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... paid to Majori. I thought he might try to fine us, but luckily, he only needed us to pay an extra dollar. I made a similar mistake in Italy and they fined me about $50. We never did see the beautiful wooden houses or the nicer beach but at least we could laugh about it later.
That night, we went to the Rockabilly House for live Rockabilly. Deanne has been on a quest to see some and we finally found it. It was a ...
... shops seem to do a bustling trade in it.
I'd intended to be in Riga for a few days, and to visit the surrounding towns and national parks and see more of Latvia. Unfortunately, circumstances being what they were, I only had about twelve hours to see the city. So, tired as I was, I decided to make the most of it and set out to explore.
Riga's Old Town is actually very nice. It's bigger than Vilnius, but still pretty compact and can be walked from one end to the ...
... found out what the deal was with the snails. Apparently, there is a desire to open a contemporary art museum in Riga, since there's no such space now, and the process for deciding this has been taking a really long time. So some group decided to call attention to this by just putting brightly colored snails all over town. I think we actually found all 14 of them!
Architecturally, Riga has one of the most concentrated examples of Art Nouveau in ...
... gear, TV remote controls, passports of dead people or Nazi memorabilia.
I'm not kidding. As I wrote when I was in Warsaw, they used to have something similar but it was knocked down ages ago to accommodate the Olympic stadium. Vilnius still has theirs, but you may recall that the area got a little too dodgy just as I got there, so I turned around and went back. Nothing stopped me this time. Our guide only gave us ten or so minutes to browse around and ...
... and light stones to demarcate zebra crossings. The fact that even zebra crossings are made from stone gives one the feeling that they are building their infrastructure to last a thousand years. This size cobbles are used to surface many of the roads in Helsinki, and Riga, Tallinn is mostly so old that it mostly uses the revolutionary form.
The hardest cobbles to lay must be the pavement slabs, these vary in size, generally about ...