Riga: a harvest festival, a Soviet memorial, a hundred years

1918! A monumental year. World War I ended, empires broke up, national borders were rearranged, political orders changed dramatically, and new countries appeared. One of these was Latvia. The little Baltic country declared its independence from Russia on 18 November 1918, just one week after the [...]

Cooking with chefs in Riga

On a cold February afternoon, we meet him at the old Zeppelin hangar. We – are Lola, Janicke, and myself, three Scandinavian travel bloggers. He - is Mārtiņš Sirmais, Latvia’s super-chef. We're about to learn Latvian cooking. Innovative Latvian cooking, it turns out. The old hangar [...]

2018-09-19T09:20:22+01:0023 February 2018|Food and drink, Latvia, Show me how|

Wintry Vilnius by Instagram

On a chilly November day last year, I spent a brief twenty-four hours in the Lithuanian capital. Here's a quick look at wintry Vilnius by Instagram. 1. A night-time shot of the pretty Vilnius Cathedral. (See the photo on Instagram here.) 2. Borscht, a Lithuanian [...]

2016-05-30T08:47:14+01:0027 January 2016|Instagram, Lithuania, Seasonal, current|

11 most popular Instagrams in May 2015

Here, better late than never, is our monthly Instagram feature.  As usual, I've linked to the photo on Instagram in the numbers. No less than five World Heritage sites are included this month, so let's get on with it. Here are the 11 most popular 'grams on Sophie's World [...]

Vilnius and the KGB

In Vilnius, the thought-provoking and disturbing Museum of Genocide Victims – often referred to as the KGB Museum - left me breathless. And not in a good way. But make no mistake about it. This is from our recent past, and should be, needs to [...]

World at a Glance: Lithuanian dessert

Today's curious quirk is dessert; a very alcoholic dessert in Lithuania, specifically. On a recent girl friend weekend break in Vilnius, we decided to visit the Television Tower, one of the tallest buildings in all of Eastern Europe, to get our bearings. The Television Tower [...]

2020-07-11T17:32:13+01:0010 March 2014|Food and drink, Lithuania|
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