CULTURE

President of Latvia and wife on official and private visits to Athens

In the past five years Latvian president Vaira Vike-Freiberga and her husband, Professor Imants Freibergs, have visited the Vorres Museum twice during their official visits to Greece, and once more on their summer vacation. Latvian Prime Minister Einars Repse also visited the museum and its superb gardens in April 2003. Now, the president’s son Karlis and his wife Linda are following in the parental footsteps. The young couple, who are spending a two-week vacation in Athens, love the place and people. «We are both enthusiastic about our first trip to Greece. We had heard a lot from my parents and they were right. We don’t know any other country where people are so kind and well-disposed to strangers,» said Freibergs. Fluent in six languages, he works as an advisor to the president’s secretariat and writes his mother’s speeches. Vorres Museum founder and former mayor of Paeania Ion Vorres is recovering from a serious operation so the visitors were shown around by his grandchildren, Nektarios and Anastasios, who are both university students.