LATVIA

Former secret Soviet bunker in Līgatne, Latvia

Līgatne is situated in northwest Latvia, 25km from Sigulda and 29km from Cēsis. The local Tourist Information Centre lists quite a few reasons to come and visit their town and I’m sure they are all valid ones but our one inducement to visit Līgatne was to go on a...

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Lesser-visited places in the Baltic States

Getting Off the Beaten Track in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia The three countries that constitute the Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - are very popular tourist destinations these days. This is particularly true of the capitals. If you visit either...

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Soviet-era sanatoriums in Jūrmala, Latvia

Approximately 25km west of the Latvian capital, Riga, Jūrmala is a sprawling resort town that stretches along the Baltic Sea for about 30km. The beach is wide, sandy and backed by grassy dunes and a dense pine forest. It’s a lovely spot, especially outside of the...

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Off-the-beaten-track Latvia: Zeltini Missile Base

Zeltini (also spelt Zeltiņi or Zelteni) Missile Base sits deep in the forest of northeastern Latvia, close to the borders with Russia and Estonia. In fact, as is the norm with these former Soviet military bases, it’s in the middle of absolutely nowhere: the nearest...

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What we got up to in the Baltic States and the Caucasus

Not the typical tourist attractions: Alternative sightseeing on our travels In no particular order, our priorities on our recent 2½ month trip to the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and Armenia, Georgia and Abkhazia in the Caucasus were as follows:...

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The Baltic States itinerary: Vilnius to Tallinn Overland

ITINERARY SUMMARY  (Lithuania) Vilnius - Kaunas - Siauliai (Latvia) - Riga - Sigulda (Estonia) - Tartu - Tallinn Position yourself somewhere between the railway/bus station and the Old Town in Vilnius as there are a surprising number of day trips out of the city...

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Twelve Forts and Castles from Around the World

A photo essay featuring twelve forts, castles and palaces that we have explored on our travels There are forts and castles of some description in many countries the world over. We are never going to see them all but when we know there is either a castle or fort nearby...

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How to spend a few days in Riga

How to spend a few days in Riga, Latvia Riga is a great city. I mentioned in a previous blog that we enjoyed our time in Vilnius but Riga was our overall most-liked city in the Baltic States. I still stand by this assertion. Architecturally, the Old Town and the Quiet...

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2014 in Photographs

It’s not in my nature to use words like awesome or epic but looking back at our 2014, less-enthusiastic words just don't do our travelling year justice. Hammerfest, Norway June 2014 Twenty-six countries across three continents, it’s certainly going down as the year we...

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