The three previously free states along the Balkin sea freed themselves from the Soviet rule imposed after World War II. They have since enjoyed freedom and increasing prosperity with their own versions of a mix of Capitalism and Socialism. We wanted to see this for ourselves, and what better way than by bicycle, feet and some public transportation, which is generally excellent. The photos were supposed to start in Tallinn, Estonia, the most successful, go south to Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania, and countryside between. But WordPress often had its own ideas. This is just an introduction and may be added to later.