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Riga Free Museums: Latvian War Museum, and the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

Riga Free Museums: Latvian War Museum, and the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

Riga, the capital of Latvia, has no shortage of interesting sights and activities to offer budget travelers. For example, the city’s fine State Art Museum will only set you back a couple of lats, while the lift to the top of St. Peter’s Church, towering over Old Town, will cost about the same. The following two museums, however, are completely free » Read more

Riga: Thoughtful travels during uncertain (economic) times

I awoke this morning to hear a story on National Public Radio about the financial crisis affecting certain Eastern European countries, especially Latvia, Hungary, and the Ukraine. Edward Lucas, of The Economist magazine, pointed out that Latvia’s situation is pretty dire: a bank recently collapsed, the nation’s debt is swelling, and the country’s economy shrank by » Read more

Riga: Postcard from Latvia

Note: EuroCheapo editor Tom Meyers is traveling in Europe, inspecting hotels in Paris and Riga, Latvia. He’s blogging about his travels along the way. February 2, 2009–Greetings from Riga, Latvia, where I’ve spent the last four days exploring the town, getting acquainted with its history, and, of course, checking out budget hotels. Riga has a » Read more

Local Objects: Riga’s Central Market

As soon as the bus pulls into Riga’s bus lot, haul yourself across the street to one of Europe’s largest markets. The four converted hangars that comprise the Riga Centraltirgus (Riga Central Market) are an integral part of the city’s landscape. The cavernous chambers—filled with meats, fish, fresh and pickled fruit, candy, nuts, seeds, and » Read more