Biking the Baltic

…..and so begins another adventure, this time meandering my way through 8 countries hugging the Baltic Sea and beyond, visiting their capitals, sampling life along their rural byways, meeting the people, hearing their stories and sampling their food. Each country will have its own language, its own culture and history. They will each have been occupied by an alien power at some time in their history, suffered and recovered, always struggling to hang on to their own identity and self-worth as a sovereign nation….

For 45 years, many of them lay hidden behind the iron curtain, subjected to the travails of Soviet communism, largely invisible to the rest of the world. With the fall of the Soviet system, we began to discover the beauty of these small republics, their rich histories and fine architecture, and their hunger to reconnect with the rest of the world.

Some of this I hope to find out for myself as I pedal the miles and share the hospitality of locals along the way. Come along and share this journey with me…..(you can subscribe for email alerts on my web page)….

Footnote: since posting on FB, a former pupil of mine, now living in Finland, has already invited me to dinner….how serendipitous is that?

About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on August 18, 2019, in Biking the Baltic 2,400km and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. looking forward to your updates. Poland is a place I have visited a number of times

  2. My only visit till now has been to Krakow…..and in deep winter!

  3. The archipelago between Sweden and Finland is an amazing sight but note that the Fins use this as a duty free booze cruise.

  4. Now that’s an interesting local insight…..
    Chance of sampling a craft beer from a micro-brewery, perchance…..?

  5. I love it when you head off on another adventure and I can do a virtual ride.

  6. Nice route Frank, enjoy!

  7. Climb aboard Heather…..

  8. we have kayak camped in the north east of Poland quite a lot in the 1990’s. Krakow is a beautiful city. You must visit Gdansk and see how they have restored the old city. In the bottom left of the square is the Green Gate to go to the river. Here there is a shop front with what looks like gargoyles and they are the faces of those involved in the reconstruction. Many of the salvaged pieces have been incorporated into the restored frontages.

  9. Sounds fascinating….but sadly, Gdansk is well off my route….

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