December 2, 2002
This really is an outdoors kind of place and we found the best way to get there was via a direct train from Riga (about a 1 hour journey costing next to nothing). Once there, the distances are small, as are the hills, so cycling is a good option allowing you to see all of the sights comfortably in 4 or 5 hours and still squeezing in plenty of stops to eat and relax.
The river valley is dotted with curiously named caves and there are a couple of castles worth nosing around if you're interested in medieval history. Otherwise, the main aim of the day is to enjoy the great outdoors. We were surprised at how warm it was in July - afternoon temperatures hovered around the 30+ Celcius mark!!
From journal Riga - 'Gateway to Latvia'