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Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga June 27th 2008

OK, so I took the long cab ride into the Old Town of Riga. Pretty easy to find the hostel--Argonaut Hostel. On the way, saw lots of Soviet-style buildings, many with spraypaint all over them. The nightlife around this part of the Old Town seems to be really good, but I got in and showered and went to bed pretty soon. It was past 1:30am when I tried to hit the sack. Not a great night of sleep--but interesting. 10 beds in my room and I was on an upper bunk. 2 guys were sleeping already and the other people slowly came in--some making noise!. I got up this am 1st of course--at about 7:45. Just checking the computer and heading out to see the city early. Their money is actually worth more than ours and ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga June 27th 2008

OK, so I thought it would take all day to see the sights in the Old City, but nope. First grabbed an omelet and got an espresso in a nice little pub. Then, I took some advice and made the first elevator up to the top of St. Peter's Churhc and was the only one up on top of the tower. Great view of the whole city, but cold and windy up there. When I went down, the line was so long for the next rides up. Pretty cool to have the whole top of the tower to myself. Next I went to the Freedom Monument. Marks Latvia's independence in the early 1900's. It was illegal to put flowers near it during the Soviet occupation though. Now it is a symbol of their independence again. Was ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga June 26th 2008

Hello, After the miserable night bus ride, we arrived in Vilnius, Lithuania. Night busses are the bane of our existance, but sometimes they are out of necessity as was mentioned in the lat blog post. We arrived in Vilnius around 6am, and we trudged over to our hostel which was called the VB Sleep Inn. The hostel is essentially an overgrown house where you have to take your shoes off at the door and everyone hangs out and talks to each other. It was a great atmosphere. We dropped off our luggage and started walking around Vilnius which is supposed to have the largest Old Town in Eastern Europe. All of it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This trip feels a bit like a UNESCO tour! Unfortunatly, we arrived there during the aftermath of the ... read more

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Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga May 30th 2008

Prior to easter 2005, I was searching for a destination for a European city break which would provide a travel experience to a relatively-unknown city on a favourable budget, and came up with the idea of visiting Tallinn, in Estonia, where I spent 4 inspiring days over easter of that year. After that enjoyable trip, I vowed to return to the region in order to check out the rest of what the Baltic States had to offer, and the next port of call was the Latvian capital city, Riga. By and large, Riga is considered to be Baltic States' main hub of activity, and upon arrival, a few brief glances around the cityscape in downtown Riga revealed hints of what treats the city had in store. Pre-departure background reading about the destination enabled me to gain ... read more
Art Nouveau building
House of the Blackheads

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga May 18th 2008

Hi guys, Another blog entry since we have free (albiet very slow and unreliable) internet access at our guesthouse here in Riga. I thought Vilinus in Lithuania was beautiful, well Riga is even more so. The buildings and architecture here are totally amazing. They are definitley restoring the city to its former glory, the communists really did not do much to enhance the beauty of the place. We arrived yesterday to find it was some sort of special festival for the beginning of summer with music and stalls etc. This weekend was also museum weekend, once a year when all the museums are free - fab! It has been particularly useful today as it has been grey and a bit wet. Such a change after over 2 weeks of glorious sun. In Vilinus, and now here ... read more
hill of crosses

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga May 16th 2008

Het was leuk om even terug te zijn in Belgiƫ maar onze voeten begonnen te jeuken en het werd tijd om terug te vertrekken. Om middernacht landen we in Riga. Te laat voor de bus nemen we een taxi naar het Elisabeth Hostel. We vermoeden dat de bestuurder ervan droomt de Letse Senna te worden. De straten van Riga zijn gelukkig niet zijn Imola. Een supervriendelijke madam ontvangt ons met een brede glimlach op dit nachtelijke uur. De dag erop gaan we na een goede nachtrust de stad verkennen. We lopen wat rond in de Oude stad. Het is er niet groot (om niet te zeggen piepklein). Alles is recentelijk gerenoveerd en in perfecte staat. Eeuwenoude gebouwen zien er nieuw uit en zijn mooi opgeblonken. Het lijkt een beetje onecht. Het is wat zielloos. Onze inkopen ... read more
Bremer stadsmuzikanten
Oude stad

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga April 24th 2008

(Day 20 on the road) When Latvians go to the sauna, they keep their swimsuits on. I found this out the hard way when I was standing stark-naked in the middle of the main room of the sauna, with everyone else being dressed and staring at me as if I was the first guy they had seen without clothes in their entire life's. Well, the people I had asked to find this place never mentioned that fact to me, so... Altogether though, it was a very relaxing afternoon. Especially the "salt sauna", where there was a huge basket full of salt to rub your skin with, was perfect. Riga itself stroke me as being slightly more cosmopolitan than Vilnius, but also very pretty. I also found Riga to me more spread-out: Whereas Vilnius' Old City concentrated ... read more
Riga main square
Orthodox Church in Riga
Train-station at sunset near Riga

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga April 14th 2008

Well here is a place I have wanted to go to for a long time, and was really impressed by the city and its history. I went to a museum in Estonia on the occupation of the Baltic States but you didn't see as much there as you did in Riga the capital. As for the history of the area is,well I think this would tell it better then I could (I know but its true and you all know it..) Any way there were all sorts of things to see and do in Riga you could even go out to a Soviet Bunker and shoot a AK-47 but the guide was out of town for the weekend so I went to a outdoor museum. I know its not as good of a choice but ... read more
Freedom Monument
This is just the begining of this kind of stuff I hope you know this....

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