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 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.