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Digital Subscriptions > Lonely Planet Traveller (UK) > May 2018 > ROVING THE BALTIC: ESTONIA TO LATVIA


Take a drive through the crossroads of two mighty European powers: Estonia and Latvia twist their own brand of Northern culture with a history steeped in millennia.

At a dinner in Riga over a decade ago, as I pushed around a slab of grey pork and side of boiled potatoes, I learned that the Latvian language – one of the oldest tongues still spoken on the planet – has no word for ‘mountain’. The term kalns, or hill, serves as the best substitute, as there are no true mountains in the entire region; no borrowed term has been added to the local lexicon. And there’s really no need for one: the entirety of the Baltic shield is blanketed by an undulating current of towering pine.

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In the May issue… hop from one blissful Greek island to another on a Great Escape to the Northeast Aegean; find what's new out of the workshops, kitchens and performing spaces of Amsterdam's most innovative locals; follow in the footsteps of the pioneering Victorian-era traveller Lady Florence Dixie through the wilds of Chilean Patagonia; discover some of the world's best architecture from the 20th and 21st centuries; and much more

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