The Red Square of Moscow, Russia

If you have just one day in Moscow, then the Red Square it is — St Basil’s Cathedral, Kremlin, Kazan Cathedral, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Not to mention the gorgeous Metro stations. April 2012.

The Island Castle of Trakai, Lithuania

A visit to Trakai, an old capital of Lithuania, where the beautiful 14th c. Island Castle was built. Trakai is also the spiritual home of the Karaite people, who were taken here from Crimea in the 14th c. They practise a faith which is a mix of Jewish and Islam, and now there are only 250 of them left. 14 April 2012.

The Medieval Old Town of Vilnius, Lithuania

The Old Town of Vilnius, founded 1323, is the third well-preserved medieval city in the Baltic States. Together with Tallinn and Riga, this old town is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lithuania was the last pagan state in Europe to be converted into Christianity. 14 April 2012.

The Medieval Old Town of Riga, Latvia

The capital of Latvia — Riga, founded 1201 — has another well-preserved medieval town in the Baltic States. Although there are encroachments of modern structures within the old town area, it still retains its old world charm. A very delightful place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site too. 11-12 April 2012.