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 them with Lithuania as ‘the Baltic States’ suggests otherwise.
It’s more meaningful to appreciate the differences instead, for the biggest city in the Baltic countries treats the eye to a smörgåsbord of architecture spanning the ages. That doesn’t seem like a bad thing to me. [Read on]