Riga, Latvia

Riga, Riga, Riga. What can we say? We went to Riga wanting to like it. Everything that we had heard was wonderful. Everyone we had talked to about it gave it rave reviews.  And yes, it is a very beautiful place, with several similarities to our hometown of Christchurch. Around the old town there's a... Continue Reading →

Vilnius, Lithuania

After our very brief day in Kaunas, we headed to the capital of Lithuania: Vilnius. We had 4 days there, which would prove to be ample. We had also booked a rather swish hotel so we could have a bit of comparative luxury after having cheap hotels for the past week.  Vilnius had a very... Continue Reading →

Kaunas, Lithuania

We were always a bit concerned about how we would get from Warsaw to Kaunas. Up until recently the only option appeared to be a bus that took 300,000,000 years, and cost you your soul, worldly possessions, and sanity. Lucky for us there was a brand new train. So new in fact that from Bialystok... Continue Reading →

Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw. We weren't sure if there was a saw, but we did know that it was affected by a war. But not a war that we saw. We also didn't see a saw, or use a seesaw. .... Ahem, so anyway... We had 3 days in Poland's biggest city, and after the previous places we... Continue Reading →

Torun, Poland

Other than the fact that we could spell the name of the town, we really didn't know a lot about Torun. However we needed a small town after several days in big cities/towns, and it fit the bill nicely. The old walled town sits on the bank of the Vistula River. There are yet again... Continue Reading →

Gdansk, Poland

Admittedly, the only thing we had known about Gdansk before this trip was that people had travelled from there to Craggy Island to see the film The Passion of St. Tibulus. But after some research, it had sounded like a nice place with a nice old town, river, and a nearby castle. (However, the film... Continue Reading →

Krakow, Poland

Krakow was the first stop in our 13 days in Poland. Will hadn't been looking forward to Poland, not for any specific reason - rather he hadn't heard anything about it. On the other hand, it was one of the places that Sam had looked forward to the most. So we arrived with somewhat mixed... Continue Reading →

Olomouc, Czech Republic

After our mini break from travel in Cesky Krumlov, we felt energised and ready to get going. We arrived in Olomouc in the afternoon, and quickly set about exploring the town and giving our legs, feet, and eyes something to do/see for the first time in a few days. The old town is split into... Continue Reading →

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, along with Budapest, is one of the cities that we had heard the most about - and also heard how amazing, beautiful, and popular it is. We had planned for 5 days there, however that ended up being cut back to 3 (as we will write about in the next post). The first afternoon... Continue Reading →

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