Russia and the Baltics, April 2012 — Collection of Stories

This is a collection of 7 stories on the trip we did 06-16 April 2012, covering St Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Moscow. We flew Emirates from Kuala Lumpur, with a brief lay-over in Dubai, destination St Petersburg. From there, we flew to Tallinn by Estonian Air, where we also did a daytrip to Helsinki by Tallink Silja ferry. Then with Air Baltic to Riga and Vilnius. From Vilnius we re-entered Russia by travelling to Moscow with Aeroflot. We also used Aeroflot to return to St Petersburg to catch the Emirates flight back to Kuala Lumpur.

The Medieval Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia

Tallin was first documented in the 12th century by an Arab cartographer, became a Hanseatic city-state, fell under Swedish rule, then Russian, before Estonia gained independence in 1918. Just before World War II, it was occupied by the Soviets, then the Nazis, to be forced into the USSR. Against all odds, in 1991, Estonia regained independence from the Soviets, together with the other two Baltic states — Latvia and Lithuania. So on one fine cold day, we found ourselves wandering around Tallinn’s Old Town — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — exploring and admiring the fascinating structures dating from 13th century. 09 April 2012.