Latvia is snuggly sandwiched between Estonia
to the north and Lithuania
to the south. Whether you take to the Baltic beaches or explore the green, green tree tops of the Gauja Valley, Russian influence abounds on all sides. That's not to say that this country doesn't have a beating heart and swinging soul all of its very own. Riga positively sizzles with Baltic beauty and cosmopolitan charm, a true mish-mash of art-nouveau architecture, enchanting old-town lanes and a thumping club scene.