This week Speakeasy Explorer Cailin O'Neil travels through Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Along the way, she finds hip neighbors in Estonia, cool road trip finds on her journey between Lativa and Lithuania, and takes flight over the Trakai Castle and Historical National Park in Lithuania. Pretty awesome stuff, if I do say so myself.
Estonian Bog Walking. Skill level = HIGH. Lol #askanyonewhoknows #jaywaybaltics A photo posted by Cailin (@cailinoneil) on
The Schlössle Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia is quite deceiving from the street. From the outside it looks nice and quaint but inside some of the rooms are cave like and the basement has one of the coolest cave like cigar lounges/bars in the city. Definitely check it out on your travels. #jaywaybaltics A photo posted by Cailin (@cailinoneil) on
Exploring the Art Nouveau area of Riga, Latvia today with our local Latvian tour guide Tom. There are 800 Art Nouveau buildings in Riga which equal about 40% of the buildings standing in central Riga and they are simply stunning. I highly recommend a stroll through the Art Nouveau district aka the quiet centre if you visit! #jaywaybaltics
Some areas of Riga are crowded with people especially on a Saturday, however around the corner there is always a park or a nice quiet street scene like this one. I loved this tiny orange car! This city is FULL of some beautiful parks as well!! I highly recommend a visit. #jaywaybaltics A photo posted by Cailin (@cailinoneil) on
Today was a GORGEOUS day in Riga, Latvia. It was 18 or 20 Celsius, finally warming up. People were out having picnics in all of the beautiful parks across the city and it was the perfect day for a boat trip along the Riga Canal and River. An 1hr long round trip in one of these charming old boats costs €18 and is quite relaxing. #jaywaybaltics @visit_latvia @visitriga
Exploring Latvia's Rundāle Palace today there were hundreds of gorgeous portraits and this one stood out as one of my favorites. Not sure who she is but I found it to be quite unique compared to the others. The gardens on the property were quite gorgeous as well and reminded me slightly of Versailles. #jaywaybaltics A photo posted by Cailin (@cailinoneil) on
This morning I checked a major item off of my bucket-list as I got to go on my first ever hot air balloon ride! Outside of Vilnius, Lithuania we flew with the Ballooning Centre Lithuania over the Trakai Castle and Trakai Historical National Park. It was definitely an epic morning for it. Highly recommended. #jaywaybaltics A photo posted by Cailin (@cailinoneil) on
A chilly day pool side at the Hedon Spa & Hotel in Pärnu, Estonia. Renovated and reopened in 2014, this spa sits on the beach with the Baltic Sea gently lapping at its shores. In summer time the small town of Pärnu swells from 30,000 to 60,000+ visiting the beach, spa and small town. Don't worry though as the spa never gets too crowded with no more than 28 people being allowed to use the facilities at a time. #jaywaybaltics A photo posted by Cailin (@cailinoneil) on
If you have any questions about her journey, just let us know in the comments and we’ll get them answered for you. In the meantime, enjoy the wanderlust and be sure to check out her site, Travel Yourself, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for live updates from around Europe and beyond.
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