• Latvia
  • 9 Things to Know Before Visiting Latvia

    Kuldiga Town

    Admittedly, I knew very little about the Baltic country of Latvia before finally deciding to visit that part of Europe last July. I knew where it was on a map and that my primary school music teacher was from there. Basic research confirmed what I already knew – I should visit Riga. But as is […]

  • Latvia
  • Exploring the War Remnants of Karosta, Latvia

    Northern Fort, Karosta

    Walking out of the city of Liepāja on Latvia’s southern coast one morning, I couldn’t have guessed where I would end up later that day. After spending the previous day exploring Liepāja, I had decided to venture north of the canal and visit the neighbourhood of Karosta. Armed only with a brochure that I had gotten from […]

  • Elsewheres
  • Elsewhere: Kuldiga and the Venta Rapids, Latvia

    Aleksupite Bridge, Kuldiga

    Can you think of a place during the holidays that everyone seems to stop at, as they drive to and from their getaway? Somewhere to grab lunch or just pause at to break up the long drive? Well in Latvia, that stop is the small town of Kuldiga. Not exactly halfway between the popular beaches […]

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  • A Visit to the Charming Town of Cesis, Latvia

    Cesis Town

    As part of my visit to the wonderful Gauja Valley, I planned a day trip from Sigulda to the charming town of Cesis. My time exploring the historic town reinforced how special this part of Latvia is, while furthering my understanding of the history of the country as a whole. Cesis really turned out to […]

  • Talking Travel
  • My Favourite Countries of 2016

    Melnik Sunset, Favourite Countries of 2016

    Compared to last years travels, this year’s adventures have been decidedly one note. Rather than bouncing around the world like I did back in 2015, 2016 was about exploring Central and Eastern Europe and seeing what they had to offer. My jet-setting lifestyle took a backseat to the reality of needing money and after quite […]

  • Latvia
  • Castles of Sigulda and the Gauja Valley

    Gauja River outside Sigulda

    Just an hour away from the capital of Latvia is the small town of Sigulda. While often a day trip for visitors to Riga, I opted to spend a few days there to better explore the region. Boy was I glad I did, as I soon came to realise that Sigulda and the Gauja Valley […]

  • Latvia
  • 11 Essential Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

    Riga Old Town

    The Baltic States were always somewhere I’d been curious to visit and in August of this year I thankfully had the chance to do so. My first stop was to be Riga, the capital of Latvia and I was pretty excited. My arrival may not have been met with the greatest of weather but I […]