Baltic

By Monique Burns  From the Polish capital of Warsaw, my explorations took me on a 2 ½-hour Air Baltic flight northeast to Riga, the tiny Latvian capital whose mighty gulf has been the envy of the Baltic for more than 800 years.  Bombed by Nazis, then terrorized by the Soviets

By Monique Burns My 11-day Baltic odyssey took me to five cities, from the port of Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, as far east as St. Petersburg, Russia’s incomparable cultural capital. For the second leg of my journey, I hopped an hour-and-a-half flight aboard LOT Polish Airlines from Hamburg to Warsaw.

By Monique Burns Exploring the Baltic led me on a watery course.  I followed in the wake of the Hanseatic League, powerful traders who, for more than six centuries, plied that great sea and the mighty rivers flowing into it.  I toured Hamburg, the world’s second-largest port, renowned for art,