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Spring in the Culture Capital of Europe


Spring is a mercurial time of year in the Baltics. A snow storm gripped much of Latvia at the end of April in 2013, yet people were sunning themselves on the banks of the Riga canal mere weeks later. Although the nation just experienced one of the mildest winters on record, locals have already had enough of the grey clouds and the biting winds and, as always, are hoping for an early spring full of sunshine and blue skies. In any event, local climate conditions won’t prevent the city’s storied beer gardens from setting up shop on Old Riga’s squares and pavements and we recommend you do as the locals do and try a little people-watching with a good brew in hand. For those with more highbrow ambitions we suggest a visit to one of the European Culture Capital’s fascinating art exhibitions. If, however, you’re looking for something farther afield then take a trip to Jūrmala and Liepāja – two beautiful seaside cities that couldn’t be more different from one another. Enjoy the spring with Riga In Your Pocket.

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