"Travellers Latvia" takes you to the second largest of the Baltic States. Latvia is opening up its attractive lowlands and lakes to tourism, and its historic cities to business. The highlights include: In the capital, Riga, Swedish 17th century architecture vies for prominence with communist tower blocks; Latvian beer (the most drunk is Aldaris) is good; owing to the large numbers of Russians in Riga, so is the vodka; June Midsummer festivals throughout Latvia. You can head to the country for all-night revels involving bonfires, specially made cheeses and beers. Amber is a relatively good buy in any of the Baltics. The former Soviet outpost of Latvia is now a budget flight away, with direct flights to Riga International Airport from 47 UK and Ireland airports.