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The Baltic States In 6 Easy Flights  
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11542 times:

Seeing how I was 18 and thus I could finally exit Romania without a guardian, I knew I had to start visiting Europe… Well, more than I had before, anyway. Where to go? So many choices! I could go… to London or Germany or Prague. So, where did I go? Riga and Tallinn, of course. Plus a daytrip to each of Vilnius and Helsinki. Why? Well, I always felt a “weird” attraction to these countries (Latvia and Estonia). I had even done a geography project on Latvia in the seventh grade. Furthermore, TAROM had recently started a 4x weekly flight to Riga, just in time for me to buy a ticket. This sequence of events set everything in motion.

So here’s a detailed account of my itinerary so you can see what to expect from this TR. The flights took place in July, for who’s interested, but I don’t think the dates are necessary to mention. I will say I left on a Monday and returned on a Sunday.

RO223 OTP-RIX 15:00-17:15 Boeing 737-300 Seat: 05F Reg: YR-BGE

BT341 RIX-VNO 06:40-07:30 Fokker F50 Seat: 10A Reg: YL-BAS
BT348 VNO-RIX 18:30-19:20 Fokker F50 Seat: 06D Reg: YL-BAU
BT363 RIX-TLL 20:10-21:00 Boeing 737-500W Seat: 09F Reg: YL-BBH

BT340 HEL-RIX 09:55-11:10 Fokker F50 Seat: 02D Reg: YL-BAW
RO224 RIX-OTP 18:00-20:20 Boeing 737-700 Seat: 13A Reg: YR-BGG (Retrojet)

Well, let’s say that I wasn’t in the best mood in the first half of 2010; I was depressed. When I bought these tickets I wanted something to lift my depression. This was my way out of there. Of course, then, a few days before the trip started I didn’t want to go. But I did, and in the end, it did make me happy.

OK, so the summer of 2010 was when Romanian airlines got in line with the rest of the world and launched online check-in. Thus, I proceeded to use this service on my RO223 flight to Riga. Of course, this guaranteed me a sequence number of 1, which I’m not accustomed to, to be honest.

The next day I showed up to OTP airport, a couple of hours before the flight. I got the boarding pass from the check-in desk (there was this option, and I like such boarding passes much better than the ones printed at home). There was no one there when I showed up and everything went smoothly.

OTP was in the middle of renovation works; a new wing was being built and the traffic flow in the old wing was modified, providing me with a bit of confusion, as the entrance to “Gates 7-10” became a meter wide door and a very narrow stairway. This is a bus gate and after waiting for boarding to start, I was among the first to enter the bus. After boarding was completed I counted about 40 passengers on the flight. Not too good, but it was a Monday and this is probably not a business route.

Here are two pictures of the construction as it was in July (now it’s virtually complete—amazingly fast for Romania):



A pic of our engine and a pic of our sister ship YR-BGI:



Soon everyone got on our 733 and we were set to depart for Riga. The flight left more or less on-time; I only worry if I’ve got a connection, so I can’t be sure how on-time we were. Our flight path took us over Urziceni (the small town with a Champions League team last season), Bobocu Airfield, Focsani, Onesti, Suceava. Afterward, we left Romanian airspace.

Here is Bobocu Airfield:


Suceava Airport and parts of the city:


Mitocu Dragomirnei, my grandpa’s native village:


I was reading the in-flight magazine, which detailed TAROM’s entry into the SkyTeam Alliance, future plans (double daily LHR flights eff March 2011, for example). I was served a meal, I believe chicken with rice (the typical choice). The meal was good, especially because few airlines offer a meal on a 2 hour sector. Then instant coffee and tea were served; I went for the coffee this time.

Over Ukraine, I saw a couple of interesting cloud formations, here are a couple of pics:



Wing-view in flight:


Seat row in flight (5/6 free in my row):


Soon, the enjoyable flight was over, as we landed in Riga around 17:15. Overall, very good; TAROM offers a good in flight product. Years ago, RO was nothing to write home about, but now, both in-flight and ground services having improved, and with other airlines having reduced their service level, RO became one of the better airlines in Europe (of those whose products I’ve sampled).

YR-BGE in Riga:




Apron views at RIX:





While in Riga, I visited the aviation museum by the airport; it wasn’t exactly the nicest place to go, because most of the aircraft are not in very good shape, but there are some interesting mostly soviet-built aircraft lying around. The Antonov 24 and the Mil 8 are the highlights of the exhibition. There are some places to see the action at RIX, but none particularly good for taking photos of passing airplanes. While at the airport I decided to print my boarding pass for my next day flight to Vilnius and IIRC, the boarding passes for my future flights to Tallinn.

Anyway, here’s the An-24:


Some views of Riga:
Freedom Monument:


Old&New:


Riga Dom:



Riga is a very nice city to visit, particularly in the center. I haven’t seen many of the typically communist neighborhoods, but according to the places I’ve seen, Riga was the cleanest city I’ve been to. Even if this aspect is true just in the touristy places, it’s still quite amazing, coming from Romania, but also knowing just how “clean” Rome or Paris are. Riga also strikes me as one of the most civilized places I’ve seen, and the city is very nice, well worth a visit, even if just for a couple of days.

Anyway, the night before my flight to Vilnius I didn’t manage to fall asleep for some reason. It wasn’t the fact that I was excited to fly on a Fokker 50, although I was. I really can’t tell why; maybe the single bed wasn’t enough room to toss and turn. I resided at the Green Apple hostel, which is inside 4-star Hotel Riga, making up the non-renovated part of this establishment. Spartan room (as expected), but good prices.

Anyway, the next day at 4:45am I was outside the hotel waiting for the AirBaltic shuttle to the airport. The driver made the least positive impression in Latvia, but even he knew a bit of English so he could communicate. Anyway, after a half-hour of turning around various Riga hotels (including Islande (?) Hotel to pick up a LOT crew), we headed (finally) to the airport, about an hour before my flight was to depart. This was enough time to pass through security, head down to the extremely crowded round terminal (I hope those familiar with RIX will understand), head back up because I thought I was in the wrong place and head back down after convincing myself that was the right terminal. Oh, by very crowded I mean about 3 people… When boarding was called, guess how many people showed up? If you said 4 (me included), you’re right! A very poor LF, but that’s no surprise given the time of the flight (06:50). I don’t think that many people fly from Riga to Vilnius (I may be wrong).

Pics in the airport:




LOT ERJ-145 and a sea of aircraft operating for AirBaltic:


Dash-8-400:


So boarding was completed in about 20 seconds and we were ready to depart early. We did, took off, and after about 45 minutes we touched down (early) in Vilnius. Anyway, VNO terminal was much larger than RIX, but it was very empty. Lithuania doesn’t have a good record in maintaining an airline running for a good period of time, it seems.

Pics in the cabin:



YL-BAS:


Anyway, in the terminal… Well, let’s just say there was no one there aside from the 4 passengers, the currency exchange lady and the newspaper stand lady (where I got bus tickets). I got on the bus and headed to Vilnius city center—very early. Naturally, when I got there I wasn’t overly impressed. It was much larger than Riga’s center, quite clean as well (the promenade along the river wasn’t that pretty and clean), but there didn’t seem to be much to do (at 8am?... no way!). So I walked around aimlessly and wasn’t that impressed. After a while I visited all I could find in the center, including the highlight, the Vilnius medieval castle. Other than that… Well it’s mostly churches all the way down to the train station. OK, but kinda boring at the same time... If there’s not much else.

Here are a couple of pics of the city and castle:





The area outside the city center (once exiting through Ausros Vartai—the Gate of Dawn, IIRC, although it’s in the south of the city) was typically Eastern European--that is a bit run down. Nothing too bad, though. I got to the train station, tried to buy tickets at the desk, but was sent to the train. After waiting and after a journey of a few minutes, I arrived (and yes, I did pay in the train).

A pic of the airport (looks old, but it’s modern inside):


There was a direct flight to Tallinn, but it was both cheaper to connect through Riga and also I would log more flights… No brainer! The bad part is a connection of 50 minutes. Conveniently, the inbound flight was late, and we boarded and left VNO late. Furthermore, the active runway at RIX was 18, meaning a 50 mile detour; we passed by the airport then we landed almost 15 minutes later. Since this flight was full, pax had to wait for their gate check-ed bags, further reducing my margin. Luckily, once I got to the terminal and ran to the gate. Boarding there was almost complete, so a further 5 minutes would’ve meant a missed flight for me.

Riga Airport:


Our engine:


Our F-50:



New problem: I had put my boarding pass in a different location than usual and couldn’t find it. Finally, the nice gate agent gave me a new one in order to quickly finish boarding. Of course, on board I found my boarding pass immediately.

So, the flight was scheduled as a wingletted 737. The day before the flight, the seat map indicated a F50… So I got seat 9D. Then AirBaltic switched back to a 735 with winglets… Row 9 was in fact an exit row, and luckily the flight wasn’t full… so I switched to 9F.

Wing pics, in flight:



Pretty much on time, we left and had an uneventful flight to TLL. We arrived on-time, landing on runway 27 and docking at an air bridge in the new and quite nice, interesting architecturally terminal in TLL. It’s definitely not your typical bland airport.

View of the terminal (not a very good one):


I got my bus ticket and left toward the city and my hotel. Anyway, I’d planned to fly on Avies’ service to Kardla, but as I couldn’t complete the transaction on-line, I had to abandon the idea, as I didn’t want to waste my time in the airport trying to book this ticket (strange, I know, but I really enjoyed Tallinn and there was nothing to see in Kardla). Tallinn is a very very nice city and I had enough to see for a couple of days; very beautiful and nice city center; overall it was more modern than Riga, but just as nice.

A few pics from Tallinn:




After a couple of nice days here, I took the ferry to Helsinki; when I arrived, the weather was just horrible (13C and drizzle), whereas so far on this trip, I was given superb weather: 25-30C and sunny skies. Anyway, first I went to the hotel and then I started my power walk through Helsinki to see everything there was to see. The bad part? It seems I’ve managed to see all I was interested in, in just under 8 hours. My hypothesis: Helsinki is a very nice city to live (if you’ve got the money), but it’s not that interesting touristically.

Here are a few pics of Helsinki:





At night at my hostel, I managed to print out boarding passes for both HEL-RIX and RIX-OTP flights, for a small fee. The next morning, I took a bus to the main train station and then took the airport express bus to the airport. The weather was still miserable and quite cold, but even so, once past security, I tried to get as many pics as I could of the HEL traffic.

Highlight: Finnair retrojet:




(Sorry for the reflections and the weather!)

Finnair E-170 and E-190:




Finnair 757:



Air Finland 757:



Blue 1 BAe146 (Avro RJ):


LH and Finnair Airbuses:




Malev 737:



Anyway, right around 30 minutes before departure we started boarding (of course, there was a bus involved) and soon the bus left with a reasonably full load of passengers for a Fokker 50. We boarded and left more or less on time. Again, there was nothing special on this flight, good or bad. After landing in Riga, I went out to explore the city more, as seven hours is too much time to spend in Riga airport; the traffic is not that intense and I had seen most of the aircraft types hanging around RIX.

Here are a couple of pictures of Riga Airport from the outside:



And look at what I found inside a museum: wooden models of the Boeing Supersonic Transport:


Anyway, after a nice lunch and a needed gift buying session, I headed back to the airport to wait for the TAROM 737-700 that was to take me home. After security I found a nice viewing area. Unfortunately there was a group of annoying, stupid Englishmen that kept mocking the fact that I was taking picture. I ignored them as I considered the best course of action. I kept taking pictures, of course.

Air Baltic 737s:




Air Baltic DHC-8-400Q:


Air Baltic Fokkers:



Then, the highlight of my day: I was going to fly on the TAROM retrojet, YR-BGG:



Anyway, at around 17:30 we boarded. I chatted for a bit (until we got to the plane—bus again) with a young dude who was returning from his vacation in Riga as well.

We took off on time and had a nice flight again; meal was served. However, my seat was in poor condition this time; this was unfortunate. However, it was one of RO’s oldest aircraft whose interior they have yet to update. There was an airshow on the typical 737-700 TV displays; mostly however, there was information on TAROM’s prices and information about random stuff in our world. Interesting, but I probably would have preferred the airshow (which stayed on for about 20% of the flight). We landed in OTP on runway 08L and after a 5 minute taxi we got to our parking stand.

Thank you, TAROM and AirBaltic, for enjoyable rides and the opportunity to fly on a new aircraft type and the retrojet.

Pictures of YR-BGG:




And of an A310 at OTP:



Finally, an E-170 at OTP, ready to depart for HEL:



Overall, a very good trip. Thanks for reading.

Comments always appreciated. If there’s anything that would make my TRs better, let me know.

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User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12119 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 11161 times:
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Great photos that you have included. Nice to see this part of the World covered.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 698 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days ago) and read 11033 times:

Hi Alex,
thanks for this interesting trip report with some great pictures. Tarom really seems to be a nice airlines, great that they serve a hot meal on a rather short flight like this.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
A pic of the airport (looks old, but it’s modern inside):

Nice building, looks more like a train station than an airport.

Shame you had bad weather in Helsinki. With a little sunshine you would have enjoyed it much more, since it is a very interesting city.

And great you got that retro jet on your return.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 11 hours ago) and read 10311 times:

Hi DC9!

A very nice read on various things that are VERY familiar to me: RIX, The Baltics, Helsinki and of course airBaltic. Always good to read another person's opinion on these things, acts as a nice eye opener!

Sounds like you had a nice time!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
was served a meal, I believe chicken with rice (the typical choice). The meal was good, especially because few airlines offer a meal on a 2 hour sector.

On my sole flight with RO (BRU-OTP on A318) a couple of years ago I was served one of the most disgusting airline meals I've ever had in my life. It was some kind of chicken in mystery sauce with potatoes - everything tasted horrible and I ditched it after two bites. I also found it weird that they didn't have any wine in economy - considering that Romania is quite a major wine producer! Even the beer they served (can't remember the brand) was horrible. And as icing on the cake they left our bags at BRU. Not very fond memories of TAROM for me...

Then again I had just flown in from HEL on AY in business class so maybe my expectations were a bit too high  .

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):

While in Riga, I visited the aviation museum by the airport; it wasn’t exactly the nicest place to go, because most of the aircraft are not in very good shape, but there are some interesting mostly soviet-built aircraft lying around. The Antonov
24 and the Mil 8 are the highlights of the exhibition.

My sentiments exactly. It is a very interesting place with some interesting hardware, sadly just rusting away outside not protected from the elements in any way. Did you notice that they have two entrance prices - the locals pay maybe a quarter of what us farangi are charged?

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
. Riga also strikes me as one of the most civilized places I’ve seen, and the city is very nice, well worth a visit, even if just for a couple of days.

Interesting, as Riga (and Tallinn as well) used to have a bit of a reputation as a party hot spot, very much favored by British stag and hen parties and just groups of guys looking to get horribly drunk (and possibly something else as well...). This of course brought all kinds of nasty side effects with it, like bars whose main purpose was to rip off all the customers, petty crime etc. The Riga authorities have been trying to calm this action down in various ways over the last few years, sounds like they have succeeded in it - kinda like what happened in Prague five to ten years ago...

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
head down to the extremely crowded round terminal (I hope those familiar with RIX will understand)

Oh, trust me I know  . I call it the "A-gates bunker" nowadays. I think Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg has a similar structure.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
. I don’t think that many people fly from Riga to Vilnius (I may be wrong).

As pure OD traffic you are quite right. These are mainly feeder flights to/from the greated BT network ex-RIX. Thus the first flight of the morning is usually quite empty as the last flight to VNO leaves just short of midnight and there really aren't any arrivals to RIX after that so most of the connecting pax have already flown there on the previous services. That's why you also get the cheapest fares on these flights. The return flight, on the other hand probably was much more packed as it feeds the mid-morning departure bank - I think there's an earlier flight at something past five operated by an overnighting plane which feeds the early-morning bank.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
LOT ERJ-145 and a sea of aircraft operating for AirBaltic:

Oh yes, last summer definitely was a bit special. There were so many interesting companies operating for BT for various periods of time: Carpatair, Sun Adria, Blue Line, IMD Airways... I managed to fly with all of them so yes, this picture brings back good memories...  
Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Naturally, when I got there I wasn’t overly impressed. It was much larger than Riga’s center, quite clean as well (the promenade along the river wasn’t that pretty and clean), but there didn’t seem to be much to do (at 8am?... no way!). So I walked around aimlessly and wasn’t that impressed. After a while I visited all I could find in the center, including the highlight, the Vilnius medieval castle. Other than that… Well it’s mostly churches all the way down to the train station. OK, but kinda boring at the same time... If there’s not much else.

Yep, this is pretty much how I feel about Vilnius as well. The old town is nice, but in half a day you've pretty much exhausted everything there is to it and as you mentioned the newer parts of the city aren't exactly pretty nor very interesting. Uzupis is of course an exception - a place which every visitor to Vilnius should visit too! And of course the old Lithuanian capital Trakai with its beautiful lakeside setting and old castles is just a short bus or train ride away, always good for a daytrip!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Here are a couple of pics of the city and castle:

The Gediminas Hill is a bit of a climb, but the nice views from that vantage point more than make up for it!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
Luckily, once I got to the terminal and ran to the gate. Boarding there was almost complete, so a further 5 minutes would’ve meant a missed flight for me.

No escort for you? Interesting, on all the times I've had such a short connection there's always been a personal escort (ok, not that kind of escort, even though they've always been the stunning blondes Latvia is so famous for!  ) waiting at the gate or arrivals making sure I make it to the gate ASAP.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
So, the flight was scheduled as a wingletted 737. The day before the flight, the seat map indicated a F50… So I got seat 9D. Then AirBaltic switched back to a 735 with winglets… Row 9 was in fact an exit row, and luckily the flight wasn’t full… so I switched to 9F.

Oh yeah, this is a common problem with the OLCI. It doesn't seem to deal too well with equipment changes, especially from certain outstations (ARN!).

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):

After a couple of nice days here, I took the ferry to Helsinki; when I arrived, the weather was just horrible (13C and drizzle),

Welcome to Finland!

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
The bad part? It seems I’ve managed to see all I was interested in, in just under 8 hours. My hypothesis: Helsinki is a very nice city to live (if you’ve got the money), but it’s not that interesting touristically.

Well, there's a bit more to it, but you need to venture further than the city center for those sights. But with that kind of weather I don't really blame you.

Quoting dc9northwest (Thread starter):
After landing in Riga, I went out to explore the city more, as seven hours is too much time to spend in Riga airport; the traffic is not that intense and I had seen most of the aircraft types hanging around RIX.

A small hint: Jurmala with its fabulous beaches and beautiful villas (the old ones, the ones built by the newly rich are not that nice) is not too far away from the airport (in fact if you sit on the right side during the approach to 18 you get excellent views of it) and makes for a perfect break between flights. Very much recommended, even though the Baltic waters are very cold even in the middle of the summer!


User currently offlineokay From Finland, joined Dec 2006, 669 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 10217 times:

Finland is not a Baltic state.


okAY


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 10094 times:

Quoting okay (Reply 4):

I'm aware. I just don't care much for long titles; furthermore, most of the trip focused on Riga.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
On my sole flight with RO (BRU-OTP on A318) a couple of years ago I was served one of the most disgusting airline meals I've ever had in my life. It was some kind of chicken in mystery sauce with potatoes - everything tasted horrible and I ditched it after two bites. I also found it weird that they didn't have any wine in economy - considering that Romania is quite a major wine producer! Even the beer they served (can't remember the brand) was horrible. And as icing on the cake they left our bags at BRU. Not very fond memories of TAROM for me...

I'm sorry to hear the meal was disgusting... I never expect too much nowadays, but that sounds horrible. Do you remember if the catering was done by a local BRU company or the typical Abela-Rocas (I think that was still it) brought from OTP? The wine part is strange, they were serving wine this time around, not sure of the quality.

I flew the same route in 2007... Don't remember the meal; I do remember some sort of important gov't figure making an ass of himself on the OTP-BRU flight though. That was my first A318 flight I believe.

Your bag experience sounds like my bag experiences with AF... Although they have about a 50% success rate for me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Did you notice that they have two entrance prices - the locals pay maybe a quarter of what us farangi are charged?

I'm not sure what locals were charged, but 5 Lati is a lot given the conditions. Still worth it for most a.netters though.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Interesting, as Riga (and Tallinn as well) used to have a bit of a reputation as a party hot spot, very much favored by British stag and hen parties and just groups of guys looking to get horribly drunk (and possibly something else as well...)

Yes, I've mentioned the British group leaving RIX about the same time as me... Anyway, despite that, Riga was almost immaculate. I suppose so was Helsinki, but I somehow expected that; Riga was the bigger surprise. When looking at these cities (Riga, Tallinn) I realize the bunch of bullshit some Romanians say about Romania--how communism set us back 20 years--Riga was under communism even longer--and they're doing fine (I know that economically they're not doing that well, but the city looks very nice, unlike ugly Bucharest).

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Oh yes, last summer definitely was a bit special. There were so many interesting companies operating for BT for various periods of time: Carpatair, Sun Adria, Blue Line, IMD Airways... I managed to fly with all of them so yes, this picture brings back good memories...

I think most of these airlines operated for BT because some sort of backlog in the Dash 8 deliveries for BT... I'm kinda glad the backlog happened as I could catch the F50, a much rarer type. There's certainly a distinct Fokker 50 smell, which I didn't notice on any other aircraft  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
The Gediminas Hill is a bit of a climb, but the nice views from that vantage point more than make up for it!

Well, I guess I cheated, since I took the funicular up to the castle; I walked downhill though... There's a nice small reddish river (I think this is Vilnius river) that made me feel like I'm somewhere on a trail in some hills, not in the middle of a capital city. Quite pleasant IMO.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
No escort for you? Interesting, on all the times I've had such a short connection there's always been a personal escort (ok, not that kind of escort, even though they've always been the stunning blondes Latvia is so famous for! ) waiting at the gate or arrivals making sure I make it to the gate ASAP.

I'm not sure... Maybe I just missed them somehow, although if the service is being offered, they should make sure the passenger at least knows about it. Anyway, I can't complain, since I made the flight  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Well, there's a bit more to it, but you need to venture further than the city center for those sights. But with that kind of weather I don't really blame you.

Ah, yes, I remember reading about attractions further away--but when I planned what I'd do in Helsinki, I didn't think I'd have the time to see everything I'd read about! Anyway, I think the fact that it was Saturday, the weather was miserable and that the streets were rather empty made it feel a bit less impressive than it actually is. Quite nice and calm though.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Welcome to Finland!

LOL! I think it was quite warm the other days during that week actually!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 2):
Quoting luv2fly (Reply 1):

Thanks for reading!


User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months ago) and read 10066 times:

Wonderful TR!!! I was in Riga and Tallinn this November, it was cooold and snowy, so its wonderful how nicely the cities look in summer! Thanks for that!

As you say, I striked me how clean those cities are. Did Riga reminded you of Paris architectonicaly speaking and Tallinn for Germany? The only "problem" I had in November is the fact, I was the only tourist in both cities, the centers were deserted, it was funny though, I am used to the inmense quantity of tourists in Prague and this was very unusual for me  

Glad you enjoyed your trip!

Cheers,
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6449 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 6):

Wonderful TR!!! I was in Riga and Tallinn this November, it was cooold and snowy, so its wonderful how nicely the cities look in summer! Thanks for that!

As you say, I striked me how clean those cities are. Did Riga reminded you of Paris architectonicaly speaking and Tallinn for Germany? The only "problem" I had in November is the fact, I was the only tourist in both cities, the centers were deserted, it was funny though, I am used to the inmense quantity of tourists in Prague and this was very unusual for me  

Glad you enjoyed your trip!

Cheers,
Adam

Hi Adam,

I'm sorry I missed your comment the first time around. I was looking through my old TRs and finally saw your comment. I know it's just the slightest bit late, but I'll answer anyway.

I would imagine visiting Riga and Tallinn in winter would have been a bit more dreary. I remember reading about a severe winter spell in Tallinn, with 60cm of snow, either a few months ago or last winter... and was thinking how that would change my opinion of the city.

Tallinn definitely reminded me of German cities--Riga was a bit more of a mixed bag, I suppose. I don't know if Paris is the first city I'd think of, though! Vilnius, on the other hand, reminded me of many cities I'd visited, depending on where I was (of course that makes some sense given its location).

Heh, yes, well that wasn't the case in summer--many many tourists about, it seemed, at least in the city center--and don't get me started about the number of tourist buses in Helsinki--particularly near the tuomiokirkko.

Thanks for commenting and sorry about the year it's taken me to reply!


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