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May 19, 2019 - Riga

Riga, the capital and largest city in Latvia with a population of about 650,000, founded in 1201, having been ruled by Russia, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Polish-Lituania, and many Dukedoms made it an interesting place to visit. Steeped in over 800 years of history, Old Riga is the heart and soul of Latvia’s capital. Many nations have helped build this unique place as well as figures from Peter the Great to Richard Wagner. Magnificent churches and architectural masterpieces like the House of Blackheads, St Peter’s Church, its cobblestone...

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Our trip to Valnius

Jul 1, 2018 - State Day & 100 Yrs of Freedom in Riga

A day to use as we please. Suggestions include imbibing a lot of food (dairy products, pastries (savoury and sweet), local beer or visit Jurmala - coastal villages with long sandy beaches and the ethnographic museum of wooden architecture. Hanza Hotel. Started a little later than usual with nearly just us ie the group, for hotel breakfast. A dull, overcast and very windy, cold day (maximum 13o whilst 30o in London). Sue and I walked to the canal boat which took us out but not on to the Daugava River as it was too rough (for a reduced...

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Jun 30, 2018 - Exploring Riga

Despite a third of Latvia's population being in Riga, the most important sites are in a small area best explored on foot. It's a beautiful Hanseatic city on the banks of the Daugava River with a fascinating skyline of spires, towers and weather vanes. We will visit the Freedom Monument, Gunpowder Tower, St Jacob's Church and the cathedral. Lots of restoration in recent years so gothic buildings are juxtaposed with baroque architecture together with art nouveau reflect affluence. Also a lively market with traditional produce eg smoked fish,...

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Jun 16, 2018 - Rambunctious Riga

Preparing for our taxi to the airport at 4 am, I zipped up my backpack all too easily. What? I did a double take. The entire seam had ripped open between the fabric and the zipper, leaving about a five inch gap. Arg! What to do?? I managed to locate our sewing kit, and spent the next 20 minutes frantically stitching up the hole, finishing just as I heard the taxi driving up the street. Will it hold up on the plane? How will the rest of the seams bear up? I did NOT want to deal with all of this so early in the morning. Pre-coffee....

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Sep 27, 2017 - Riga

A completely free day in Riga. Started by catching the trolleybus to the Riga Central markets which is the second largest market in Europe and housed in four Zeppelin hangars. Was blown away by the berry & mushroom selection -especially the plump, juicy raspberries at 2.50 Euro for half a kilo. Wandered back through the Old Town and then to the Art Nouveau district. Went into the Art Nouveau Museum, which has an apartment restored to how it was in 1903

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Beijing to Berlin

Sep 27, 2017 - Riga- Capital Of Latvia

Day 17 - Wednesday 27th September Once again we were the only campers there. We haven't seen a motorhome since we left Vilnius. We were up early as usual & after a shower in the main building we spent a couple of hours wandering round the forest ski & bike trails, picking up a few geocaches along the way. Really lovely & peaceful with the early morning sun coming through the trees. The mushroom pickers would have had a field day as the ground was littered with various types. Would have picked some ourselves if we had known which were the...

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The Baltic States

Sep 26, 2017 - Tallinn to Riga

Travelled from Tallinn to Riga by luxury coach this morning. In the afternoon went on a guided tour of Riga for a couple of hours. Riga was founded in 1201 and has been occupied by a number of different nations which has influenced it's history & architecture. Tried Latvia's National drink (when in Riga...), Black Balsam - tasted like cough medicine!

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Beijing to Berlin

Sep 1, 2017 - Riga, Latvia

Before I talk about Latvia, I will note that three months and 13 countries later I only have two stamps in my passport. Why is this? The Schengen Agreement. Had to look this one up. It's an agreement of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and other border controls. So people can move freely between countries. True, the Swedish and Norwegian customs people questioned us, but I believe that was more for customs issues like bringing in tobacco or alcohol for resale or drugs. The bus ride through both Estonia and Latvia was...

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Apr 28, 2017 - Best Riga Tourist Attraction

You land in Riga and you find yourself surrounded by azure blue skies and a historical atmosphere stretching from the Middle Ages to the still visible spectres of the Soviet Union. So warm, welcoming and beautiful, one can effortlessly slip into the easy camaraderie and laidback ambience of this exotic haven. Nevertheless, don't let go of the explorer in you as Riga has much to offer in terms of its sights, attractions, adventure, and cultural activities. Riga continues to increase as a popular destination for a city break with much to...

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Baltic Love

Aug 22, 2016 - Hello from Riga

Welcome to my first newsletter for my 7 week trip to Europe. I left Sydney early Wednesday morning on Korean Air with my friend Helen Broinowski for an overnight stay at Seoul. I like Korean Air as they put you up overnight for a much needed sleep, reducing the flight time to Europe to two legs of about 11 hours, arriving at each destination late afternoon. Plenty of leg room in economy and good service. Flew into Frankfurt where we had only one day - not a city I consider worth spending much time in although there is interesting...

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Pam's Europe 2016

Jul 28, 2016 - Riga, Latvia

German crusaders arrived in 1201 and dominated the region for eight centuries. After a short period of self-determination in the early 20th century, Nazi Germany and then Soviet Russia occupied the country until the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 that finally gave Latvia its enduring independence. It was amazing to see how quickly Riga has progressed and seems much like the other historic capitals of Europe we have visited. RADISSON BLU HOTEL LATVIJA This modern high rise hotel is at the eastern edge of the city center facing a...

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Aug 20, 2014 - Riga, Latvia August 19-20

19 August 2014 Left Tallinn early for Riga the capital of Latvia. The bus was very luxurious - wi-fi, Internet, movies, TV, reclining seats with loads of legroom, toilet, tea/coffee machine. A pleasant 5 hour journey through lots of pine forests and farmlands which appeared to be cattle. One brief stop at a town called Saabuvad. Riga is experiencing a new Renaissance as the capital of Latvia, and many large-scale restoration projects on old buildings have made Riga one of the most attractive cities in Europe. The historic centre of Riga is...

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