My parents have been married 35 years this coming year. To celebrate they're thinking of taking the six of us on a city trip. We were trying to decide what would be nice to visit, thought of Glasgow and Copenhagen. Surfing for more info however, we found a site on the Baltic states and, being fans of the colder climates, were quite taken with the idea of going to one of their capitals. So it's beginning to look like I'll be visiting Riga (Latvia) early next year. Can't wait!

The Historic Centre of Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is particularly notable for its extensive Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) architecture, which UNESCO considers to be unparalleled anywhere in the world.

The climate of Riga is maritime and temperate, but the winters can be extreme due to the northern location. The coldest months are January and February, when the average temperature is -6°C but can frequently drop as low as -25°C.

For lots of photo's, try Riga on Wikimedia Commons.