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Travel Blogs from Riga
... and light stones to demarcate zebra crossings. The fact that even zebra crossings are made from stone gives one the feeling that they are building their infrastructure to last a thousand years. This size cobbles are used to surface many of the roads in Helsinki, and Riga, Tallinn is mostly so old that it mostly uses the revolutionary form.
The hardest cobbles to lay must be the pavement slabs, these vary in size, generally about ...
... the same paperwork to fill in for arriving in Russia that I had filled in for coming in through the airport. Luckily they at least print these in English now as well. So when we stopped for Russian immigration and customs, suddenly the train is swarming with officers. There were about 6 in our carriage. A woman who could well also be their shot put champion came and demanded my passport. In Russian. I always immediately say hi, ...
... I had never seen the galley of a ship before. The kitchens were very large and really impressive in how things were set up. While there were some things they couldn’t have on board due to the constant rocking of the ship, the galley was significantly larger and better stocked than I had anticipated. On this ship they actually have 5 different galleys. There is the main galley, which we saw, the crew ...
... recommendations: 1) St John's Church - the story told here is of 2 monks who wanted to get closer to the church and were then bricked into the walls there and fed through a hole which was eventually sealed up! Many years later when the structure was rebuilt their bodies were found and their faces are now depicted in stone on the wall outside as some form of respect. 2) The market buildings. Made from old Zeppelin hangars, the building was built at a slope ...
... which is housed in and around four converted zeppelin hangers left over from the war years. There is everything you could want available at this market and there is much commerce but I was repeatedly admonished, "No Foto!" I ignored that rule but didn't get much (in the way of pictures) to write home about so I suppose I aggravated the gathered merchants needlessly.
Continuing, I passed the Latvian Freedom Tower which is guarded by a pair of very spooky Latvian ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center