Images from Vilnius

An excellent city to walk. Vilnius has varied architecture, a complex history, and a bright future. After gaining independence in 1990, traditional Lithuanian cuisine has become a way to commemorate a shared identity and culture. Old town is dotted with independent coffee shops and eateries.

Daughter of the Baltic

Helsinki was founded as a trading port by Gustav I in 1550. Today, the city embodies the best of Scandinavia; industrious people, and functional, neoclassical architecture.

Depictions of Warsaw


World War Two, Holocaust, Soviet occupation, John Paul II, European Union. A complex history unites a contemporary city that is a patchwork of ideas and identities.

Intrinsic Riga

Even though KGB members are not actively walking the streets of Riga, backpackers can contemplate architectonic aspects of different occupations in Latvia. Soviet era street cars lead people through a time warp of small wooden buildings, large Stalin inspired towers, Khrushchev-esque block apartments, and Parisian style art nouvea.

Suomenlinna

Built by the Swedish empire in the 18th century and once occupied by the Russians; today these six islands, known as Suomenlinna, form a small military and civilian presence outside Helsinki, Finland. The fortifications are mixed in with barracks, many of which have since been turned into apartments. Small houses and sporadic stores provide a picturesque backdrop for bicyclists enjoying the short nordic summer.

Street art in Tartu, Estonia.

Street art is thriving in Tartu. This small university town in Estonia has an incredible amount of picturesque alleys. One interesting facet of the art is that much of it is located in hidden locales. While walking down dirt roads in the countryside, a piece can be discovered on the side of an abandoned building or the side of a small apartment building. Tartu is much more than street art though, quiet streets lined with cafes and parked bikes offer a more authentic way to experience Estonia than touristy Tallinn.

Driving in Peru

 

A glimpse of travel through the Sacred Valley of the Andes. Small villages follow the Urubamba River. Road views offer a sample of life then and now.