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... the sand.
LATVIAN RIFLEMEN MONUMENT. You've already seen this one. It's a red granite statue that stands in Old Town in front of the Occupation Museum. It was originally dedicated to the Latvian Red Riflemen some of whom became Lenin's bodyguards. Today it honors all Latvian riflemen who fought in WWI. Some Latvians want this monument taken down as it is ...
... from Vilnius about this commemeration. On 23 August 1989, two million Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians joined hands in a human chain stretching over 400 miles between Vilnius (Lituania), Riga (Lativa), and Tallinn (Estonia), to protest the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Nazis and Soviet Union.
... visit to the Victory Phallus - excuse me: Monument.
And, of course, Jop wanted to see where Feyenoord would be playing if it would drop five levels, so we looked up FK Riga's stadium. We thought we would have to sneak inside by pretending to be visiting the dog show that happened to be going on, but we soon found that FK Riga's stadium only has three sides, so we could simply wander in from the fourth end unchallenged.
Russian chique in the sky ...
... building in Riga that is "Stalin's Birthday Cake". It is the massive building that seems to have been built in many of the countries that he held sway over. I've seen these buildings in every city on my trip plus they are in Warsaw as well. Guess he really liked this style of building but usually I have heard it referred to as Stalin's Wedding Cake. Doesn't ...