The leaning tower of … Tartu, Estonia

I visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa as a child, and I'm pretty sure if you'd asked me then about a country named Estonia I would have told you it was a made-up name, stuck inside the USSR as it was at the time. These days Estonia is one of my favourite destinations and among the many, many things to … [Read more...]

Getting to Eastern Europe before it’s too late

I recently read an article at Boots'n'All about why it's important to visit post-communist eastern Europe now, or at least as soon as you can! It reminded me of my passion for eastern Europe and some of the unique things about it - including obscure communist architecture like this upside-down … [Read more...]

Passport pirouette: A whirlwind Estonian visit

Oh, Estonia. How I adore you! My favourite Baltic state and my saviour after nearly overdosing on Russia on the Trans-Siberian. I sneakily managed another quick visit to Estonia when I took my mother to Moscow and St Petersburg. We had to return to Germany and by far the cheapest way was to take the … [Read more...]

These Estonian krooni are now no more!

Sometimes you need to write a blog post just because you have the perfect photo to go with it. This is one of those times. In the margins of the news this week, one of my favourite countries has changed currencies. I'm talking about Estonia, one of those not-so-well-known Baltic States, and how they … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Romantic castle towers in Estonia

I adore Estonia, and here's another reason why. I took this photo while walking along the tower walls of Tallinn, the gorgeous capital of Estonia. As I understand of it most of these structures date back to the fifteenth century and for me, growing up with modern Australian "architecture" around me, … [Read more...]

Passport pirouette: Hopping through the Baltic States

When I was a kid in school, nobody mentioned Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania in geography classes - they were simply a part of the Soviet Union then, and it never really occurred to me that there were such distinct countries tied up in it. But when I backpacked through eastern Europe a few years ago, I … [Read more...]