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Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Cesis August 29th 2014

Madona & Cesis Latvia 27 & 28 August We are now in Latvia after 2 hours going through the border at Terehova which is near Zilupe. It has been so very different being in Latvia compared with Russia; back to our alphabet, more English spoken, many camp sites for motor homes, excellent sign posting, easy to fine tourist offices, not the big distances to drive between towns, beautifully landscaped villages, back to the Euro, our GPS loves Europe(!), and lots of maps and information about special places to visit. I don't often compare countries because they are usually so different that it is unfair to compare, however we have immediately found it so much easier as soon as we entered Latvia. In saying all that, we wouldn't have missed seeing Russia for anything! As it was ... read more
Cesis Medieval Castle Latvia (12)
Madona eastern Latvia (1)
Madona eastern Latvia (2)

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Cesis July 23rd 2013

On Monday we rented a car in Riga and headed east. I was enjoying the scenery when ahead of us on the far side of the road a blue ball of light blazed outwards. Thoughts of aliens and superheroes flashed through my mind in the seconds it took for Keith to mention that the top of a tree had splintered off and fallen across the power lines. Sure enough, as we neared the spot, having slowed considerably, there were leaves and bits of branch scattered across the road. I was surprised it hadn't started a fire. We continued on to Segulda - an attractively laid-out town - and looked around the Livonian Order castle ruins and the New Sigulda Castle, which was more of a stately home, built by Prince Kropotkin in the early 20th century. ... read more
Turaida Castle
Folksong park
Folksong park

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Cesis October 13th 2010

Letztes Wochenende war ich in Cesis. Das ist eine kleiner Stadt ca. 80 km nord-östlich von Riga. Wir haben gute 2 Stunden mit dem Zug gebraucht (in Deutschland brauch ich für 45 km 35 min... ihr könnt euch vorstellen wie "schnell" die Züge hier fahren). Aber die lange Fahrt hat sich gelohnt. Das Örtchen Cesis ist sehr malerisch und hat eine sehr schöne Burganlage zu besichtigen (Rundgang mit Kerzen!!). Wieder belohnte uns das Wetter mit einem schönen Herbsttag. Leider kann man auf den Bildern die Farben der Blätter nicht so richtig sehen wie ich das gerne hätte. Der Herbst in Lettland ist wirklich einer der schönsten, den ich bisher gesehen habe. Viel gibt es zu dem Trip sonst nichts zu sagen, außer dass wir noch ne leckere Pizza gegessen haben ^^... read more
Kirche in Cesis
In der Burg
Der Lichtstrahl vom Fenster

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Cesis July 12th 2010

July 12 part 2 - The bus took about 45 minutes and put me there in Cesis around 4pm. So adventurous of me, as I normally think about going back to my hostel soon after that. I wanted to get the 6pm bus back to Riga, so I only had two hours to wander. I took some pictured of the church and then headed for the caste. So many in one day! But this one was also great. And had a free bathroom. So I went there first and washed my face in super cold water, which felt amazing. I am getting so tan, even with the sunscreen. But it's a farmer's tan. Anyway, when I started to head out they gave me a lantern with a candle in it to light the way inside the ... read more
Staue in from of church
Cesis castle ruins

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Cesis May 20th 2009

This might be the last Blog . we will be going into Russia on Tuesday for 18 days I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. - Mark Twain May 20, 2009, Wednesday, Riga City Campground to Sigulda, Gauja National Park, to Cesis, Latvia. It was about 50 kilometers to Sigulda from Riga. After strolling around this lovely town we enjoyed a hot lunch at the Black Cat bakery/cafeteria. It rained again last night and the weather is cloudy and chilly 40ish. There is a nice hiking/mountain biking trail that follows the Gauja River, so we hiked for several hours before starting off for Cesis. Cesis is a quaint town, tomorrow we will take a closer look. Meanwhile, ... read more
Trail markings along the Gauja River in Sigulda, Latvia
A hot lunch in Sigulda
Cesis Victory Monument, built in memory of fallen soldiers

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Cesis July 23rd 2007

Hello bloggers... well we are now in Cesis (pronounced Cheses) - a small medieval town (what else?) in the country side about 1.5 hours from Riga, the capital of Latvia. Since our last update we had a couple of days in the university town of Tartu in Estonia - just what hte guidbook said .. a leafy treelined town with history although we didn't really get the mystical ambiance they talked about... From there we hit Riga and were rather dissapointed. The UNESCO preserved town square appears to apply to only one building - the rest were either ugly Soviet monstrosities or modelrn glass towers.... most of the old town had newer buildings spread in amongst the old ones (not like Tallin whch was really special and old worldy). So we didn't stay long (apart ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Cesis May 3rd 2007

We started the day picking up supplies from a local supermarket in Sigulda, and buying breakfast from the bakery attached to our hotel. This turned out to be a game of chance, with many sweet-looking baked goods containing meat, savoury-looking ones containing fruit and some apparently containing both... Our first stop was the medieval town of Cesis. First up, we visited a castle where we were given hard hats and candle lanterns and pointed in the right direction to explore dungeons and towers. In one room we found a archeologist in a smithy using authentic methods to recreate ancient metalwork found on the site and from the surrounding regions. In the grounds, they also had the town's statue of Lenin, lying on it's side as a poignant reminder of soviet occupation. Afterwards, we sat in a ... read more
Cesis Castle Dungeon
Lenin statue
Dirt tracks

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Cesis January 25th 2006

As I updated the previous entries I am sitting in the same café I went to last night with Talitha. Our school visit was cancelled because their schedules are too packed due to school closings the past few days (because it was too cold for them!) so we have off until 1 pm. Since we are free I started the day off with a long PT and some good cheap coffee. I feels so privileged to be here living, truly living a wonderful great adventure. It may not always be easy but I can boldly keep going, knowing God is directing my path which will ultimately be to His glory. I never thought I would be sitting in a coffee house in Cesis, Latvia. How cool! And is it just because I said, “Here I am ... read more
Road Sign

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Cesis January 24th 2006

After a quick breakfast of porridge and homemade strawberry jam, we all pilled into the vans to return to Latvia. We got to the location of our next concert without any mishaps. It was just a travel day so once we go there we had the day off until a youth meeting at night. Talitha and I went to a café where we each had a cup of hot chocolate and a slice of cake for approximately $4. Then we looked around the cute snow covered town. At the youth meeting (their youth leader is a formed JR Soldier) a few of us took turns speaking to encourage the youth. I spoke about the car incident, Elisa spoke about waiting on God to renew your strength, and Kaspars B gave his testimony (how God delivered him ... read more

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