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Gobsmacked in Riga

August 1st 2016
<em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Day 191 Wednesday 27th July 2016 – Tartu to Riga Easy day today, with us taking our time packing and checking out at 11.30. Had a walk through this pretty town again and then sat in the park for a while to enjoy the ambience. Ended up in one of the shopping malls and decided to catch a movie, and couldn’t believe that ... read more
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Latvian Flag After a brief period of independence between the two World Wars, Latvia was annexed by the USSR in 1940. It reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of... ... read more
1st August 2016

Perfect or grody?
Coming from a David Lynch, Disneyland town, I love them--can't be too perfect for me. No trash all around or touts, flamboyant Art Nouveau and restorations rather than replacing bombed-out buildings with modern concrete--count me in. And don't knock the little old ladies at their organ concert, I went for it when there. Here in Arequipa, Peru, they restored the cathedral's organ after 10 years of work, but they've no one to play it. Have to bring someone in from the capital--duh. But I loved Riga (and Arequipa), and so happy you did too, with those little caveats.
2nd August 2016

Arty Newview
Never understood what Art Nouveau meant till I came to Riga, but then again, maybe I still don't understand it. Riga is fabulous and you are right about no trash and touts, it is almost perfect.

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