Thanks to its somewhat tumultuous political history, Latvia is a country with multiple influences: a little of the East and a little of the West with a whole lot of artistic flair. With just one big city (Riga), Latvia delights with its small towns and local charm. It flies under tourists’ radar but is surprisingly charming, with rambunctious live music, ornate architecture, and jealousy-inducing outdoor spaces. Plus, with nearly half the country covered by forests and national parks, it’s a nature lover’s paradise as well.
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