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Latvia's unquestionable star is its capital, charming Riga, with one of the most beautiful old city centers of the area. We spent the majority of our time there strolling its narrow streets, admiring its beautiful buildings and tasting its lovely cuisine. We also cycled our way to its outer neighborhoods, serene and green, especially the ones …
... Otley. We then walk back into town to the Museum of Occupation. It is very interesting and well annotated in 4 languages including English. It teaches me a lot about the Russian and German oppression, the impact of the holocaust and how recently independence has been achieved again in 1991. A stroll across town to the Armouries Museum in the Old Powder Tower, lots of exhibits but little English so difficult to follow. We then spot the Peace Memorial and ...
... is only a 10 minute bike ride away (as a Dutchy, I believe biking in Latvia - or any other country for that matter -deserves its own blog post, so more on that later).
To go to Vecrīga (old Riga), I just ride through the bleak park (it's probably really nice in summer, but now it's just grey with one sad kilometre of artificial cross-country ski track), past the huge, starred war memorial (a pretty controversial one, since it's actually the ...
... to animals and even a bit creepy but I remember the circus, as a kid, being an enormously fun and exciting experience and this one is housed in the oldest and largest permanent circus building in the world and is right around the corner from my hotel...I probably won't go but it’s nice in a nostalgic way, to have this particular landmark near me.
After stopping in my room, I then took a lovely walk through a perfectly manicured and ...
... or so was spent at the border as the vision of being stranded in the cold, watching the train whistle away along the moonlit tracks, kept bouncing around in my mind. The conversation with the man next to me was less also than comforting, as he kept mentioning jail and the corruption of the Russian police.
My first view of Latvia came as I was awakened at 7am with a nudge on the foot telling me to budge up. Outside a pale pink dawn ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet