Latvia, formerly part of Russia is located on the Baltic Sea with Estonia to the North, Lithuania to the South and Russia to the West. After WWII, my husband's parents, brother and grandmother fled Latvia and the Russian occupation. On their way to the United States my husband was born in Germany but is Latvian through and through. It's been his lifelong wish to return to Latvia with his brother who traveled there often. Sadly, his brother passed away before that happened.
Latvia A Guide Book, published on 4/29/1999, by Puse Plus Ltd., and written by Aigars Dabolins, was given to my husband for a trip with his brother, but now, it will be me traveling with him. I've tried to study up on all the places I've heard stories about, and trying to learn a few more words than just "please, thank you, and I love you".
This travel guide provides us with a lot of information, including the history and geography of Latvia and how the political system works, both of which I found fascinating. There's a lot of the Latvian culture and customs to learn about, some of which I've learned over the years just being married to my husband.
Latvia A Guide Book, has a lot of information on Riga, the capital of Latvia, which we've been told so much about. There are helpful maps of the entire city, and then smaller sections with places of interest marked on each map. We also plan to travel through some of the smaller Latvian towns and the countryside, and hopefully find where my husband's brother still owns property. This travel guide has many beautiful colored pictures and very detailed information so we are highlighting important information for our trip.
Lastly, this travel guide to Latvia has lots of practical hints about traveling by car, how to maneuver through traffic, shopping, money, public transportation, language (no problem since my husband speaks fluent Latvian), banking and what to do in an emergency.
Sightseeing tours, day trips, boat trips, traveling through the countryside, it's all covered in this travel guide. I think it will take me several more readings to fully understand all the information provided in this guide-book. It is well written, easy to understand and navigate. It will definitely go with us when we take our trip.
I tried to go online and find where this Latvian Guide Book could be purchased, and the price, so I could pass that information on. I could only find it available second-hand from about 6 sources, and the prices listed were an unbelievable $90.00 to $103.00. We better make sure not to lose it!!
Also, I've included a picture of my husband's family in Latvia. Taken in early 1940, they were considered to be part of the well-to-do in their village, as their home contained the telephone and telegraph facility. Pictured on top are my husband's parents and in the middle are his grandparents and uncles.