Skip Stockholm, Visit Tallinn.  Estonia’s capital city boasts a fascinating melding of Russian and Scandinavian influences. The supremely walkable Tallinn is also home to one of the best-preserved medieval sectors of the Baltic region, thanks to its inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Skip Stockholm, Visit Tallinn. Estonia’s capital city boasts a fascinating melding of Russian and Scandinavian influences. The supremely walkable Tallinn is also home to one of the best-preserved medieval sectors of the Baltic region, thanks to its inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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"“White,” of course, is a a social designation. The question really is, “Why are northern Europeans depigmented?” Here is a map of human skin tone. The natives of northern Europe are oddly light-skinned. They are paler than anyone else on earth." Interesting investigation into the light-skinned/blue-eyed origins of the Baltic region

"“White,” of course, is a a social designation. The question really is, “Why are northern Europeans depigmented?” Here is a map of human skin tone. The natives of northern Europe are oddly light-skinned. They are paler than anyone else on earth." Interesting investigation into the light-skinned/blue-eyed origins of the Baltic region

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Love the embroidery on this blouse!  It looks like one of the regional embroidery styles from the Baltic region

Love the embroidery on this blouse! It looks like one of the regional embroidery styles from the Baltic region

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Aueskla means “star” in Lithuanian, and the Ausekla Zvaigzne (“star cross,” from the root Aust, dawn), or Star of Auseklis, is the emblem of the morning star in the Baltic region- the Latvian God Auseklis, as well as the Lithuanian goddess Ausrine, the daughter of the sun. The symbol is one of many ancient cosmological and magical symbols used in Eastern European folk art, and represents the god/goddess as the personification of the planet Venus.

Aueskla means “star” in Lithuanian, and the Ausekla Zvaigzne (“star cross,” from the root Aust, dawn), or Star of Auseklis, is the emblem of the morning star in the Baltic region- the Latvian God Auseklis, as well as the Lithuanian goddess Ausrine, the daughter of the sun. The symbol is one of many ancient cosmological and magical symbols used in Eastern European folk art, and represents the god/goddess as the personification of the planet Venus.

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Rostock Universität  - The University of Rostock, founded in 1419, is the oldest university in the Baltic region.

Rostock Universität - The University of Rostock, founded in 1419, is the oldest university in the Baltic region.

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Young Volodya Lukin talks to a Red Army soldier somewhere in the Baltic region in 1944. Volodya, whose parents were both drafted into the army and was thus left with no home, was exposed to winter cold and lost both of his feet to frostbite -- a little price to pay, according to the original propaganda caption, since his parents belonged to those who "drove the Germans back to Germany."

Young Volodya Lukin talks to a Red Army soldier somewhere in the Baltic region in 1944. Volodya, whose parents were both drafted into the army and was thus left with no home, was exposed to winter cold and lost both of his feet to frostbite -- a little price to pay, according to the original propaganda caption, since his parents belonged to those who "drove the Germans back to Germany."

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Swedish air force JAS-39 Gripen fighter taxis to the runway during the 17th Baltic Region Training Event at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, April 1, 2014.

Swedish air force JAS-39 Gripen fighter taxis to the runway during the 17th Baltic Region Training Event at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, April 1, 2014.

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Park of New Sigulda - Castle Sigulda - Latvia - Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia , is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Estonia, to the south by Lithuania , to the east by the Russian Federation

Park of New Sigulda - Castle Sigulda - Latvia - Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia , is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Estonia, to the south by Lithuania , to the east by the Russian Federation

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Amber jewellery was much favoured by the Vikings, and it was also made in workshops at Jorvik. The natural material, which is fossilized wood resin, ranges in colour from yellow to deep orange, and can be transparent or completely opaque, so it provides a wide range of colours and finishes from which to choose. Imported from the Baltic region, it was made into wedge-shaped pendants, globular beads, and finger-rings.

Amber jewellery was much favoured by the Vikings, and it was also made in workshops at Jorvik. The natural material, which is fossilized wood resin, ranges in colour from yellow to deep orange, and can be transparent or completely opaque, so it provides a wide range of colours and finishes from which to choose. Imported from the Baltic region, it was made into wedge-shaped pendants, globular beads, and finger-rings.

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