The contract for my new job is just a temporary one, and ends shortly after Christmas. This means that come January I'll be unemployed. Being unemployed in January, and moping at home seems like a total waste of mine, and everyone involved's time. Therefore I've decided to do the obvious thing; whilst I'm in the area, I'll travel!
|Helsinki Cathedral. Source|
My plan is, should I be able to, fly from my new home town, Enontekio, down to Helsinki and spend a day or two exploring the city. I'd definitely like to visit the Kotiharjun Sauna for a massage and to generally relax. As well as that I'd like to drop into the Temppeliaukion Kirkko- perhaps I'll be able to catch a concert or something whilst I'm visiting.
From there I'd like to travel to Tallinn, Estonia. I had thought about getting the ferry across (and if anyone has experience of this, I'd love to hear from you) but with it being December/ January time I have doubted myself, and wonder if it would be better to book a flight across? In case of problems with the weather and the such like?
|Tallinn, Estonia. Source|
Tallinn is a city which remains loyal to it's fairytale charms, with castles, and cathedrals to visit. Places I'd like to see include the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, as well as the Town Hall, which boasts views across the city if you climb the 115 steps to the top. I've also heard about a place called Gloria's Wine Cellar, which is touted as Narnia for grown ups! Definitely somewhere worth checking out.
|Riga, Latvia. Source|
My next stop would be Riga, Latvia. Another fairytale style city with art noveau architecture everywhere including nightmare inducing gargoyles, and praying Goddesses. Riga boasts a castle, the gorgeous old Gothic style St Peter's Lutheran church. As well as that it's worth seeing the Freedom Monument which was, surprisingly, never knocked down during the Soviet reign. Separated by the city canal into Old and Central Riga, the canal is in fact the city's old moat. Along the banks of the canal lies Bastion Hill, its the last remnant of Riga's sand bulwark fortifications.
|Vilnius, Lithuania. Source|
Depending on time, perhaps my last stop through the Baltic's will be Vilnius, Lithuania. Home to the largest baroque old town in Europe, Vilnius is on the UNESCO world heritage list. The skyline is full of Catholic and Orthodox church steeples, and the streets crumbling corners and cobblestone alleys. So packed with delights on every corner, definitely a city I'm looking forward to visiting
|Warsaw in the snow, Poland. Source|
Lastly, should I have time, I want to visit Warsaw, Poland for a couple of days. Having fallen in love with Poland when I visited in summer 2013, Warsaw is definitely on my list of cities to visit. I'd love to wander along the old town square, visit the beautiful castles. Perhaps make a milk bar my new home, and definitely get some Pierogi in my belly.
|All of the Pierogi from my trip to Krakow|
What do you think of this itinerary? Have you undertaken a trip like this before?
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