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    Santa Feel is cool with a very good summer opera season. Decent golf is also plentiful and out of the way (quiet)

    Mookie and girl spent a week there some time ago and was impressed.
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    With Santa Fe, the tenor, the golf, or the girl?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post
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    Since my Russia trip got rescheduled, now I may have an extra weekend in Tyumen without work. I don't want to stay in Tyumen for a weekend, so looking into flying somewhere for the weekend. Has anyone been to any of these places and could provide some suggestions:

    Riga, Latvia
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Sochi, Russia
    St. Petersberg, Russia
    Almaty, Kazakhstan
    Helsinki, Finland

    adding 2 more possibilities to the list:
    Chisinau, Moldova
    Minsk, Belarus
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    Mookie has heard good things about Tbilisi

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    Belarus and Moldova will probably require additional visas, which you may have a hard time getting. Honestly, neither of those countries is probably worth the hassle. I read several years ago that Moldova supposedly has the highest rate of alcoholism in the world.

    I would look at Tallinn, St. Petersberg, Helsinki, and maybe Riga. Haven't been to any of them though, so I can't help you there. Heard nice things about Tallinn for sure.

    Will your Russian visa allow you to exit for the weekend and return the following week? Probably should double-check that.
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    I wouldn't write Moldova off so easily. Chisinau isn't going to be as flashy as some other cities, but a pleasant place to spend a few days if Romanian cities are any indication (and my understanding is that they are). It's also super cheap to rent a car, and you could get to Iasi, which by all accounts is a nice little city and interesting visit, in only a couple hour drive. And driving through Romania/Moldova is an interesting experience in and of itself.

    I think I would probably head to Tallinn soley for the women, though.

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    Belarus and Moldova will probably require additional visas, which you may have a hard time getting. Honestly, neither of those countries is probably worth the hassle. I read several years ago that Moldova supposedly has the highest rate of alcoholism in the world.

    I would look at Tallinn, St. Petersberg, Helsinki, and maybe Riga. Haven't been to any of them though, so I can't help you there. Heard nice things about Tallinn for sure.

    Will your Russian visa allow you to exit for the weekend and return the following week? Probably should double-check that.
    Russian visa is ok, I have a 3 year multi-entry business visa. But, Belarus is an issue. No need for a tourist visa for USA citizens, but they require a visa for everyone entering from Russia, which I would be. So, I'm crossing Minsk off the list. I eliminated several locations (Chisenau, Almaty, Tallinn, Riga, Helsinki) due to ****ty flight schedules that won't work for a weekend trip.

    I also found that Vilnius has a very favorable flight schedule, that will work for me, but the flight isn't cheap. May use miles. Right now, leaning towards Vilnius, since no visa is required and flights work out nicely.
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    St. Petersburg. It makes Moscow look like a village.

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    Tallinn is fun to walk around for a day. The old city has kept its look so it's very picturesque. Hilly, too, but that makes it all the more fun in my opinion.

    Helsinki actually feels like a US city. It was only expanded in the 1800s, so it has a much more recent look and feel. We only did a morning tour, so we didn't spend a huge amount of time there.

    St Petersburg is great, but the visa issue makes it hard to do without a tour. The Winter Palace and Hermitage, all of the cathedrals, and nearby with the Peterhof and Puskin and so forth. A lot of it is crowded because they're major sites, but still really cool stuff to see. We were there on a tour, so I can't say much about walking around or anything.

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    Tallinn is fun to walk around for a day. The old city has kept its look so it's very picturesque. Hilly, too, but that makes it all the more fun in my opinion.

    Helsinki actually feels like a US city. It was only expanded in the 1800s, so it has a much more recent look and feel. We only did a morning tour, so we didn't spend a huge amount of time there.

    St Petersburg is great, but the visa issue makes it hard to do without a tour. The Winter Palace and Hermitage, all of the cathedrals, and nearby with the Peterhof and Puskin and so forth. A lot of it is crowded because they're major sites, but still really cool stuff to see. We were there on a tour, so I can't say much about walking around or anything.
    I already have a mulit-entry Russian visa, and I'll be in Russia already, so should be no visa issues with Russia, unless something unexpected happens.

    At this point, I think I am really leaning towards Vilnius. Good flight schedules, no visa needed for Lithuania, airport close to the old town, nice centrally located hotel right in old town, surrounded by cool Lithuanian beer halls, old architecture, and the reviews I read say that the people are very friendly.
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    FYI there's a good Rick Steves on Helsinki/Tallinn that gives a good feel of both that PBS just started showing.

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    so... new year's eve in Amsterdam?!?!?

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    So i'm going to Bermuda at the end of November for 6 days. What's there to do..
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    So i'm going to Bermuda at the end of November for 6 days. What's there to do..
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    So i'm going to Bermuda at the end of November for 6 days. What's there to do..
    Take a bus around the island. It is a hoot to watch the locals chivy each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mookie1995 View Post
    so... new year's eve in Amsterdam?!?!?

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