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... is Russian. The breads, meats, desserts, etc have that feel and it all looked so good, even the weird dried eels. Deanne bought a wool shoe insert from a fun guy. And we bought some Uzbecki cheese bread and some beef sausage for a picnic and took tons of photos. Great market!
Then we had our first bad travel luck. Nothing major, but we wanted to go to a suburb called Jurmula that's a beach on the Bay of Riga, ...
... A good thing, too, since today was another scorcher, with the mercury hitting 34 degrees. The ride took us through the Lithuanian and Latvian countrysides. We actually had our passports inspected at the Latvian border -- a rarity for Europe, but Latvia is in the Eurozone and Lithuania isn't yet, so I suppose that's why. I dozed on and off, watched the scenery, jotted down some notes and thoughts for when I get home, and basically tried to hold it together as best as I ...
... drink it regularly - and they had the same view. We then decided to wander by the river and cross the bridge into Kipsala. The island wasn't that interesting really, but did offer a nice view of the city, and the weather was lovely so we enjoyed the walk.
After twelve miles today, I feel like we got a good feel of the city. And the high steeples' roosters make it easy to navigate by, even though all the streets are ad hoc and arbitrary. Next stop, Vilnius! ...
We were very impressed with our coach that comfortably sped us the 250 or so kilometres from Tallin to Riga. There was an excellent online booking system which allocated the seats and the coach itself had Wi-fi, WC and tea/coffee making facilities. Good value. We would have preferred a rail link but this seems somewhat tenuous and slow.
Riga (established 1201) is much like Tallinn in that there is an ...
... my shopping sprees on his back like a little mule. Even Dusty has gone the way of the roll-on so it should be ok... He is after all, the hippie of hippies when it comes to organic food, composting and travelling.
One of the better things about partaking in a tour group is that you get to meet a lot of interesting people (and a few brutally annoying people as well). That evening, we shared a table and chatted with two ladies from England and two ...