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... just cruise around the city.
We just got back from wandering around the Art Nouveau district here. Wow. Some of these buildings are amazing. Many need some repair, but there are a lot that are in great shape. Some are embassies or consulates. I loved the Spanish Embassy and the law school building. We went to the Art Nouveau museum, which was the first floor apartment of a beautifully restored building and had period ...
... ummm…Diet coke :) The rest of them also tried some local food and all reported that it was delightful.
At this point we were getting a little close to ‘on board’ time, so we headed back to the ship.
Entertainment tonight was “Invitation to Dance” featuring the ship’s singers and dancers. Basic, fun entertainment that capped our night and sent us to bed to get ready for Klaipeda, Lithuania ...
... Jakob's, had its bell placed outside of the steeple because people had to hear it from very far away. It was to be rung in case of emergencies. Legend has it that it would also always be rung if an unfaithful wife walked by. Toms said that never happens, so there must be no unfaithful wives in Riga. But on one of his tours once, the bell did ring as he passed by with his group, so he decided not to tell this story so he wouldn't get a heart-attack.
... fill their outdoor seating.
That will soon change, though. It hadn't really occurred to me until I looked it up, but I'm now way further north than my hometown in the UK. In fact Riga is about on a par with Edinburgh. It's September now, the best of the weather is behind us and soon it'll be like being back in Whistler.
Next year Latvia is due to switch over from it's currency (the Lat) to the Euro and I think that's a shame. It is, to my ...
... palace itself was humongous and the gardens astonishing. At one point, it belonged to a lover of Catherine the Great, she had given it to him as a gift (judging from the size and the lavishness of the place, he must've been exceptionally good at loving). And a brave lover at that since Cathy seemed mean as a serpent based on the portraits we've seen. See? Our politicians at home aren't the only ones handing out favours to friends and family, politicians the ...