10/06/2006 15 °C
Hey gang, sorry for the delay on adding items to the blog so I hope this makes up for some of the last few weeks
Here are some highlights of our trip through the baltics and some pictures
- Arriving in Helsinki from Beijing. A pleasant experience after the hustle and bustle of China, getting some fresh air and not walking through crowds constantly was a bonus!
- Watching Finnish monster rock band "Lordi" win Eurovision while in Tallinn, Estonia. "Hard Rock Hallelujah" was sung by many a person that night. We were lucky enough to watch the coverage with some Finns, a Swede and other random travellers.
- The city of Tallinn was quite nice itself, tight streets in the old town were winding around plenty of churches and old buildings. The old town was also surrounded by walls and had a beautiful square.
- You have probably heard already but when we were in Riga we fired AK-47's in an ex-soviet bunker. One of the most heart racing experiences of the trip. The noise the gun made was incredible. We weren't supposed to take photos but Liam squeezed this one in when the bloke was putting up the targets.
- Riga was also a great city, the old town was bigger than in Tallinn and was not just full of restaurants and touristy stuff. This is the view from a church steeple
- Bobsled track at Sigulda. As you can see there is no snow or ice. In winter you can go down this track in a bobsled with the Latvian bobsled team. In May the only option was to walk down the track.
- Hill of Crosses, Lithuania. Hundreds of thousands of crosses spread over a couple of hills to commemorate Lithuanians killed or deported to Siberia over the last century. The occupation museum in Latvia was also really interesting showing the influence of the Germans and Soviets and the terrible things that happened.
Some more random photos......
On the boat to the Swedish sea fort in Helsinki, as you can see it was about 10 degrees on the windy top deck of the ferry.
Free bikes that take a coin deposit in Helsinki, kind of like a trolley that you can leave anywhere. Pity they were bright yellow...
Liam in Riga.
The former KGB prison. Scary stuff. The Soviets were not very nice.
There is a small area of Vilnius which has declared itself a seperate republic to Lithuania and has it's own constitution. Some great lines in there.
At Trakai Castle near Vilnius. Liam in the stocks.
Here is the castle from outside.
It also seemed that everywhere we went in the Baltics was raining, but that didn't put a damper on seeing the sights
There we go, the Baltics are done. I will be back in a few days to fill you in on Paris, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.