Mare Balticum
Our Sea and many more The surest method of keeping my travel fire alive is by reading tales from the road. I’ve become a book reader - I read constantly. Before my trips I like to pick up a book about my destination, so I could familiarize myself with where I’m going. It’s always a good and interesting thing to read about the history of a place.

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Trading amber, furs and hides I devoted evenings to reading about the history and natural and cultural treasures of the Baltic Sea. The spread of Christianity, the Viking Age or the Hanseatic League - nothing beats researches which simply extend trip from weeks of travel into months of fun.

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The Baltic Sea
For the whole generations the Baltic Sea has been a world of trade, work and pleasures, hopes and tragedies, warfare and conflicts. People had come there from the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, or by way of rivers - the Tornionjoki, Kemijoki, Neva, Daugava, Vistula or Oder. Mystique waters, fiords, cliffs, sandy beaches, beautiful harbors, medieval cities, the Scandinavian metropolis, light houses and wild nature - all kinds of fantastic scenery. Not to mention a rich history with the Viking culture or the era of the Hanseatic League. The Baltic Sea, with all the personal memories and stories it carries is a curious region worth exploring - a charming place for travelers and summer vacationers, but sometimes life-threatening for professional sailors.

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Here it is: the Baltic Sea. The place that had been in my memories since my early days. I’m closing my eyes and taking myself back to those days when as a young boy I used to spend the whole summers playing on its white beaches. It’s a small handful of experiences that made me feel happy.

Now, I’m coming back there after many years. I don’t know whether the area presents any interest at all for you, but if it does, let me take you with me and my family on our 6000 km long journey alongside its coastline.

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