Old Riga Hotel Vecriga
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... 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 ...
... Safety first!
Despite all these challenges, I still happily use the bike that homo ecos: has kindly provided me with. I still don't even have a bus pass, nor do I have any idea how to get anywhere without my bike.
-- Update Monday 17 March --
An even layer of snow has greatly improved the smoothness of Pothole Rd over the weekend.
-- Update Tuesday 18 March --
Two day old slush is no fun.
... off in all directions. The buildings all look authentic though are now filled with souvenir shops and I have never seen so many cafes! There were guided tour groups everywhere and the market square was full of people. Joe couldn't believe the amount of tourists there were compared to his last visit. I don't know if it's since they've taken on the Euro or the increased tourist trade, but the prices have also soared! Some of the souvenirs ...
... bit expensive, but any savings made by going to a Latvian Boots would not be worth the hassle, I chose one, held it out and put on my best 'How much is that?' expression. The lady told me in Latvian. I was about to sign 'Could you write that down please, hen?' when a helpful customer in the queue I had just jumped said 'It's 50 cents'. I couldn't believe I had just bought a cord for 60p. With the benefit of hindsight I should have got a few spares, or ...
... some of the buildings, which have local lore and can probably be seen on an ordinary tour, we came to an amateur, improvisational theater, where local people enjoy simple shows and nights of open mic and performances. Like children, we snuck into the closed theater so I could look in as I explained to my new friend about my own interest in performing and the type of theaters I have worked in and how they are similar.
We next stopped into a local café known ...