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Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Sigulda June 29th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! My final day in Latvia was certainly enough to equal, maybe even top, my last day in Lithuania! I left together with my host Katrina and then we split up as she went to her office and I headed to the bus station to catch a bus to Sigulda. The connections there are excellent, the bus was nice and only cost 2.5 euro and took one hour and 15 minutes. As I left the bus it was a feeling of ready set go and I immediately headed for Siguldas Viduslaiku Pils, a castle that used to belong to the Livonian Order. I knew that time would be a bit of the essence today because I only had about seven hours in Sigulda until the last bus back to Riga. Sigulda has no ... read more
Siguldas Viduslaiku Pils
Siguldas Baznīca
Siguldas Jaunā Pils

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Sigulda July 1st 2015

Today Pam and I biked 31 miles for a total of 424 miles. Started partly cloudy, but eventually partly sunny. Very good biking weather. Had a tailwind for a short time. Had a nice breakfast at Igate Pils. Left at 9:11 am. Road did not have much of a shoulder, but most drivers were respectful of us. Made good time. Stopped at Brinini castle. One of many castles in this area. Built in the beginning of the 11th century, but the current building is from the 18th century. Beautiful grounds and buildings. A Big manmade lake in front of it. Storks have taken up residence in one of the towers. They called to us by smacking their bills together rapidly. Later made it to the Turaidas Pils complex. There is much to see here. Lots of ... read more
The entrance to Brinini Pils
Storks taking residence in of the towers of Brinini Pils
Brinini Pils

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

Sigulda near Riga in Latvia 29 August 2014 After finishing some emails and blogging and watching all the group Dutch motor homes slowly leave the camp site at Cesis, we drove to Sigulda which is about 50kms NE of Latvia's capital, Riga. And hooray, the roads were excellent. Located in the picturesque Gauja valley, with its steep banks and cliffs, Sigulda has become known as the 'Switzerland of Latvia'.....without the mountains. We got our maps of the area from the tourist office again. We saw the following: Turaida castle was about 4km outside of Sigulda. It's been rebuilt in the Soviet area and now houses exhibition space and a small café. It also has fabulous views over the valley and the river. Gutmanis cave lies half-way between Sigulda and Turaida castle and has a little creek ... read more
Sigulda Castle complex in Latvia - the old castle (9)
Gutman's Cave and Guaja National Park in Sigulda in Latvia (1)
Gutman's Cave and Guaja National Park in Sigulda in Latvia (3)

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Sigulda January 21st 2013

21.01 I arrived to Riga by Ecolines at 10-30; the bus had wi-fi and power receptacles so I managed to use the computer for a while. I bought a bus ticket to Sigulda and, while driving there, saw most magnificent views of fir trees like brides clothed in luxurious fluffy snow-white wedding dresses, everything clear white, and the road looking like a long white tunnel. The weather was so excellent I looked forward to skiing – just imagine skiing among such beautiful firs and pines under a shining sun! As I walked to Livonija guest house I noticed the quiet filling the air, and only a rare car would break the silence or a still rarer person would pass me by. The population of Sigulda is about 10 thousand, if I remember it right. I hope ... read more
Pilsetas Trase
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Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Sigulda July 6th 2012

Before breakfast, headed to the supermarket to buy packed lunch. What a start to the day! Left the hotel at 08h45 and walked to the bus station in order to catch the 09h20. Though due to arrive at 10h30, traffic jams in Riga meant that the bus didn't reach the city boundary until 45 minutes after departure, eventually arriving in Sigulda at 10h50, quite a bit later than planned. Before doing anything else, decided to buy an ice-cream once in Sigulda as it was already so hot. Then set off for the walk to the cable car, passing some pretty gardens and odd sculptures. The first set of (250) stairs down to the river took me through some very cooling trees, the route being fairly mosquito free. Having crossed the river though, the walk up to ... read more
The first 250 steps
Kimulda (Ruined) Castle
View to Turaida Castle

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

July 12 part 1 - Happy Birthday me. I was saving today's day trip for my birthday in the hopes that it would be a good one. It was. I decided to get up early because I was hoping to make it to two different towns in one day. Really ambitious for an old lady, I know. I got on the 8:10am bus to Sigulda and was there by 9:15. I knew it would have to be a good day as the song I heard playing on the bus when I got on was The Never ending Story, from the movie of the same name. Love it. The bus station had a mini version of my favorite place, the info office, so I asked about the best route and she gave me a map and highlighted ... read more
First view of castle
Make-believe
Church on walk

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Sigulda June 18th 2010

Voor ik de fiets buiten zet, ga ik even te voet naar de supermarkt voor de daginkopen. Dit gedaan, neem ik afscheid van Geoff. Deze was precies blij dat ik vertrok, had ik de indruk. Ik steek terug de brug over en ontbijt in het centrum op een pleintje. Hier eet ik een gebakje dat gevuld is met vis, dit smaakt me totaal niet! Via vele eenrichtingsstraten verlaat ik het centrum. In deze straten is er toch verkeer in beide richtingen. Dit snap ik niet goed. Na de echte kern verlaten te hebben, rijd ik nog gedurende lange tijd over een lange, drukke monotone baan. Uiteindelijk ga dit bosrijker gebied in maar er passeren nog geregeld vrachtwagens. Ik krijg ook nog gezelschap van een zwerm vliegen die je zot maken als je stopt! Gelukkig kan ik ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Sigulda May 3rd 2010

After 4 days back at work from my last holiday, I was back in the air again as Ben and I went off to explore Ireland. We flew into an overcast morning in Dublin and after finding our hostel, I played tour guide as Ben had never been to Dublin, or Ireland before. We walked through the streets and explored the main sights before the inevitable happened and we wandered over to the Guiness factory to take the tour (me for the second time). The tour was brilliant once again and we spent an hour or so at the bar on top of the factory, looking out over the city as we enjoyed our free pints. Following that, we wandered the Medieval and Viking Quarter before finding a pub to settle down and watch some football. ... read more
View over Dublin
St James Gate
Remembrance

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Sigulda August 29th 2009

After a reasonably refreshing night’s sleep, we awoke ready for a foray into our second national park, Gauja. We packed the appropriate rain gear (Rīga and the surrounding area apparently gets quite a lot of precipitation) and had a hearty breakfast of yogurt, fruit, bread, and hard-boiled quail eggs. Yes, quail eggs. We’ve seen them in a handful of supermarkets, packed in their own little containers, and just couldn’t resist buying some. Unsurprisingly, they taste like eggs, but perhaps just a little . . . smokier? Fortified with nutrients, we packed our small backpack and headed to the train station. There’s a route that heads directly east from Rīga and drops off in Sigulda, essentially at the start of our intended hike, and how could we say no to a train trip? The train itself was ... read more
Sigulda's Symbol
New Sigulda
Cave Graffiti

Europe » Latvia » Vidzeme Region » Sigulda September 7th 2008

After a couple of days in Riga we decided that it was time to see some greenery and head to the countryside, so we jumped on a train and headed to Sigulda in the Guaja National Park, 50km east of Riga. Arriving in the early afternoon, we had plenty of time to explore the little town. We stumbled across the 'bobsleigh' run, which we had a couple of goes on, although i wasn't too keen on the chair lift back to the top! This is sport number three in the Evans training for 2012, never content with a steady run, Tom insisted on flying to the end, although the dismount was less graceful! After an afternoon of physical activities, we found the local cafe for a cold wet refreshment, and being only 75p a pint, we ... read more
Sigulda Station
Turmaida Castle from a distance
Dry Bobsleigh




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