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If you are planning a trip to one of the world's greatest cities Madrid, Spain you have to visit the world's oldest restarurant Sobrino de Botin

Located in the heart of Madrid, Sobrino de Botin is certified as the oldest in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. Botin is a typical Spanish four floors (including the cellar) restaurant, with a centuries old woodfire oven, dating back to 1725. The house specialties are cochinillo asado (succulent roast suckling pig with crispy skin) and cordero asado (roast lamb), cooked following old style Castilian recipes.

Travel Tip: Modern Museum of Budapest

Budapest is the kind of European city with both a rich cultural history and a thriving modern art scene. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the entire region, its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, the Andrássy Avenue, Heroes' Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. That's not mentioning the more than 80 geothermal springs and the #1 bar scene in Europe. 

One place we want to recommend is the Mucsarnok and its institutions. Here's the museum's history from their website:

The Műcsarnok (“art hall”) was founded in 1877 on the initiative of the Hungarian National Fine Arts Association. The original building was situated at 69–71 Andrássy Street, now home to the University of Fine Arts. The exhibition hall on Heroes’ Square was erected in 1896 for the millennium celebrations, and was designed by Albert Schikedanz. Today the hall operates on the pattern of the German Kunsthalle: it is an institution run by artists that does not maintain its own collection. The three-bayed, semi-circular apse houses a roofed exhibition hall that allows in light through the roof. Since the building was renovated in 1995 the Műcsarnok has welcomed visitors and leading Hungarian and international contemporary artists alike, mediating and representing modern artistic tendencies whilst not maintaining its own permanent collection. 

To plan this trip (and any others!) contact us at Travel Expressions! 

Edinburgh is one of the those cities that leaves you wanting more!!

But if you only plan on visting once and are facing a time crunch, don't miss the below 5 attractions.

1. Edinburgh Castle - Need I say more this imposing castle sits on an extinct volcano mound offer looking  the city and provides one with a view fit for royalty.

2. Palace of Holyrood House - This 12th century Palace and former residence of Mary, Queen of Scots is a must see for all.

3. National Gallery of Scotland - The National Gallery of Scotland is nestled in the heart of Edinburgh and includes works of art from Monet, Titian, Raphael and Rembrandt

4. Arthurs Seat - The tallest of the seven hills that form Holyrood park , Arthurs seat overlooks the entire city of Edinburgh ,and provides it's vistors with stunning views as well as a pleasant escape from the city below.

5. Royal Mile - This is where the action is. This one mile long strip is Edinburgh's busiest collection of streets and  the hub of daytime and nightime activities.

If you have not yet been to Edinburgh but it's on your list, don't think or worry - just pack!!! At Travel Expressions we will take care of the details.

 

This country is incredibly underrated - being off the typical travel radar though means that you can visit and have an entirely unique experience, without having to wait on long lines or deal with huge crowds. The city is rich in culture and history and offers beautiful landscapes. 

Check out this incredible video by Bitlas for some inspiration. Here's the video's description:

"More than 50 flights using various aircrafts, tens of thousands of travelled kilometers and shots taken have become a big format photo album "Unseen Lithuania". From Vilnius Old Town to the Dunes of Neringa, from Raigardas valley to the meanders of Musa river..."

 

When you're ready to travel, contact the specialists at Travel Expressions!

Vienna is the very lovely capital and primary city of Austria, as well as its cultural, economic and political centre. The city centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and apart from being regarded as the City of Music, it's also known as "The City of Dreams" because it was home to the world's first psycho-analyst, Sigmund Freud. 

Indeed this city is a powerhouse of history, culture and modernity - there is so much for the passionate traveler to do and see - here's where to begin!

St. Charles's Church, Vienna

1.  Visit Schonbrunn Palace.

This amazing Palace has been a tourist attraction since the mid-1800s, and with its 1200 lavishly decorated rooms it continues to be a must see for all visitors.

2. Indulge in a Viennese Coffee.

Vienna is famous for its many coffee houses, and indeed the coffee and pastries are to die for.

3. The Vienna Zoo.

From Pandas to Bison the Vienna Zoo is a great, family-friendly attraction to check out.

4. Take a Stroll in Stadtpark.

Home to the Johann Strauss who composed the “Blue Danube," the park is a great way escape the hustle and bustle of Vienna for a peaceful afternoon. Have a picnic!

5. Visit Prater.

This incredible theme park has enough attractions to keep you busy for the whole day. It features one of the world’s finest Ferris wheels, as well as tubulent roller coasters, spooky ghost trains and attractions for all sorts of the youngest.

6. Visit the Jewish Museum.

The 10 year old museum has an amazing collection of exhibits and will provide you with a great background of the Viennese Jews.

7. Tour St. Stephens Cathedral.

Built in the 12th century the Cathedral has survived both a fire in 1258 and extensive damage during World War 2. It is one of the best representations of gothic architecture in all of Europe and is a focal point of Vienna’s downtown centre.

8. Shop on Mariahilferstrasse.

This is the trendiest shopping area in Vienna full with department stores and small boutiques.

9. Attend an opera or music concert.

Music is the beating heart of this city and there are an array of options to choose from, like the Vienna Boy’s Choir and the State Opera House.

10. Take in a performance of the Lipizzaner stallions.

There are two options to choose from you can grab a ticket for the full performance or witness the morning training sessions.

 

When you're ready to book, just contact us at Travel Expressions! We know exactly what it takes to get you on the trip of your dreams!

Traveling with your kids can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to prepare for a trip to help it run smoothly.

Sonya of SeekingGreener.com posted her top 10 family travel tips that are pretty helpful, like to "pack a fun bag for each child," and "create a memory box with souvenirs."

From my experience, the more engaged and involved kids are the better they will be throughout the vacation. Let them in a little on the planning process. Talk up your destination and look at pictures together before you go. While you're traveling, let your kids pick out the restaurant for lunch one day or make other decisions that help them feel included. 

And the easiest way to make your next trip with the kids run smoothly?

Book with Travel Expressions. Our expert travel consultants can make even the most complicated of trips a snap. 

I wanted to share this amazing timelapse video by Aaron Mendez of Ahwahnee Films, an incredible look at his experience in luxury, culture and adventure.

As Jessica Festa of Gadling.com writes, "luxury travelers will enjoy seeing the pristine beaches, buzzing nightlife, and high rise buildings of the city, while the adventure-enthusiasts can witness off-roading, sandboarding, and came riding into the desert."

Not to mention dancing and hookah bars!

Shot on 5D mkll with 24-70mm and 70-200mm. Motion timelapses were done using a Kessler Pocket dolly with Basic controller.

Music (I love this song!): "Midnight City" by M83. 

You'd be hard pressed to find a traveller without a camera. Whether it's a new adventure or a much-needed vacation, most of us like to preserve these special times with our family and friends by taking a few pictures to keep as momentos. 

As we go through them back at home, the ones that we want to display and share are the stand-outs - you know which ones. That sunset you captured in all of its colors; that quick moment in the market you snapped just in time; smiley family shots without red eye or blur. 

Wouldn't it be great if all our photos were like that?

The thing is, it's easy to use a camera, but it takes a little skill and know-how to be great at it. 

Check out this article by MalloryOnTravel.com: Understanding Your Camera - Take Great Images not just Snaps. This is a really comprehensive but easy-to-read guide that covers everything from choosing the right tools to explaining the different modes/functions of the camera. Check it out!

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When you come back from your trip, show off your pics on our website! Our Photo feature makes sharing your travel photos a snap ... and we LOVE to see them!

Vilnius is one of the most underrated European capitals. Not only is this city rich in culture and history, but its gorgeous sites, delicious food

It's also very accessible to tourists. As Katie of KatieGoingGlobal.com pointed out from her trip to Vilnius, 

 

"I have to say that the overall infrastructure for tourists in Vilnius really impressed me. Numerous office locations equipped with English-speaking personnel meant you never had to go far if you had a question. Each location provided a plethora of brochures and information in multiple languages, including a 100-page Visitor’s Guide and a series of specialized guides and walking routes relating to themes such asRussian Heritage in Vilnius, Jewish Heritage in Vilnius and Along the Road to Lithuanian Statehood. Signs throughout the Old Town also helped to point you in the right direction."

During her trip, she acquired a 72-hour Vilnius City Card and took advantage of the many sightseeing opportunities that it offers, like touring the entire city with an audio guide and visiting several museums. 

Definitely check out her full write up, Vilnius in 72 Hours, for more information and inspiration. 

And when you're ready to book that trip, contact one of our expert travel consultants to make it happen!

 

New Online Travel Resource: Where Should I Go On Holiday

Greetings, Travellers! We wanted to share this online resource we came across - an interactive graphic map that lets you know where it's hot and when in major European cities by their climate. Perfect for planning your trip this 2012!

According to an article by TravelingGreener.com,

"BBC Weather and the MET office, the UK's national weather service, are the sources of the climate data on 70+ cities and 36 countries in Europe. Map users hold their mouse over a city destination and find out monthly temperatures, hours of sunlight, rainfall and humidity levels."

Click here for the map

 

Happy New Year from all of us at Travel Expressions!

For most of us, the holidays mean BUSY. Cutting a few corners is about surivival - sure you might've brought store-bought cake to the work party but you used the extra time to pack for your trip. 

But how far does that go?

Airports have long peddled souvenirs and merchandise, great for gifts or bored travelers killing time. Nowadays many airports are eqiupped with everything from a spa to an electronics store. But is this where you can buy gifts? 

Jaunted.com author JetSetCD says yes. It's Okay To Shop for Holiday Gifts in Airport Vending Machines explores this new world of quick and easy gift shopping. Check out the full article! and let us know what you think!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Travel Expressions!

Brussels is truly one of Europe's gems. There is so much to see, do and eat in this very cosmopolitan, capital city. 

Contact Travel Expressions to plan your next trip!

Make sure to dine at this favorite restaurant in Budapest, with authentic Hungarian cuisine including a romantic, 3 course folklore dinner. Experience Hungarian culture without any of the "touristy feel." There is an extensive wine list featuring some of Hungary's best, and a delicious menu of Hungarian gastronomy.

Located in the beautiful and historical Castle District, you can come here for amazing food in an elegant, informal atmosphere, set to the music by one of the best Hungarian Gypsy bands. 

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Munich is one of the world's greatest cities! Check out these lunch spots and make your lunch an experience you will not soon forget.

Alpentraum

This restaurant puts a modern twist on traditional alpine cuisine. Try out the comfort food here: Beef and scallops with a hint of vanilla; calf’s head served with potato and chive dressing - MMMmm good.

Hoftbrauhaus

You knew it would be on this list somewhere, but really does it get better than this? Grab a seat at a century old table in the Die Schwemme and enjoy the schnitzel and beer.

Schelling Salon

Famous for entertaining some of the most influential people in modern history including Lenin and Adolf Hitler. Try the Kasespatzle Germany’s version of Mac and Cheese.

Prinz Myshkin

Vegetarian? This is the perfect spot for you. You will find Asian fare, amazing pizza and pasta options, and some of the best Indian food in the alpine region.

Cosmo Grill

Get your burger fix here. The organic ingrediants mixed with the healthy portions make the Cosmo grill a must for the burger lover!

A somewhat anomalous swatch of green space along the Strip, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are a spectacular display of nature amidst the dry desert of Las Vegas. They will be one of the highlights of your trip!

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On display 24 hours a day every day of the year, the Gardens are a free display that are re-imagined and created anew 5 times a year (fall, winter, Chinese New Year, spring & summer).

Each seasons brings in new bright and beautiful flowers, towering structures and unique designs. Go in and breathe the fresh, fragrant air and enjoy the breathtaking and imaginative works of art.

Visit early in the morning for the least amount of crowds. This is a great place to bring your kids.

Why not do something different this year and visit Vegas for the holidays! We can plan and book your trip according to your budget and interests. Just contact us for more information!

More information on the Bellagio Website

Address: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S 
Tel:             (702) 650-9459      

 

For a unique and authentic culinary experience consider Thailand's original Food Tours. Explore the city's tastiest neighborhoods, try different delicious Thai cuisine and learn about Thai culture and local history. Fun for all ages!

The company offers a variety of tour options: Historic Bangrak Food Tour, Chinatown Foodie Walk, Bangkok Bites & Bike Tour, and a Private Group Food Tour. All are fairly priced and well-reviewed

Check out their website for more information!

And contact us to help you on your way to this magical city!

Check out this video: Traveling by Train in Europe with Sarah Sathmari, an experience travel guide in Hungary and greater Europe. (Filmmaker: Paul Volniansky)

From the video:

"When booking a train ticket from Prague to Vienna, log on to the Internet for rates and schedules to reserve a seat for the five-hour journey. Take something to read and travel to Vienna, a lovely Baroque city, with tips from an experience travel guide in this free video on travel."

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Want to make that train trip but still a little confused? Need help finding the best rates? Contact us for more info on how to make your trip stress-free. 

See the city in an entirely unique and extraordinary way. Take a Hot Air Balloon Tour over the capital, or experience a number of other sights offered by this company in Lithuania.

One of the most popular tours is the Flight over Vilnius, the capital and one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The Vilnius Old Town was in fact added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994 for its historical value and originality. The company takes off from several sites, depending on the daily wind direction, but they will pick you up from any hotel in Vilnius and bring you back afterwards.

Price: 399 Lt or 119 Euro or about $117 USD. Comes with a first flight certificate, champagne, passengers’ retrieval and insurance, in addition to the tour.

Other tours include a flight over historic Trakai, a popular lake resort; Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania; the exclusive port at Klaipėda and Palanga resort; and much more. There are even Romantic Flights and opportunities for Corporate Events.

Address: Upės str. 5, LT-09308 Vilnius, Lithuania 
Tel:             +370 5 273 27 03       
Email: info@ballooning.lt

Bonus!

Our expert consulants can plan the perfect trip for you to Vilnius - or anywhere else in the world! Contact us for more info. 

 

The Avala Mountain in Belgrade, Serbia is a historical site that's draped with beautiful trees and wildlife, an amazing destination in this area. The word Avala is derived from tyhe Arabic word "havala," which means "beautiful view."

Mountain Avala is just 511 meters high and is covered by evergreen forests and other trees. The wildlife that surrounds Mount Avala has been a protected natural zone since 1859 for the rich animal variety and unique plants that grow there. 

At the top of the mountain is the Unknown Soldier Monument that's dedicated to the soldiers who fought in World War I. The mountain is connected to roads, highways and railways, making it easy to get to.

Near the top of the mountain is the Avala Hotel, Mitrovicev Dom lodge and the Carapicev brest students' rest home. This area is perfect for picnics, sightseeing and enjoying nature!

Do You Want To Go Here?

Contact any one of our experienced travel consultants to help you plan the perfect trip to Belgrade. 

Valmiera is the largest town of the historical Vidzeme region of northern Latvia, and while certainly off the beaten tourist track, the city's many outdoor activities and cultural attractions, particularly the Valmiera Theatre, make this economically developing city a unique center for culture.

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The Valmiera Theatre - Valmieras teātris - was built in 1885 as an active amateur theatre by the Valmiera Association of Latvians, and by 1919 became a professional, traveling theatre with regular shows and a steady audience. Today the theatre is among Latvia’s finest, a regular prize-winner at the annual Latvian theatre contest, and globally the theatre has been increasingly recognized as a center for the performing arts.

Seating inside is intimate. The building also houses a small café, and there is access for disabled people.

The Theatre offers behind-the-scenes tours, meetings with popular actors, shopping at the theatre boutique and an opportunity to enjoy coffee in the pleasant café atmosphere.

Tickets are available at the theatre box-office or here.

Here is some more information about the theatre by the Official Latvia Tourism Portal.

In addition, in the city you can ice-fish at the Gauja River, visit the Valmiera history museum, or check out the Olympic centre where athletes train for a variety of different sports, including basketball, football, running and ice-hockey. Pending the weather (winter is extremely cold) there are a variety of sightseeing and outdoor activities.

Here is the website for the Valmiera Tourism Information Centre, where English is spoken and maps, guides, souvenirs, books and free internet access are available.

If this sounds like a trip you'd like to take, let us help plan and book your accomodations. Our Consultants have a unique expertise in travel to Eastern Europe and we can make this your best trip yet. 

by Csaba Tamas with Yellow Zebra, uploaded on expertvillage

From the video’s description:

Downtown Budapest is brimming with popular tourist destinations and, of course, plenty of eateries that will give you a taste for the culture and area. Gain some tips on where to eat in Downtown Budapest in this free video series.

Expert: Csaba Tamas Bio: Csaba Tamas is an experienced travel guide working for Yellow Zebra / Absolute Tours company that is offering walking, bike and segway tours to explore the city of Budapest. Filmmaker: Paul (Leopold) Volniansky

"Kossuth Lajos Ter Metro Station in Budapest." Uploaded by expertvillage

From the video’s description:

Metro tips for Budapest. Get around by train and metro in Budapest, Hungary! Learn how to get around at Lajos Kossuth Square in this free travel video.

Expert: Dante Mena Bio: Dante Mena is a writer who resides in Budapest, Hungary. Filmmaker: Paul Volniansky

 
 

Bonjour!

Europe isn't as well-known for it's street eats as some other regions, but there is a ton of variety of traditional anf fusion flavors that you just have to try. 

Here are the street cart smarts you need to navigate through the mixed and marvelous world of European street cuisine. 

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Picnic 
One of the most fun parts about Europe is the many squares, plazas, fountains, parks and other public spaces available that are perfect for setting up a picnic.

Oftentimes there are street vendors stationed nearby; especially in more urbanized areas street vendors continue to be a popular local snack or meal that you can find almost anywhere.

Set up with some chow to people-watch and chat with friends, or add a cheap bottle of wine and you have budget-friendly romantic date.

Farmers’ Markets 
This is one of the best places to find fresh produce, baked goods, drinks and snacks. European produce is high in quality, and since many people do their shopping out of Farmers’ Markets, you’ll have a large selection to choose from.

Throughout Europe you can find Farmers’ Markets that sell pre-maid snacks and meals for discount prices. Ask around locally where you can find them.

Turkish Influences 
Particularly in Germany, the Netherlands, and France, a wave of immigration from Turkey and other countries in the Middle East has brought about an influx of delicious, rich flavors, now a staple in the street cart world.

In Berlin especially, Turks make up the majority of the immigrant population, meaning a plethora of fresh Turkish cuisine to enjoy.

Try the infamous döner, which is kebab meat with yoghurt sauce and fresh greens served in a flatbread like a sandwich. According to local legend it was invented in the 1970s by a business-minded Turkish immigrant at Kottbusser Tor.

Falafel is another popular import. In Amsterdam if you’re looking for a cheap, fresh snack, head over to the Amsterdam Central Station for the little falafel cart outside. For more about falafel in Amsterdam, check out this article.

Drink 
In Italy you can easily find a street-side café or Espresso bar for a quick, pick-me-up espresso.

For places like Prague and Berlin, lift your spirits with some wonderful mulled wine. In Berlin, you can find Glühwein, a hot spiced red wine, usually prepared with cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, orange peel and sugar. Sometimes fruit wines, like blueberry and cherry wine, are used instead of grape wine. For an extra kick order it mit rum(with a shot of rum). Glühwein is über popular in Berlin, especially during Christmastime.

In Prague, between the art and craft stands at the Christmas Market in Old Town serves up the most warm and wonderful mulled wine. It’s strong and sweet and unlike anything you’ve ever tried.

Sweets 
Ich bin ein Berliner! Seriously though, if you’re in Berlin, don’t miss out on thepfannkichen, a type of doughnut filled with jam.

In Italy, it’s a gelato dream. In major cities you can find small, bodega-like establishments on pretty much every block. For a few Euros you can cool off with a few scoops of gelato. Stick to places that sell only gelato though. One good rule of thumb for food carts is the fewer the options the better the quality.

If you’re traveling to Belgium, you have to try the waffles. Squeezed between the incredible art and architecture in Brussels are dozens of small stands serving up fresh waffles, covered in fruit, chocolate and whipped cream.

In Paris and other areas of France, crepes are where it’s at. For dessert have one spread with confiture de ait or with salted butter and honey. Or if you’re me, lots and lots of nutella. Crêperies are available on almost every street corner and in addition to dessert-style, you can find Arab versions with feta cheese, spinach, olives and sausage or with grated gruyère cheese, and a softly-fried egg.

Here’s Where to Get the Best Crepes in Paris.

Fried Cheese 
Just stop and think about how good that sounds. One of the most popular and traditional of Czech street foods is syr smazeny, which is breaded and fried cheese, usually of the Edam, Gouda or Swiss variety. It typically comes with tatarska omacka (tartar sauce), along with fried potatoes, and salad or bread.

You can find this treat in Bulgaria too, except it’s made with kashkaval cheese.

Top Picks 
Europe is tricky because it’s a region that encompasses 50 different countries. There are a few top hits though, so we’ll try to point them out (let us know what we missed!)

England is famous for fish n’ chips, seasoned with vinegar and salt served on a paper plate piled high with chips (“french fries”).

Across the Balkans you’ll find the most delicious, hand-formed sausages also known ascevapi or cevaps, served on lepinje, a type of flat bread. On the Dalmatian coast in Croatia, it’s fried seafood and seafood salads, such as lignje na salatu (squid salad).

In Athens, it’s the gyros; Germany has sausage with bread, wurst, kartoffein, and struedel; Bury Market in England serves up the best blackpudding; and Stockholm has cheap knäckis, a sandwich of fried herring, topped with cucumbers and red onions, and served on hard bread.

Speaking of herring, don’t go to Amsterdam without trying the “nieuwe” herring, salted and served on a paper plate with onions and gherkin (pickles). Eat with a toothpick and enjoy the surprisingly mild, savory taste.

More Resources 
Here’s a good, more specialized guide to Eastern European Street Food

Huffpost Travel: The 8 Tastiest Street Foods in Europe

Uzupis is a district situated on a hill along the Vilnele river. A kind of blending of town and village, on April 1, 1997 its inhabitants "officially" declared the area to be an independent republic, with its own president, flag, and constitution. This cheeky behavior is indicative of the district which is largely populated by Vilnius's Bohemian scene. It also is home to some pretty remarkable historic sights of its own, plus spectacular views of the city. This is the perfect neighborhood to get away from the city and walk around and explore.

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Once home to craftsmen, weavers, and tradesmen, during the Soviet period the district was re-inhabited by artists, poets, musicians and squatters, many of whom have helped to restore the houses and set up galleries. While some of the area seems run-down there is a great richness of culture and offbeat beauty to see here. The architecture resembles the Old Town and the streets are lined with lovely old wooden houses. Locals refer to the area as “Montmartre” for its Bohemian free-spiritedness.

There are yearly festivals of alternative art and fashion. On April Fools day mock border guards stamp passports and the entire area, or Republic, erupts into a party.

Check out the “Border Sign” and Constitution Plaque, found on a wall in central Uzupis just around the corner of the statue of the angel. Articles are written in Lithuanian, English and French. It seems serious at first but upon further inspection you’ll see it’s also fun. Here are some of the statements of Uzupis’ constitution: 

  1. Everybody has the right to live by the River Vilnele and the River Vilnele has the right to flow by everyone. 
  2. Everyone has the right to die, but this is not an obligation. 
  3. Everyone has the right to love and take care of the cat. 

 

Here is the full Constitution translated into English.

Some of Uzupis’ other sites include St. Ann’s Church, one of the most beautiful churches in Vilnius and in Lithuania. Small in size but an incredible example of Gothic architecture. Another is Bernadine’s cemetery, one of the three oldest in the city, which dates to the 18th century and has over 14,000 burial sites.

Be sure to check out the Old Yards of Uzupis and the Banks of the River Vilnele. Make a trip to the Bartholomew Church, not so much of a stunner but perfect for spectacular views of the city. The Vilnius panoramas from Uzupis are marvelous in general. A must-see site is the Angel of Uzupis Statue. An 8m tall statue of an angel blowing a trumpet and standing on an egg.

Adding to the charm, the district also has a somewhat unexplainable but seemingly genuine fascination of and devotion to Frank Zappa.

For those who want a break from the noisy, touristy Old Town and want some a more relaxed, creative and humorous scene, take a trip Uzupis. A former major of Vilnius, Artūras Zuokas, even lives in Užupis and frequently takes part in the Republic’s events.

Interested? Let us help you plan a trip!

The Holy Birgitta Monastery, also known as the Pirita convent, is a consecrated place for Scandinavian female saints and a national landmark of 16th century catacombs and ruins. The convent is a solemn but beautiful and introspective holy space, self-defined as ecumenical, perfect for visitors seeking quietude and contemplation.

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The St. Bridget’s Convent in Tallinn convent has a deep history dating back 500 years. The convent and guesthouse are situated only 7km from medieval old town, just a few hundred meters from the sandy beach of the Baltic Sea, easily accessible to the town center by public transport. They are also connected by a scenic walking road built along the sea, with views to the old town and the Tallinn bay.

The convent ruins are part of a picturesque park, with a museum opened year around. Regular admission is only 2 Euros.

During the summers the convent hosts many concerts and cultural activities within the church. Every August a week-long Birgitta festival with operas and various concerts takes place within the walls of the old church, peaking with Convent Day on August 15. The day includes concerts, activities and events for children and adults, all free of charge.

The Bridgettine sisters have a long standing tradition of offering lodgings and welcoming guests at their convent’s guesthouses. Though they are a Catholic order, all religious backgrounds are welcome. The modern guesthouse of the convent is located just next to the medieval ruins of the majestic Bridgettine convent.

Prices for rooms per single, double, triple or 4 persons are respectively 34, 47, 62, 80 Euros ($49, $67, $89, $114 USD). Payment should be made in cash. Price includes breakfast and parking; lunch and dinner are available upon request. Every room has a separate shower, Internet connection, phone. All guests have access to the multi-lingual library, computer facilities, conference room and TV-room.

The money earned from the guesthouse goes towards various social projects.

Address: Merivälja tee 18, TALLINN 11911 
Location: Pirita beach area, 5km from the city center 
Tel:             +372 605 5000      

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