1918! A monumental year. World War I ended, empires broke up, national borders were rearranged, political orders changed dramatically, and new countries appeared. One of these was Latvia. The little Baltic country declared its independence from Russia on 18 November 1918, just one week after the [...]
On a cold February afternoon, we meet him at the old Zeppelin hangar. We – are Lola, Janicke, and myself, three Scandinavian travel bloggers. He - is Mārtiņš Sirmais, Latvia’s super-chef. We're about to learn Latvian cooking. Innovative Latvian cooking, it turns out. The old hangar [...]
Here, better late than never, is our monthly Instagram feature. As usual, I've linked to the photo on Instagram in the numbers. No less than five World Heritage sites are included this month, so let's get on with it. Here are the 11 most popular 'grams on Sophie's World [...]
Apart from the multi-national Struve Geodetic Arc (more on that later), the old town of Riga is the only site in Latvia protected by UNESCO.
I first visited Riga in 1992, shortly following the break-up of the Soviet Union. Today's Riga is an entirely different story.