Riga has embraced its Soviet-era past while enjoying something of a renaissance.
Feel the former Eastern Bloc shrug off its dour image in the Latvian capital city, where a demure facade gives way to a place of surprising life and energy.
Rio is ramping up for the World Cup, Tokyo has returned to form and Riga is culture capital.
There's more to Europe than Paris and Prague as Ute Junker discovers with these oft-forgotten treasures.
With a song in his heart, Adrian Bridge revisits Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia 20 years after independence.
A dreadnought fan from childhood, Steven Herrick takes to the city trams to explore Tallinn and Riga.
Cathrin Schaer dodges the tourist traps and ends upon the wrong side of the tracks.