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  • Tracing the Story of Art Nouveau in Riga

    Tracing the Story of Art Nouveau in Riga

    It is difficult to find an all-embracing definition of Art Nouveau architecture. Buildings in this style represent a breakaway from traditional, more rigid styles. In general, it introduced a fluidity of lines in the structure of buildings and decorations embracing the theme back to nature. There are animals, both real and fanciful, plants, fruits and suns everywhere. Art Nouveau blossomed more in Riga than anywhere else in the world as it coincided with a time of rapid expansion and a large number of talented architects ready, and able, to experiment.

  • Three Quirky Excursions in the Kurzeme Region of Latvia

    Three Quirky Excursions in the Kurzeme Region of Latvia

    Kabile Manor, Ēdole Castle and Ventspils Radio Station based in an old Soviet Radio Station are unique attractions found in the natural landscapes of the Kurzeme region in Latvia. Be enchanted by the songs of the Suiti singers, a UNESCO protected culture.

  • Some Joys of Jūrmala in Latvia

    Some Joys of Jūrmala in Latvia

    The arts and architecture feature strongly in Jūrmala a Baltic coastal town in the Latvian region of Kurzeme. Its long stretch of sandy beaches and proximity to Riga, the capital, have been attracting visitors since the mid-eighteenth century and even more so since the advent of the railway in 1877.

  • Beyond the Beach at Pāvilosta in Latvia

    Beyond the Beach at Pāvilosta in Latvia

    Pāvilosta in Latvia – and I quote - is like the border between the man-made world and the primeval forces of nature, authentic and true. Therefore, this place is much loved by people who are looking for true emotion, peace and tranquillity.

  • Kuldīga in Latvia and its Seventeenth Century Showcase

    Kuldīga in Latvia and its Seventeenth Century Showcase

    Door by door, shutter by shutter Kuldīga in Latvia is restoring its lovely old buildings to their former glory. It is a labour of love undertaken by its residents and supervised by experts based at the Restoration Centre.

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