air on where to go and what to do, we’ve got a few surprising suggestions. Surprising for two reasons. One, you may not have thought about visiting (or even have heard of) these towns, and … Read More

Lithuania Goes Large

2014 was our first season arranging travel in the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Our first few visits to the region since 2011 concentrated on the capital cities: cutesy Tallinn with its cobbled streets, medieval walls and red-roofed old town. Big-city Latvia, a restored old town, art nouveau district … Read More

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