Discover the Beauty of the Baltic

    Shopping for crafts is a popular way of enjoying the Old
    Town of Tallinn. These colorful roses were made from
    Estonian wood.                              Photo by Ann Charles

    Baroque Vilnius, Art Nouveau Riga, and Hanseatic Tallinn are three good reasons to Go Baltic. Discover the Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia, and the Old Town of Vilnius, Lithuania. But don’t forget about Riga’s Historic Center, too, in Latvia. These cities are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. In the field of tourism, photography plays an important role in attracting potential tourists. An eye-catching photograph can stimulate the senses and seduce you into visiting a specific place. And sometimes even if you don’t plan it, photographs that capture the imagination can lead to other creative adventures.

For example, “Travel to the Baltic Sea Region was certainly given a boost at UN Headquarters in New York City,” reported “The Baltic Times” not too long ago. This was when the UN SRC Photographic Society presented a photo exhibit by Ann Charles in the south lobby of the Secretariat Building. Most recently, on March 4-6, 2005, several of these photos were also showcased at The New York Times Travel Show.

The original exhibit consisted of 80 colorful photos focused on the culture and beauty of Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. At the Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Center, images were on display of the rooftops of Tallinn, as well as the pastel colored buildings in the Old Town. Besides showing historic places of interest in Finland, there were also photos at the show of various crafts, including glass blowing in Tallinn. Images were exhibited, too, of young Lithuanian girls, Maria Klimik and Indre Jankeviciute, dressed in traditional folkloric clothes.

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