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... the sea is frozen solid either side of the shipping channel and the boat crashing through the ice makes a really cool sound, especially since there is nothing else around so it is the only sound you can hear. Although you do see the odd house or two on some of the islands and wonder how the occupants survive.
The girls were waiting for me at the harbor (which was very nice) and they had some things planned for my visit, I am still trying to work out if ...
... Era the monument was saved from destruction but the symbolism was changed. The Copper lady was now supposed to be Mother Russia and the three stars were supposed to represent the three Baltic States which were now the Baltic Soviet Republics.
Among other landmarks we came across:
- Sculpture of the Town Musicians of Bremen. The sculpture features four animals, a Donkey, a Dog, a Cat and a Rooster standing ...
... a Soviet era monument which has been kept (unlike all the Lenin monuments). Our guide tells us that is tolerated, but is not liked. I guess it is considered bad karma to pull down a "Freedom Monument."
The group breaks up and we go for a walk around some more of the old city, including a visit to the Occupation Museum. We also check out the latte scene, as well as doing some scouting for a place to eat dinner, as this is a "free day." As the ...
... Kitija up from the children's home the day after we arrived, she came running to us with tears in her eyes. Some of you may understand just how crucial this is and how touching it was for Jeremy and I. Many orphan children do not cry, especially in front of others. They are taught to not cry at a small age and will be spanked (and made fun by the other children) if they do. So, do you see how awesome this expression ...
... The Black Magic Café,” I liked the name without even knowing about the local custom of drinking a traditional brew of herbs, spices and spirits, believed to be, not only medicinal but also, greatly recreational with an alcohol content of about 40%. After hearing the legends associated with this product, I began to notice it in pubs and cafes all over Riga, during the remainder of my trip, (I even bought a final bottle at the train station before leaving town.)
Other places to stay in Riga
Elizabetes 55, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $95
- Excellent Hotel
- Good hotel, nice view
- GOOD HOTEL - BEAUTIFUL BAR- AWFUL STAFF!!!
Kugu 24, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $84
- Wonderful Hotel
- Above average, but location could be better
- Good hotel...depending on what room you get
Elizabetes Street 73, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $101
Slokas 1, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $62
20 Kipsalas St, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $48
33 Dzirnavu , Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $78
- Fab Hotel
- Loved this hotel
- Brilliant Hotel and Location
Raunas St 44, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $30
Kalnciema Street 90, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $50
Brivibas 199c, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $38
9 / 11 Kaleju st, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $56
- Location, location , location
- Great Location, excellent hotel
- Great hotel, great city
70 Kaleju Street, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $72
Raina Blvd 33, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $88
Jersikas 1, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $33
Pulkveza Brieza 11, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $64
- Lovely hotel
- Great Choice!
- An enjoyable break
Reimersa Street 1, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $92
7 Elijas street, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $49
K. Valdermara Iela 23, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $85
Krisjana Barona iela 12 , Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $68
- Gut und schlecht
- Good and bad
- Great Breakfast and staff, shame about the single beds
Sofijas 8, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $28
36 / 38 Aspazijas Blvd , Riga | 4 star hotel
- Little Sweden
- Excellent city break
- Superb location
Elizabetes Street 21, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $86
Gertrudes Str 70, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $45
Slokas 49, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $55
Pils Street 12, Riga | 5 star hotelfrom $228
Bruninieku 6, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $43
6 JÄÅa iela, Riga | Hotelfrom $37