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RIGA, PARIS IN THE BALTIC

Older than Stockholm and St. Petersburg, Riga, Latvia’s capital, rises in splendor about river born of the Baltic Sea, just a few kilometers from Estonia and Lithuania. The turbulent history of Latvia, its Soviet past and its relatively recent independence have accumulated layers of time and history in its capital. This is one of those lucky cities that grow near a river (the Daugava), and the cobbled streets of the old city, swirl, leading to old squares. Riga has the most beautiful and complete example of German Art Nouveau style architecture, and UNESCO has recognized the city as a World Heritage Site.

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