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The Baltic wind will nip at you as you walk through the city of Liepaja, the place where many Latvians believe the wind begins. Its howl may be the inspiration for the music capital of the Baltic Sea coast, but it could equally be the 500 kilometres of white sandy coastline. Test the theory with an evening at the Liepaja symphony orchestra followed by a night in one of the restaurants or bars of the city centre, then a midnight stroll along the beach. Or, try it at a different pace with a night at one of the city's rock music festivals, then back to the beach to bathe your dancing feet in the Baltic Sea.Latvia has more than just coastline, its interior offers a glimpse into the grim and not-so-distant past.  Karosta is a unique former secret military town, a fascinating place in which to discover the country's former soviet past. There are also the dense forests, covering half of Latvia, where your explorations will have you wandering trails to where national parks rule the landscape.…

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