My first visit to Salaspils, though brief, was a happy one thanks to the midsummer festivities. My winter return to V’s hometown took a darker tone with a long walk through the forest to the Salaspils Memorials, the site of Latvia’s most prominent camp under Nazi occupation during World War II. Established in 1941 and […]
Travel springs surprises – that’s a given. Unlike life’s other surprises, however, you’re away from home and you seldom have the time to ponder opportunities that may not come your way again. When you’re not certain if things will work out, it’s not bad advice to go with your instincts. I got 23 fellow travel […]
Some of Latvia‘s most famous tourist attractions are linked to the legend of a young maiden known as the Rose of Turaida. More specifically, she is famous for the tragic way she died at the hands of a spurned admirer. You couldn’t read such violence to some liberal people today without a myriad of trigger […]
Some travellers I know felt let down when they hopped over from Tallinn, Estonia to Rīga, Latvia‘s capital, and didn’t see another walled town with consistently mediaeval buildings. There is no reason why it should, however. Estonia and Latvia may be neighbours with some shared recent history, but they are very distinct countries, even if the tendency to lump […]
The May Park in Cēsis was the last place I was expecting to be dragged into a speech on “democracy”. Being 3 hours from Latvia‘s capital, Rīga, there weren’t many people in this tidy and pretty town when I was there, let alone tourists. Perfect for minding my own business, or so I thought.
Midsummer, the longest day of the year is almost upon us! You can tell because it’s almost impossible to sleep without curtains in the Nordic countries now. The summer solstice is a common celebration throughout Europe, but it’s extra-special in the north, where the sun sets only briefly, if at all, and it never gets […]