Travel Blogs from Saulkrasti
... and then enjoyed these as we walked through the halls (former airship hangars) which were lined with all sorts of fruit, veg, meat and fish. Outside the market continued with clothes and shoes. Beyond this is the Science Academy of Riga, also known as Stalin's birthday cake, as it resembles a Soviet style Empire State Building. It even has subtle hammers and sickles. There is a memorial to the citizens of Latvians who hid Jews during World War Two. It is a ...
... also just a ruin, like many other ruins.
Barley and ice cream
Back in the "city center" of Sigulda, Luis showed us where you can buy 17 cent ice creams, and then dropped us at the train station.
I now know my way around Riga a bit better, so I steered Kate clear of the old town and we headed to the outskirts of the new center, where we found the hip and happening restaurant EcoCatering in between some dilapidated but very cool old ...
... and its relatively recent history, everyone should visit the museum, which is free- a donation is welcome. In the evening we walked away from the touristy inner town area and found a local restaurant overlooking the Daugava river and obviously popular with locals. Here we had a cheap meal and listened to karaoke hosted by a 60 plus DJ who played a disparate array of 70-80's western music, along with Latvian favorites sung by a local old age ...
... door with a coin slot! At least the sink was free. Bellies full, we set about seeing Viktorija's Riga. I say this as my kind hosts always ask me before I arrive what I want to see? I simply respond, I want to see YOUR city through YOUR eyes.
We left the old city, crossed Akmens bridge over the Daugava River. On the other side, we turned right and found an embankment, Viktorija's pace slowed, ...
... a shack like structure surrounded by trees and a winding path beckoning into an overgrown clump of vegetation. A nearby crow cawwed us a threatening welcome. There were definite and unsettling parallels between Saulkrasti and the setting of the Blair Witch Project.
We dutifully followed the path after confusing the shop owner with a series of "swimming" mimes, passing a number of bleak and grey factories until we finally saw it - the Baltic ...
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Free parking
- Pets allowed