When you mention you’re visiting Iceland, one of the first reactions you get from people is a sharp intake of breath and some kind of utterance that includes the word “expensive”.
But while it may be true that Iceland is one of the most pricey countries in the world, a visit there doesn’t have to break the bank.
OK, I’ll admit. I may be using a little bit of artistic hyperbole in calling Vilnius –the capital of Lithuania – a secret. But compared to its fellow Baltic capitals, Riga and Tallinn, the city seems to be floating well under the radar.
Arriving in Riga, I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect. But, what I found was a vibrant, sprawling city, jam-packed awesome activities and spectacular sights. In fact, knowing where to start your adventure in the city can be far from straight forward. So, I’ve compiled this quick-fire guide to the 13 best experiences the Latvian capital has to offer.
While I wouldn’t claim to be the most religious person, I do love visiting a good church on holiday. They’re always so awe-inspiring and, I find, they provide a peaceful haven, even in the middle of the most bustling city. As a result, you’ll often find me taking a minute out to light a candle or simply reflect in the middle of a trip abroad.
Back in August, my boyfriend and I took the train to Manchester to see Morrissey. We knew we wanted to check out the Northern Quarter and chow down on some tasty vegan food. But, if you’d have told me my highlight of the day would have been a trip to the library, I wouldn’t have believed you.