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We arrived in Kuressaare on a stormy day. A storm had just flooded Pärnu and the waves were so high that I felt sick on the ferry. To be honest, I often feel sick on ferries, even when others can’t feel the movement of the ship at all. But that day was grey and stormy and when I went to the deck for a minute, the wind almost blew my hat off.

So you can imagine our first impression of Kuressaare. Rainy, windy and grey. Fortunately, we had booked a room in a spa hotel and could spend the rest of the day relaxing in a whirlpool. The next day was much better. After a bit of rain in the morning, we were left with a whole day of sunshine.…

Latvia

Cesis is one of Latvia’s most beautiful towns and one that you shouldn’t miss out on. Indeed, it’s so pretty that you should put it on your travel itinerary right away.

And you don’t even need to have a lot of time because it’s easy to visit Cesis as a day trip from Riga. Of course, it’s nicer to stay for the night, because then you’ll have enough time to explore the whole area. But if you’re short on time (or visiting in winter, when it’s cold and gloomy), just come for the day. It takes about two hours to come here and you have the choice between going by bus or by train.

While Cesis is small, it has enough attractions to keep you occupied for at least a day. …

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