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- Russian TV Channels Available
- Non-smoking hotel
- Multilingual staff
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... down the longest road now known as Freedom Road, however this road has had half a dozen name changes depending on which authority was in power at the time (eg. Lennin Road under commuist rule). Riga is a city of approx 1 million people and thankfully our hotel is located on the edge of the Old Town.
After checking in we found a burger bar and had a light meal ... all that was needed after such a great lunch. Tried and enjoyed 'garlic ...
... We hopped off the train and headed for the beach. I was expecting a rough sea, crashing against a huge sea wall. However, it was a very calm day, and we were actually met by a beach as far as the eye could see, and a very calm sea. The sort of sea you could stride out into and it never seems to get any deeper. So we put the theory to test. Once we got a few meters out, we'd lost the feeling in our feet. We got a few snaps for proof and headed back to the ...
... home of the president of Latvia [as his digs are being renovated]. It dates from 1334, built for the city's guilds. Off to one side is the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 1940-1991. It got a good recommendation from Donna.
The tour ended and everyone literally went their separate ways. I headed to the Lutheran St Peter's Church  for the views over the old town and the surrounding area. The vistas were splendid, once you got there as it was ...
... in our dorm room. Sophia and Johanna had bought hair dye earlier in the day, and now was the time to use it. So, first, we shaved the sides of Sophia's hair like she wanted with disposable razers. It's much harder to do that you would think. And then, after we'd put on the black hair dye for Sophia, she did Johanna's hair while waiting. Taryn was nice enough to paint our toenails as well. It was a good day all around.
... through Meza Parks, which was absolutely packed with babies, skaters and cyclists on this summery day. We ended up in a cute little cafe in Miera Iela, another hip-and-happening neighbourhood that I still need to investigate properly.
To properly round up Kate's visit, we went for a walk in the old town, and enjoyed some kvass and herbal tea in the most touristic area near the Swedish gate, enjoying some traditional kokle music.
I say again: who's next?