February was an off beat choice to set off with a backpack to Eastern Europe. With a little money saved, I dithered for weeks over where to go – Central America or an African country were tempting, but flight prices were off-putting considering my tiny budget. Years back, when I lived in New Zealand, I remember how much […]Read More
Posts in 'Latvia'
Riga is a little beauty covered in snow; the Art Nouveau rooftops all fairytale-like, but I was keen to get out to the countryside for a bit of peaceful hiking. 50 km from Riga, the town of Sigulda is the gateway to Latvia’s largest national park – the Gauja. As well as a starting point for trails and hikes, […]Read More
Riga, somewhat of an undiscovered gem. I knew little about the country before the trip – the capital of Latvia, a former Soviet Union country, successful in the Eurovision contest and popular with scores of British stag parties. As city breaks in the winter go, choosing to go somewhere already colder than your home country […]Read More
From Europe’s largest market to Russian dumplings – Riga has plenty of budget conscious options for all tastes – from gourmet to simple, local food. On a recent trip to Riga, these were amongst my highlights. 1. Niklavs |Marstalu 1 – Decent value lunch spot Niklav’s specialises in a mix of Latvian and European dishes. […]Read More
The beach? In winter? Are you mad?! Probably, a little bit…But I was curious. I had never experienced frozen sand or blankets of snow hiding in sand dunes, so I hopped on the train to Majori, forty minutes outside of Riga to the beach resort of Jurmala. A ten minute walk beyond the town descends […]Read More