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Because it has the world’s best collection of Art Nouveau architecture. Latvia’s early-1900s industrial boom gave birth to hundreds of Jugendstil structures, many by architect Mikhail Eisenstein. 10B Elizabeth Street (pictured) has the most impre...
When the Latvian government named him director of the National Opera in 1996, Andrejs Zagars concedes, it was something of a surprise. Two directors had come and gone in a matter of months. The theater was hemorrhaging money, and its repertoire wa...
It all started during a long consultation with a map. I was staring at the French Riviera, where we were thinking of spending a week. At some point my eye drifted upward until I hit a patch of blue, the Baltic Sea, and the filigreed curtain of Da...
If you're nostalgic for the bad old days of the Soviet Union, the Latvian resort city of Liepaja has just the attraction. A group aptly called KGB has organized tours of the town's infamous Karosta Prison (371-63/69470; www.karostascietums.lv), wh...
Most people aren't sure where you're heading when you tell them you're going to Latvia, but it's an absolutely delightful place. I believe the 1930's writer E. C. Davies said it best: "Don't be in a hurry to see old Riga;she has much to show you a...
Like many cities in central and Eastern Europe that have a long history of foreign occupation and a more recent history of dramatic transformation and independence, Riga is just getting to know itself. And, more so than most cities in the region, ...