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Riga – the pearl of Europe

Riga – the pearl of Europe

As the aircraft makes its descent, I spot miles of white, sandy beach. I wonder if the pilot’s made a wrong turn, but then hear, “Welcome to Riga.” Yes, Riga.

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Birch thrashes maple

Birch thrashes maple

Latvian chef Martins Ritins taps enough sap in one season to last him, and his patrons, all year long. “When it’s sunny, you can get 20 liters (4.5 gallons) a day from a tree. The season is two-three weeks. Each tree produces a slightly different taste.

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