Tallinn

2003 – Estonia

I visited Estonia again in October and December after my tour of the Baltics in August 2003.
Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn

The week before Christmas I travelled to Tallinn for Christmas shopping, and to see Anton, who I met last time I was in Tallinn. Together we visited the Kadriorg Palace a few kilometers outside the city.

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Fall in Tallinn

Two months after I was there on my summer holiday, I returned to Tallinn for a weekend in October. The city is even more beautiful in the fall, when the trees are bursting with colors.

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Trakai

2003 – Nordic and Baltic tour

From July 31 to August 24, I drove around the Baltic sea, through 10 different countries, and staying in 8 different cities; Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Minsk, Kaliningrad and Copenhagen.
Stockholm, Sweden

The first stop on my trip was in Stockholm, where I stayed for 3 days. I was there at the end of Stockholm Pride week, and got to see the parade that Saturday.

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Helsinki, Finland

From Stockholm, I took the over-night ferry to Helsinki in Finland.

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Tallinn, Estonia

From Helsinki, a short ferry trip took me to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Tallinn is a charming city, with a well preserved old town.

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Riga, Latvia

Riga is about 4 hours drive from Tallinn. Riga is a relatively large city, with almost a million inhabitants, and there is a charming old town here as well.

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Vilnius, Lithuania

Lithuania is the most populous of the three Baltic countries, but there are still less than 4 million people in this country.

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Minsk, Belarus

Vilnius is only a 30 minutes drive from the border of Belarus, so I had to make a visit there too. Belarus is one of the few communist countries still around, and the bureaucracy was evidend from the first contact. The border crossing formalities took 90 minutes.

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Kaliningrad, Russia

Kaliningrad is a Russian city of almost half a million people, in a small piece of land between Lithuania and Poland, separate from the rest of Russia. This is one of the ugliest cities I have ever seen.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

From Kaliningrad I drove to Gdansk in Poland and took a ferry from there to Copenhagen, where I spent the last few days of my holiday, before driving back to Oslo over the Øresund bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden.

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Brooklyn Bridge

2003 – USA

I visited New York in June, 2003. I walked over Brooklyn Bridge and explored Downtown Manhattan, including Ground Zero almost two years after the terrorist attacks.
New York City

I walked over Brooklyn Bridge and explored Downtown Manhattan, including Ground Zero almost two years after the terrorist attacks.

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Blue Lagoon

2003 – Iceland

I visited Iceland twice in 2003, first during the last weekend of May, and then again in November. Both times I stayed in Reykjavik, and on the first trip I also visited Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir.
Reykjavik

A few months after my first trip to Iceland, I went back for more with a friend. We went to the Blue Lagoon twice during the first weekend of November.

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Reykjavik and surroundings

The last weekend of May, I visited Reykjavik, Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir on Iceland.

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Vindenes

2003 – Norway

On 8 April, my sister gave birth to a baby girl. I visited them and the rest of my family the following week.
Sotra

Sotra is an island on the western coast of Norway, close to Bergen.

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Rabat

2003 – Morocco

I had a week holiday in Morocco with Christopher in March, 2003, during the first week of the Iraq war. We visited Casablanca, Marrakesh and Rabat.
Casablanca

Most of the time we stayed in Casablanca - the largest city (officially over 3 million people, unofficially even more) and the business center of the country. My first welcome was being pickpocketed.

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Rabat

Rabat, the capital, is only an hours train ride from Casablanca. It is a smaller city, more peaceful and cleaner. We explored the medina, the old kasbah and government buildings.

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Marrakesh

While Rabat and Casablanca are coastal cities, Marrakesh in in the highland, close to the Atlas mountains. The new part of the city actually look more civilized than Casablanca, but the medina is very big and an interesting place to explore.

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Brussels

2003 – Belgium

The first weekend of 2003, I went to the capital of Europe, Brussels. The city has definitely more to offer than bureaucrat buildings.
Brussels

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and hosts the headquarters of the European Union and NATO. But the city has definitely more to offer than bureaucrat buildings.

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