Kerry Kubilius

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Rokiskis: Painted Shutters, Manors, and Cheese

The northern Lithuanian city of Rokiskis and the surrounding region are lovely stopovers during your exploration of Lithuania or on your way to Latvia from Lithuania. This town and its surroundings offer pretty manor houses and parks, expansive boulevards, and an unusual tradition of painted shutters. Let’s dive in to what Rokiskis, Lithuania, has to …

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view of a river and town from the porch of a building

Ziezmariai: A Small Town with a Big Synagogue

If you’re considering easy day trips from Vilnius, you may want to dedicate a couple of hours to Zeizmariai. This quintessential Lithuanian town is thick with history, including Jewish history, and is not often visited by tourists. However, here, you’ll find a synagogue being restored, traditional wooden houses, a cultural center, and the market square. …

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Christmas tree and Old Town Square Riga at night

Christmas in Latvia: Traditions and Beliefs

Christmas trees, Christmas markets, and family gatherings—Christmas in Latvia is a bright, cheerful time of year, both in public and in the privacy of the home. Let’s discover what makes Christmas in Latvia special and how Latvians celebrate Christmas. Table of Contents Celebration of the Winter Solstice The First Christmas Tree Latvian Christmas Decorations The …

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Sunny street in histori center of Tallinn, Estonia

13 Best Things to Do in Estonia: Guide to Sights and Activities

Are you looking for things to do in Estonia as you plan your travel in the Baltic countries? This guide to sights and activities in Estonia will help you plan your itinerary. Make the most of your exploration of this Northern European country on the Baltic Sea. Table of Contents Tallinn Tartu Seaside Resorts and …

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Riga Castle seen from the river

12 Best Things to Do in Latvia: Guide to Sights and Activities

Are you looking for things to do in Latvia as you plan your travel in the Baltic countries? This guide to activities, sights, and experiences will help you discover the best of Latvia.   Table of Contents Riga Coastal Cities and Beaches Castles Rundale Palace Soviet Sites Forest, Bogs, and Other Natural Attractions Latvian Cities …

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Guide to the Best Souvenirs from Poland – Polish-made Products to Buy

When you visit Poland, you may be overwhelmed with your options for what to buy. The country, after all, produces many high-quality, unique, useful, and beautiful Polish-made products. As a result, if you’re looking to bypass the tchotchkes, you’re sure to find something special that ticks all your requirements. And while a list of the …

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Trakai Castle, one of the best things to do in Lithuania

16 Best Things to Do in Lithuania: Guide to Sights and Activities

Planning a trip and looking for things to do in Lithuania? This guide for things to do in Lithuania suggests sights and activities that will appeal to a variety of interests. They include Lithuania’s most popular landmarks and attractions, off-the-beaten-path recommendations, and suggestions for culture hounds, history buffs, and nature lovers. Let’s see what the …

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A bucket painted with flowers in front of a house

Folk Art from Poland: Discover Polish Traditional Crafts

The world of Polish traditional crafts is colorful, culturally meaningful, and reflects regional aesthetics. It also has strong ties to traditional folk life and Polish identity. Those who begin to explore the world of folk art from Poland find striking floral designs, bold hues, delicate patterns, symbolic imagery, and the perpetuation of traditional techniques passed …

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