Kolonna Hotel Riga
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Here we are in the beautiful city of Riga, Latvia - by default.
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It has been quite a harrowing 24 hours of arguing with airline staff who have been mostly unhelpful and …
... next hotel would be better than this one. Not enough cream donuts, apparently.
On the bus to Riga, the tour guide plays a movie called "The Singing Revolution" - it covers the recent history of Estonia, but primarily dwells on what they had to put up with between 1939 and final independence in 1991. I don't think it was obvious to outsiders like us just how much **** these people had to put up with under the Soviets from 1944 onwards. During this ...
Petrol in Latvia similar as Estonia about $1.739 per ltr.
11th Caught the Yellow hop on hop off bus so we could see the city. It rained all the time we were on the bus so all pictures have water in them as I took them through the window of the bus. We went into the Latvian Museum which was all about Latvia being taken over by the Russians then in WW11 the Germans then again by the Russians until ...
... named "I’m local in Riga" tour. Their business is new and still developing, making me among the first of their customers and affording both, her and me, the freedom to work out or path as we went along. For the tour, bicycles, trams, walking and other popular forms of local transportation are utilized in order to give the customer a familiarity with the real Riga.
As I haven’t ridden a bicycle on stone streets, (or any streets), in a long time, I opted ...
... side of the Riva.
Quickly back to Old Town, I head for the Occupation Museum of Latvia. It is here that I learn why nobody here smiles. This country has had a rough time of it.
The Russians, Soviets and Nazis have had their way, one way or another, with Latvia since before World War I. The Soviets occupied the country in 1940. On June 14, 1941, in advance of the Nazi invasion of this nation, The Soviets, deported 15,500 men, women, children ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKolonna Hotel Riga
Would have got 5 stars from us except we got the last room which was smoking and we are not. The hotel is right in the center of UNESCO old town, great music unless you are a light sleeper. Staff were great.
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