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 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.