By Nicole Brewer

Greetings globetrotters! I hope that you all have been well. The weeks are now fast approaching until I head back to USA for my summer break from teaching here in Oman. Nevertheless, I recently returned from a week long holiday for EID following Ramadan here in the region. A few months ago I was blessed to win free roundtrip tickets from Dubai to Riga, Latvia via Air Baltic after attending a virtual information session about the Baltic region.

I jumped at the chance to head to a cooler region after the sweltering temps we’ve been getting here in the desert. The overnight direct flight from Dubai was smooth sailing and the first thing I decided to do after arriving at the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel Riga, was in fact head straight to the spa. After a day of globetrotting I chilled out for a bit in the relaxing plunge pools, saunas, and steam rooms situated throughout the hotel. After that I enjoyed a cocktail at the Skybar on the 26th floor which has the best views of the city. I really don’t think I could’ve picked a better hotel.

My room at the Radisson Blu, Latvia.

After being well rested, the next two days I ventured out on day trips. One exploring the city of Riga with the most incredible art nouveaux architecture ever and the next day I booked a tour to visit the stunning Rundale Palace, a local castle, and then headed across the border to Lithuania to visit the historic Hill of Crosses. During the palace tour I felt like I was in a real life episode of the famed Bridgerton series. My architecture and interior design loving heart was truly at peace. I also loved the fun guides who took me out to visit the sites on both tours.

The following day I decided to venture out and take in the city sites of Riga on my own. I delighted upon more art nouveaux architecture, the Riga Motorsport Museum, the Occupation of Latvia Museum, and a beautiful art and tea gallery situated in the art nouveaux district. If you are interested in a region with interesting history, divine buildings, and a laid back atmosphere then I highly recommend a visit to the Baltic States.