Once called the “Paris of the North,” Latvia’s capital, Riga, is a vibrant city once again. Now known as “The Baltic Hub,” it is easy to see why. Before Soviet occupation in 1940, the city was one of the most important ports in Northern Europe because of its proximity to The Baltic Sea. The city was so influential at one stage, Napoleon described it as a “suburb of London, ”as it was a major trader with England and France.
For most of us, a salt and pepper shaker is nothing more than something that sits on our dinner table to use to season our food. But for Linda Thomson, mother of three and grandmother of six, collecting salt and pepper shakers of all different shapes, sizes, designs, ages and materials, was her passion in life. With hundreds of different varieties from pineapples to poker machines, toucans and telephones to Betty Boop, Linda’s collection can enlighten us about the world’s cultural values and perspectives.