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During the past millennium the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were frequently occupied by powerful neighbors, but in the early 1990s all three regained their independence from their last master, USSR. When the Seabourn Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Sojourn, on which I was serving as a lecturer, docked in the harbor of Tallinn, I joined a walking tour of the cobble stoned streets of the city. The capital and most populous city of Estonia, Tallinn abounds in medieval buildings with steep roofs, tall spires, and churches with onion domes. It is a veritable medieval gem in the Baltic, and increasingly seen as a 'must visit' site for Baltic cruises. “Populous city,” however, has to be taken in context. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have total populations of only 1.4 million, 2.4 million and 3.4 million, respectively.

My experience is that walking tours give a much better sense of a city than driving tours.

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