Latvia is a country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia. Its landscape is marked by wide beaches as well as dense, sprawling forests. Latvia’s capital is Riga, home to notable wooden and art nouveau architecture, a vast Central Market and a medieval Old Town with St. Peter’s Church. Riga’s museums include the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, showcasing local crafts, food and music.
We visited Riga, Latvia in July 2017 while on a Baltic Cruise (Royal Caribbean, Serenade of the Seas). We spent the day exploring Riga, including museums, medieval and art nouveau architecture along cobblestone streets, saw the Freedom Monument (or Lady Liberty), met the “Riga Cat” and ate lunch at Rozengrals, an “Authentic Medieval Restaurant.”