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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 St Petersburg, 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.


These are the stories of our 5-nation journey.


Apr 06-08 > Russia > Saint Petersburg, the Imperial Capital of Russia 

Apr 09 > Estonia > The Medieval Old Town of Tallinn

Apr 10 > Finland > Helsinki and the Suomenlinna-Sveaborg Sea Fortress

Apr 11-12 > Latvia > The Medieval Old Town of Riga

Apr 14 > Lithuania > The Medieval Old Town of Vilnius – The Island Castle of Trakai

Apr 15-16 > Russia > The Red Square of Moscow




The Red Square of Moscow, Russia

Russia > Moscow

15-16 April 2012

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.

This slideshow is a documentation of this visit, please watch in HD 720p for best effect. Thanks!


Saint Petersburg, the Imperial Capital of Russia

Russia > Saint Petersburg

07-08 April 2012

Saint Petersburg, the city founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 in a mosquito-infested swamp, was the capital of the huge Russian Empire (1721-1917), only to be moved to Moscow by the Bolsheviks in 1918 (they also renamed the city ‘Leningrad’). It flourished to become one of Europe’s most elegant cities and the cultural centre for Russia.

The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg is now a Unesco World Heritage Site, and on a cold April weekend, we find ourselves exploring the town by foot.

Please click below for slideshows of our two days in Saint Petersburg. For best experience, please view in HD 720p, thanks! 🙂


Part I — Journey from Kuala Lumpur to Saint Petersburg, via Dubai, with Emirates. First day in Saint Petersburg is spent at the wonderful State Hermitage Museum, established by Tsarina Catherine the Great in 1764. It houses the largest collection of paintings in the world.

Part II — Another Saint Petersburg sight is the late 19th century Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Built on the exact spot Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881.

Part III — A cold walk across the Neva river in the sleet, to visit the Saint Petersburg Mosque (opened 1913) and the St Peter and Paul Fortress, the birthplace of Saint Petersburg and the Russian Empire.


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Please click HERE for a full list of stories from 2004. Pleasant viewing, thanks!