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Travel Blogs from Riga
Right before Christmas 2013 I went to Riga, Latvia. We lived in the old part of the city, and it is the most beautiful city I have ever seen. We also went to the new part, and you could see the poverty, but also this part was pretty. I didn't put down my camera once I was outside my hotel. It was snowing and the old town was dressed and ready for christmas! There was several Christmas markets and we went to two of them. They sold home made ...
... of girls from Finland and we joked about me going there one day to visit, they said I should come in winter because it is cold, dark and depressing; so I did.
A 12 hour cruise across the Baltic sea from Stockholm and you arrive in Turku Finland. It is the first time I have been on any type of cruise ship so I thought the boat was pretty cool but most of all I liked going outside and watching the boat crash through the ice. In the Stockholm and the ...
... Era the monument was saved from destruction but the symbolism was changed. The Copper lady was now supposed to be Mother Russia and the three stars were supposed to represent the three Baltic States which were now the Baltic Soviet Republics.
Among other landmarks we came across:
- Sculpture of the Town Musicians of Bremen. The sculpture features four animals, a Donkey, a Dog, a Cat and a Rooster standing ...
... circuit and we are dropped at the centre of the old city for a walking tour with our guide.
The starting point for the walking tour is adjacent to the "Museum of Occupation" and our guide spends a few minutes giving us a bit of a download of what the situation was like under the Soviets. I have to say that there is not a lot of rancour in they way they tell the story, but you get the clear impression that while they may eventually start to forgive ...
... so) bright and early, and made our way to a cafe for breakfast before embarking on the walking tour. The walking tour was really cool, we went outside the Old Town and saw lots of Riga including the central market, the black market, Riga's Soviet Palace of Culture & Science (which was so little compared to the one in Warszawa!), and the former KGB headquarters. Our also guide explained the difference between Riga's art nouveau architecture and ...
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