TRAVEL READS – April 2016

Perhaps a couple of you have noticed that I haven’t blogged much for the last, six months, but I haven’t fully disappeared into the abyss — just fallen through a wormhole and now trying to climb out. In the meantime, here are some good reads that have kept me tethered to the world of travel (oh,…

RIGA’S REMARKABLE ART NOUVEAU

When you think of the cities with the greatest collections of Art Nouveau architecture, what comes to mind? Probably Paris or Brussels, Prague or Budapest. But not Riga, right? Well, then you’re in for quite a surprise. I first heard of Riga’s collection of Art Nouveau architecture just a few months ago, through the Latvia’s…

LOVELY RIGA, or LINDA’S LATVIA LIES EXPOSED

I think it won’t be an exaggeration to say that Expat Eye on Latvia’s Linda almost literally put Latvia on a map for a lot of “far abroad” foreigners with her very active Latvia PR campaign. However, she accomplished this with a rather unusual approach, often highlighting the gloomy and dysfunctional over the pretty and…