TALLINN AIRPORT: A REVIEW

Why am I reviewing an airport of all things? Because Tallinn’s Lennart Meri Airport is THE CUTEST! By far the most adorable airport I’ve ever been in. It is cozy and cheerful, and feels like a big lounge room with a cafe or a library or a playground throwing in here and there. Actually, why tell you about…

TALLINN’S UNEXPECTED CULINARY ADVENTURE

Whatever my expectations for Estonia, having a mind-blowing gourmet experience wasn’t on the list. Yet this is exactly what I got in Tallinn, over and over, in just three days. How did Estonia surprise my palate? Let me count the ways. The best pork I ever had. Ever. Possibly the best entrée, period. On my…

ESTONIA’S GORGEOUS COUNTRYSIDE

You know how parents tell their kids to never get into cars with strange men? This is exactly what I did in Estonia. The strange man in question was the Nice German I met on my first evening in Tallinn. Long story short, as a result of making this acquaintance, I abandoned my original plan…

TALLINN: BITS AND BOBS AND A BEAUTIFUL PALACE

Here are some random interesting bits from Tallinn. A Tale of Two Churches The Soviet Union was not kind to organized religion of any stripe, and thousands of churches were outright destroyed or re-purposed for other needs of the people. Old Town Tallinn has two remarkable examples of ecclesiastic architecture with equally fascinating histories. The Russian…

TALLINN: TOO MUCH WHIMSY?

I mean – just look at this place. Where have I seen this before…? Even their souvenirs looks like they were taken straight from Elsa’s and Anna’s wardrobes (that’s a “Frozen” reference for you heathens). I never thought any place in the world could have too much whimsy for my liking, but Tallinn came close…

RIGA’S REMARKABLE ART NOUVEAU

When you think of the cities with the greatest collections of Art Nouveau architecture, what comes to mind? Probably Paris or Brussels, Prague or Budapest. But not Riga, right? Well, then you’re in for quite a surprise. I first heard of Riga’s collection of Art Nouveau architecture just a few months ago, through the Latvia’s…

LOVELY RIGA, or LINDA’S LATVIA LIES EXPOSED

I think it won’t be an exaggeration to say that Expat Eye on Latvia’s Linda almost literally put Latvia on a map for a lot of “far abroad” foreigners with her very active Latvia PR campaign. However, she accomplished this with a rather unusual approach, often highlighting the gloomy and dysfunctional over the pretty and…