HERE’S AN IRRESISTIBLE HOLIDAY recipe: charming medieval villages dusted in snow, cobbled streets decorated with festive holiday trappings, and plenty of wintertime cheer. If that sounds as heavenly to you as it does to us, a seasonal European Christmas market cruise delivers all of the necessary ingredients.
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ESTONIA IS A LOVER, not a fighter. Over its 800 years of existence, except for a few notable instances of resistance, it largely assimilated into the culture of its conquering nations. Perhaps that’s why its Old Town is one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities. Even if you’re not into all that touristy stuff, you’ll still want to walk through the two ivory towers of Viru Gate, where traders and kings once passed, into the walled, cobble- stone streets of Old Town Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage site.