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Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga August 13th 2012

Riga was a place denied to us in December 2010 when due to the snow fall in London Heathrow Airport went to shut down and we spent two nights sleeping in the airport and another week in Slough waiting for a flight. We vowed to see it next time we were in the area! Arriving in a city with high expectations is always a little dangerous as you are nearly always disappointed, like we were in Riga. In fact I think it is better to arrive without expectation and be surprised. We spent the first day walking around the old town area which to be honest was a little underwhelming (the overcast weather didn't help). We did have high expectations, but it came across extremely touristy (somewhat expected), restored to the point of looking shiny and ... read more
The Three Brothers
Mikaela in Riga Old Town
National Opera House

Europe » Latvia July 24th 2012

Hoy he estado desayunando con dos franceses que andan de viaje un anno, con la bici y con el perro. He tenido algo de resaca porque ayer tambien estuvimos bebiendo vino blanco de letonia, mejora un poco si le pones sirope de pinna... Al final he salido casi a las 12. Las primeras horas viento fuerte en contra, luego ha parado y ha hecho bastante calor. A eso de las 8 me he puesto a buscar un camping pero no he encontrado ninguno y he tenido que seguir hasta Riga. Lo tĂ­pico cuando te acercas a una gran ciudad, que en los Ășltimos km no hay donde parar y tienes que tirar hasta el centro. Ah, y he encontrado una tenda de bicis fantastica en Salacgriva, pequenna como un quiosco de prensa pero todo super bien ... read more
super frontera
playa

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga July 16th 2012

On my trip from Waeszawa to Vilnius I met a psychiatrist on her way to a conference with colleagues from all over the world in Lithuania. She had not travelled much in her life.No time for she had to bring up het 6 kids. I asked hobby or accident? No she just liked it. For her it was already an adventure to go by train from Germany to Vilnius. When we found out there was no connecting train she did not like the adventure so much anymore. Sunday I visited the old town of Vilnius. Lithuania was the last great pagan state in Eastern Europe to be converted to christianity in 1387.Vilnius, another unesco worldheritage site, has many churches but only one that goes really back to 1387. Beautifull old town with good renovations.The churches are ... read more
The strange Panini

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga July 15th 2012

Saturday I left 6.45 to Warszawa centralna station. A huge monster of a building with constant renovations since the station had been finished in 1975. With a delay of 50 minutes just loading the train to Sestokai with too many people and too much luggage incl plastic washing basins and all other things you can imagine for over an hour we left.The normal train cabin in Europe and elswhere has for this long distance trains 6 seats however in Poland 8. In my cabin the other 7 spoke very good polish. At the stations you see that people in Poland are still used to bring their friends or family to the train and pick them up as well. Is this only to carry the huge luggages?At Suwalki most of the passengers left the train and after ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga July 15th 2012

Friday I stayed in Warszawa city of Statues. All their old and new heroes but also Mr Reagon are to be seen all over the city.Did some sightseeing in the centre and the old town, an Unesco world heritage site ,and had a 2 hours panoramic tour by coach. Compared to three years ago not much difference only they keep building new offices, houses, stations but still an awful lot of old communist style buildings. In Waeszawa you ee like everywhere in Poland still lots of priests and nuns , young and old and churches are full/... read more
racing in front of the hop on hop off coach
one of the many statues

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga July 12th 2012

I didn't think these photos were good enough for the main blog ...... read more
Riga - The Baltic Festival
Riga - The Baltic Festival
Riga - The Baltic Festival

Europe » Latvia » Zemgale Region July 9th 2012

After an early breakfast, I rushed to the supermarket in order to buy some lunch and then made my way, with my luggage, to the waiting coach. An hour after leaving, the bus pulled into Rundales Palace, last used by the Soviets as offices. It was built between 1736 and 1740 as a summer residence of Duke Ernst Johann of Courland, one of whose descendants was Gaston Palewski (of Nancy Mitford fame). After viewing the house, with its interesting variations in decorations, I took lunch in the garden before getting back to the bus ... and Lithuania.... read more
Rundales Pils
The Gold Hall
Ceiling Detail

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga July 8th 2012

Today, I did no sightseeing whatsoever. Indeed, I did very little, except sit in the sun and listen to jazz ...... read more
Blackhead's House - Main Entrance
Small Guild

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Jurmala July 7th 2012

Breakfast at the weekend starts an hour later. The shops open at the same time breakfast starts. I only had 45 mins to go to the shops to buy a packed lunch, pack a rucksack and have breakfast. The breakfast lost! Three cups of coffee and some heavy black bread would have to suffice. Set off for the station in the early morning heat and, on arrival, realised that I didn't know the Latvian for Ticket Office! Having eventually bought a ticket, the nice lady in the office informed me that I needed to leave from Platform 3 - the only problem was that I didn't know the Latvian for Platform 3! Well, the 3 was easy, but there were quite a few "Something" 3! Finally, by walking towards the tracks, it became obvious where the ... read more
Kemeri Station
Little Orthodox Church
Love Isle - clearly seen better days




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