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If you've been to Riga, the capital of Latvia and one of the Baltic beauties, you're probably already a fan. It takes around 24 hours to see everything this city has to offer, but if that's all you have, don't worry.

The photo above was in a frozen sea in the Baltic Sea, on the road we came across the view and nothing else, we stopped for a photo session in almost 40 meters of frozen sea.

We arrived in Riga by car, we were coming from Vilnius in Lithuania, and the landscapes by car always seem to be the same, lots of crops and few animals.

Despite its large Russian population due to its Soviet history, Riga, the capital of Latvia, has a character of its own. Rigans are so proud of their own heritage and language that they even hold contests to celebrate its proper usage. This UNESCO world heritage site is a true Baltic beauty, not only for its great examples of Art Nouveau architecture everywhere you look, but also because of its style and charm. It's quite an interesting place to visit, and particularly affordable, with cheap airfares making it an affordable and easy weekend destination to explore due to its compact size. Riga has great hotels, excellent restaurants, amazing spas and some of the best "shopping" in the region. Two world wars and 50 years behind the Iron Curtain have led Riga to become today a vibrant metropolis full of energy and people who know how to live a good life.

The World Heritage Center describes Riga as having the best collection of art nouveau buildings in Europe and, in fact, the city's entire historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For those new to the subject, you can visit a museum on the subject, complete with interior decorations to show what daily life was like and some period costumes so you can't take yourself too seriously.

6 of the best things to do in Riga

1 - Visit the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, known as the "Orthodox Church".

2 - Try the best food in Latvia at Tam Labam bûs augt (order pork or beef).

3 - Visit the KGB museum: The Corner House between Brīvības Street and Stabu Street.

4 - Step back into the glamorous past at the Art Nouveau Museum (and follow that with a tour afterwards).

5 - Take in the city skyline from the aptly named Skyline Bar.

6 - Attend an organ recital at the Dome Cathedral

We stayed in a simple hotel, but we would like to highlight the Grand Palace Hotel. Beautiful place, service and highly recommended by locals. Enjoy...

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