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Location: Riga

Day 1 - 22 Jul 2022

Gan Bei

Riga, Gan Bei

Content: Arrived at Riga airport and took bus no 22 into town. It costs €2 per person and takes about 30 minutes. Had late lunch at Gan Bei Asian restaurant. Very good food and service.

Old Town Riga

Riga, Old Town Riga
Riga, Old Town Riga

Content: Walked around old Town. Nice old buildings, pretty churches.

The Town Hall Square (Rātslaukums)

Riga, The Town Hall Square (Rātslaukums)

Content: Beautiful town hall.

O Terase

Riga, O Terase

Content: Had dinner and drinks at this outdoor restaurant. Good food and service. There was a DJ playing music.

Location: Rīga

Day 1 - 22 Jul 2022

Riga Old Town

Rīga, Riga Old Town

Content: Walked back to our hotel.

Location: Riga

Day 2 - 23 Jul 2022

Mercure Riga Centre Hotel

Riga, Mercure Riga Centre Hotel
Riga, Mercure Riga Centre Hotel

Content: After breakfast at our hotel we packed up and headed to the long distance bus station.

Riga International Bus Station (Rīgas starptautiskā autoosta)

Riga, Riga International Bus Station (Rīgas starptautiskā autoosta)

Content: We boarded a bus to take us from Riga, Latvia to Tallinn, Estonia. The trip takes about 4.5 hours. The bus is very comfortable with wifi, seat back entertainment system with movies and games, free coffee and chocolate drinks and a restroom.

Location: Tallinn

Day 2 - 23 Jul 2022

Citybox

Tallinn, Citybox

Content: In Tallinn we took a cab to our hotel, the Citybox Tallinn.

Vanalinn

Tallinn, Vanalinn
Tallinn, Vanalinn

Content: Tallinn Old Town is simply exquisite. It was our favorite place in this trip.

Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats)

Tallinn, Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats)

Content: Walking around Tallinn is like stepping back in time. Such a charming old city center.

Troika

Tallinn, Troika

Content: Very good Russian/Estonian food at this restaurant.

Tallinn Town Hall (Tallinna Raekoda)

Tallinn, Tallinn Town Hall (Tallinna Raekoda)

Content: Continued our walk after our early dinner.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Aleksander Nevski Katedraal)

Tallinn, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Aleksander Nevski Katedraal)

Content: Beautiful Eastern Orthodox cathedral.

Location: Tallinn

Day 3 - 24 Jul 2022

La Boulangerie

Tallinn, La Boulangerie

Content: Very nice pastries and orange juice/coffee for breakfast near the hotel.

Katharinenthal

Tallinn, Katharinenthal

Content: Took the tram to Kadriorg Palace and Gardens.

Kadriorg Park (Kadrioru park)

Tallinn, Kadriorg Park (Kadrioru park)

Content: This pretty palace was build by Peter the Great. It is now an art museum. The gardens around it are beautiful.

Russalka Beach (Russalka rand)

Tallinn, Russalka Beach (Russalka rand)

Content: Walked down to the Baltic Sea. This is a very nice well kept beach though the weather was not perfect for a swim. We observed some young kids swimming.

Kadrioru Rand

Tallinn, Kadrioru Rand

Content: Walked back to Tallinn harbor along the water.

Citybox

Tallinn, Citybox
Tallinn, Citybox

Content: Citybox Tallinn was our favorite hotel on this trip! Our room had amazing views of the harbor. I could have sat there all day watching the cruise ships and ferries come and go. After walking back from the beach we did just that for a while.

Pulcinella

Tallinn, Pulcinella

Content: Then it was time for a late lunch and this time we chose an Italian restaurant in Old Town. Very tasty food.

Vanalinn

Tallinn, Vanalinn

Content: We walked around a bit more in Old Town after lunch and got some souvenirs. Then we headed back to the hotel once again.

Seven Seas Restaurant

Tallinn, Seven Seas Restaurant
Tallinn, Seven Seas Restaurant

Content: Had dinner and drinks here. Very nice salad for dinner for me. And a Hugo to drink.

Citybox Tallinn

Tallinn, Citybox Tallinn

Content: Headed back to our hotel.

Location: Tallinn

Day 4 - 25 Jul 2022

Citybox

Tallinn, Citybox
Tallinn, Citybox

Content: Had breakfast at Loulou which is downstairs at Citybox. Very nice breakfast of avocado toast.

Port of Tallinn

Tallinn, Port of Tallinn
Tallinn, Port of Tallinn

Content: Checked out of the hotel and walked to the ferry terminal

Tallink Ship Board

Tallinn, Tallink Ship Board

Content: Took a ferry from Tallinn, Estonia to Helsinki, Finland.

Location: Helsinki

Day 4 - 25 Jul 2022

West Terminal 2 (Länsiterminaali 2)

Helsinki, West Terminal 2 (Länsiterminaali 2)

Content: Arrived in Helsinki, Finland.

Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel

Helsinki, Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel

Content: Took a tram to our hotel, the Radisson Blu Seaside.

Konttiravintola Morton

Helsinki, Konttiravintola Morton

Content: Helsinki public transportation is very good. I suggest you buy a one day or a two day ticket. We opted for the 2-day which cost €12.

Senate Square (Senaatintori)

Helsinki, Senate Square (Senaatintori)

Content: Beautiful Helsinki Cathedral stands on a small hill. This part of the world is really quite flat so any small elevation counts as a hill. 😄

Market Square (Kauppatori)

Helsinki, Market Square (Kauppatori)
Helsinki, Market Square (Kauppatori)

Content: Walked to market square and checked out the vendors.

Rauhanpatsas

Helsinki, Rauhanpatsas

Content: We then boarded a tour boat for an1.5 hour sightseeing cruise.

South Harbour

Helsinki, South Harbour

Content: The cruise took us last these ice breakers which were enjoying their summer vacation.

Market Square (Kauppatori)

Helsinki, Market Square (Kauppatori)

Content: The trip ended back by Market Square.

Esplanadin puisto

Helsinki, Esplanadin puisto
Helsinki, Esplanadin puisto

Content: Wandered the streets of Helsinki and had dinner.

Location: Helsinki

Day 5 - 26 Jul 2022

Suomenlinna / Sveaborg (Suomenlinna)

Helsinki, Suomenlinna / Sveaborg (Suomenlinna)

Content: After breakfast we took the tram to Market Square and from there a ferry to Suomenlinna island to visit the old fort there.

Suomenlinna Fortress Ruins (Suomenlinnan Rauniot)

Helsinki, Suomenlinna Fortress Ruins (Suomenlinnan Rauniot)
Helsinki, Suomenlinna Fortress Ruins (Suomenlinnan Rauniot)

Content: Suomenlinna Fortress, a World Heritage Site, is located on several islands that are connected by bridges.

Suomenlinnan uimaranta

Helsinki, Suomenlinnan uimaranta
Helsinki, Suomenlinnan uimaranta

Content: It is a beautiful hike around the islands with scenic views and nature all around.

Kustaanmiekan rantakalliot

Helsinki, Kustaanmiekan rantakalliot

Content: After a few hours walking around Suomenlinna, we headed back to the ferry to take us back to Helsinki.

Eteläsatama / South Harbor

Helsinki, Eteläsatama / South Harbor

Content: Arriving in Helsinki we checked out the Central Market hall and the vendors around it. Had crepes for lunch at one of the food stands.

Market Square (Kauppatori)

Helsinki, Market Square (Kauppatori)

Content: Bought a lovely piece of art at this stall. Beautiful selection of unique art.

Helsinki Old Town

Helsinki, Helsinki Old Town

Content: Inside the old market hall there are many other choices of restaurants.

Uspensky Cathedral (Uspenskin katedraali)

Helsinki, Uspensky Cathedral (Uspenskin katedraali)

Content: It started drizzling but we decided to walk over to the orthodox cathedral.

Urbine

Helsinki, Urbine

Content: Headed back to the hotel and then went to this restaurant and has some really good dishes for dinner.

Location: Helsinki

Day 6 - 27 Jul 2022

Jätkäsaaren tekojää

Helsinki, Jätkäsaaren tekojää

Content: After breakfast we walked around this newly built neighborhood near the ferry terminal. Interesting to see the different buildings.

HSL 0238 Länsiterminaali T2, laituri 2

Helsinki, HSL 0238 Länsiterminaali T2, laituri 2

Content: From the terminal we took the tram back to our hotel, checked out and took the train to Helsinki airport.

Location: Vantaa

Day 6 - 27 Jul 2022

Gate 6 (Portti 6)

Vantaa, Gate 6 (Portti 6)

Content: The flight from Helsinki to Riga took less than an hour.

Location: Riga

Day 6 - 27 Jul 2022

Beera Bar

Riga, Beera Bar

Content: In Riga we took bus no 22 from the airport to town again and checked into our hotel (the Ibis Riga Centre). Then it was time for dinner (pizza to go) and to Beera Bar for quiz night. We signed up online for this activity which was in English, cost €2 per person and was about two hours. It takes place at Beera Bar every other Wednesday and was a lot of fun.

Location: Riga

Day 7 - 28 Jul 2022

Latvian Academy of Sciences (Latvijas Zinātņu Akadēmija)

Riga, Latvian Academy of Sciences (Latvijas Zinātņu Akadēmija)
Riga, Latvian Academy of Sciences (Latvijas Zinātņu Akadēmija)

Content: After breakfast we headed to the Latvian Academy of Sciences building which has an observation deck at the top with wonderful views of Riga. The building is strongly reminiscent of the famous Moscow skyscrapers, the 7 sisters. It was built during the Russian occupation so the resemblance makes sense. The entry ticket is €6 which is totally worth the view.

Centrālais Tirgus

Riga, Centrālais Tirgus
Riga, Centrālais Tirgus

Content: The Central Market is near Old Town and the river. It was built from old airplane hangars and is very large. There is an outdoor market surrounding it. We bought some delicious fresh strawberries.

Dome square (Doma laukums)

Riga, Dome square (Doma laukums)

Content: From the market we walked through old town to Dome Square.

Swedish Gate (Zviedru Vārti (Swedish Gate))

Riga, Swedish Gate (Zviedru Vārti (Swedish Gate))

Content: The Swedish Gate is the only part of the old city wall that remains today.

Nativity Cathedral (Rīgas Kristus Piedzimšanas pareizticīgo katedrāle)

Riga, Nativity Cathedral (Rīgas Kristus Piedzimšanas pareizticīgo katedrāle)

Content: This large orthodox cathedral is in the middle of a park. Riga has some beautiful parks and we spent some time wandering along the many paths.

Stone bridge (Akmens tilts)

Riga, Stone bridge (Akmens tilts)

Content: In the evening we took a stroll along the river.

Location: Mārupe

Day 8 - 29 Jul 2022

Riga International Airport

Mārupe, Riga International Airport

Content: In the morning we checked out of our hotel, took the no 22 bus to the airport and said goodbye to the Baltic. Another fun trip came to an end.