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Old November 10th, 2009, 11:45 PM   #121
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Exactly. We didn't torn down our medieval walls because there was no need for expansion. Tallinn begun to develop again after 1870 when the railway from Tallinn to St.Petersburg was built.

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Old November 11th, 2009, 10:36 AM   #122
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So it's somewhat the same story as Bruges in Belgium. During centuries of economic recession it became rather intact untill the revival in the 19th century when it became a touristic hotspot.
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Old November 11th, 2009, 08:08 PM   #123
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More Tartu:

The Toomemńgi or Cathedral Hill with the ru´ns of Tartu Cathedral.

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Old November 12th, 2009, 05:42 PM   #124
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The former KGB-Headquarter, the 'Grey House'.

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Old November 12th, 2009, 11:34 PM   #125
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It really saddens me how run-down some towns in Estonia are . And to think that Russia wants US to apologize for something. Really disrespectful
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Old November 13th, 2009, 12:59 AM   #126
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It really saddens me how run-down some towns in Estonia are . And to think that Russia wants US to apologize for something. Really disrespectful
Russia's leaders just wants outer enemies to play this card in inner politics.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 09:10 AM   #127
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Russia's leaders just wants outer enemies to play this card in inner politics.
Consider Baltic approach (especially in Estonia and Latvia) towards Russia, I wouldn't say Russia has enemies at all.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 03:41 PM   #128
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It really saddens me how run-down some towns in Estonia are
I dind't visit all of Estonia, but only Narva seems run down to me.
It seems to me Estonia has got a lot of well kept, beautiful towns and villages.
There are more ugly and bad places in my own country...
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Old November 14th, 2009, 01:58 PM   #129
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Consider Baltic approach (especially in Estonia and Latvia) towards Russia, I wouldn't say Russia has enemies at all.
Victim of the putinist junta propaganda
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Old November 14th, 2009, 05:16 PM   #130
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Please please please don't turn this wonderful photo thread into a political discussion!!! There are other places for that.
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Old November 14th, 2009, 08:28 PM   #131
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Victim of the putinist junta propaganda
Oh! You are so friendly and polite!
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Old November 14th, 2009, 09:14 PM   #132
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Please please please don't turn this wonderful photo thread into a political discussion!!! There are other places for that.
Thanks, I can agree with that.

The last serial of Estonian pictures before crossing the Latvian border at Valga.

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Valga is a town in southern Estonia and the capital of Valga County. Until their separation in 1920, Valga and the town of Valka in northern Latvia were one town. They are now twin-towns. The area of Valga is 16.5 km▓ and that of Valka is 14.2 km▓. Their populations are respectively 14,153 and 6,164. As of January 1, 2009 all border-crossing points were removed and roads and fences
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Old November 14th, 2009, 11:16 PM   #133
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Very nice town! I have impression that all the best is located in Estonian side though, although haven't been there. The photo #577 is fantastic! You have a trained eye to catch such a composition - and the colours looks wonderful too.
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Old November 15th, 2009, 03:04 AM   #134
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Excellent work Benonie!!

Tartu looks beautiful
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Old November 16th, 2009, 05:25 PM   #135
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Thanks a lot!

We continue our trip in Latvia. Firts town we reach is Valmiera, the eastern gateway to the Gauja National Park.

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Valmiera is the largest town of the historical Vidzeme region, Latvia, with a total area of 18.1 km▓. It is the center of the Valmiera District and has got a population of 27,323.

It lies at the crossroads of several important roads, 100 km to the north-east from Riga, the capital of Latvia, and 50 km south of the border with Estonia. Valmiera lies on both banks of the Gauja River.
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More interesting is the beautiful historical town of Cēsis , famous for its old medieval castle ruins, built by the 'Livonian Brothers of the Sword'.

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Cēsis is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Vidzeme central upland. Cēsis is on the Gauja River valley, and is built on a series of ridges above the river overlooking the "blue woods" below. Cēsis is the candidate city for the title of European Capital of culture 2014.
Population:18.065
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Old November 16th, 2009, 10:12 PM   #136
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It's not the best photo (it's not sharp enough and I had some problems with the light) but I liked the dressing... and those legs...
legs are nice, but its her ass that caught my attention great pictures, the pateneire prison pictures is depressing and creepy, i hurried through that part
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Old November 17th, 2009, 12:19 AM   #137
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Just 2 pics from Valmiera... There is more to see!
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Old November 17th, 2009, 05:03 PM   #138
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Sorry. I agree.
But we only stayed there for 2 houres... just for our first and very tasty Latvian lunch.
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Old November 21st, 2009, 06:31 PM   #139
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Bedfore reaching Riga, we stayed some days in Sigulda, a town in the lovely Gauja Valley.

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Sigulda: Population: 16,679 (86% Latvians)

Sigulda is a town in the Vidzeme Region of Latvia, 53 km from the capital city Riga.

Sigulda is situated on a picturesque stretch of the primeval Gauja river valley. Because of the reddish Devonian sandstone which forms steep rocks and caves on both banks of the river, Sigulda has been called the "Switzerland of Vidzeme".

After the restoration of Latvian independence in 1991, an emphasis was placed on conserving Sigulda's public monuments and parks as well as improving the town's tourist sector. Supported by the town council, a traditional Opera Festival takes place in an open-air music hall in the castle ruins each summer. A Town Festival is celebrated in May when cherry trees blossom, while Sigulda is known for the colors of its trees in autumn. Sports such as skiing, bobsledding, and the luge are popular in wintertime and bungee jumping is practiced during the rest of the year.

The Gutmanis Cave lies halfway between Sigulda Castle and Turaida Castle and has a small stream flowing from it. It is the largest cave in the Baltics, measuring 19 m deep, 12 m wide and 10 m high. The cave still bears inscriptions from as early as the 17th century; drinking the water is supposed to be healthy and is said to increase one's lifespan. From the cave it is possible to climb into the hills and take the cable car over the river valley.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 02:06 PM   #140
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