Yes, it’s tulip time in Latvia’s only big city and after initial grumbling about the evils of daylight savings, most locals are at least happy that they can make their way home after work while it’s still light out. After all, there’s nothing quite as soul smashing as getting up in darkness and going home in darkness – the accepted definition of a Latvian winter. In any event, the nation’s capital is preparing for spring in earnest and most restaurateurs are already taking measurements outside their establishments to build outdoor terraces, a mandatory component of the warm season in the Baltics. Spring also marks the beginning of the festival season and one of the most awaited events is the Latviabeerfest, which takes place at the end of May. If, however, you’re looking for more high-brow pursuits then visit the Riga Bourse Art Museum and see some of the most prized paintings from Madrid’s Prado Museum including works by Rubens and Goya. Whatever your pleasure this spring, Riga In Your Pocket has something for everyone.

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