For Europe-bound travelers trying to avoid hordes of high-season tourists, autumn shoulder season is the perfect time to visit. But, one of the downsides is unpredictable weather. Our day trip to Jūrmala, Latvia was a shivery reminder of how capricious weather can turn a cold shoulder.
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” —Michelangelo
This larger-than-life brass turtle stands stoically on Jurmalla’s cold beach, poised to plunge into the Baltic Sea. But what you can’t see is the Nude Dude ditching his Speedo just steps away. No wonder the turtle is ready to bolt!
We left the chilly Baltic States (and a hotel with no heat), flying on our least-favorite airline (more on that later), and arrived back home to the steamy Southeast a few days ago. As much fun as it was to travel, it felt so good to come back to
Jurmala, Latvia, nestled on the white-sand shores of the Baltic Sea, is a short 30-minute train ride from Riga. After reading about Jurmala’s history as a famous tourist town, its collection of turn-of-the-century
Artistic weathervanes have been a common and very enjoyable feature on our travels in the Baltic. From simple to amazingly ornate, and old to shiny-new, all have been a pleasure to see. This wind vane,
I know what you’re thinking … but no. It looks like a pleasant, ordinary house, right? Cast your eyes up to the roofline. Notice anything? The Cat House gets its name from the two black felines balanced on the tip tops of its towers. They were designed a century ago as an insult to cause …