Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars
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After a great night we rose and went down for breakfast. Thinking we would be lining up again we were told " no, no, you are in the special restaurant" I wasn't going to argue, once again, no kids, no queues, food that hadn't been destroyed by hundreds before you. Rather than my usual meusli with fruit and yoghurt I decided to have pancakes and berries - perfect' a few cups of earl grey to wash ...
... Well, I decided to go in and look at what was on display here and it was astounding. Artifacts from the Blackhead family, coins, army tools, paintings and other treasures and historical pieces, all perfectly preserved, while in the upper floor, was an ongoing exhibition of the Latvian tradition of intricate fabric and lace weaving. In the main ballroom, a banquet was being prepared for some foreign dignitaries from the country of India.
Once out of the ...
... 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 ...
... following morning. Phone calls were made and finally that is how it went down.
An afternoon and evening in Riga, one of Europe's city gems, was the best that could be made of a bad day. And none of us really complained that the four star hotel that they put us up in had to have had at least one of its star pilfered from another establishment,
(Notes only. Not for mass publication) ...
... and translate all the headstones in this cemetery... apparently no one is interested in funding him... anyone interested in pitching in?)
From Zagare we travel the 30 or so km to Akmene (Akmian) where my great great grandfather said he was from. It's another Lithuanian rural town with it's old Jewish cemetery and Holocast memorial. Where there was once a thriving Jewish community the area is ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
- Pets allowed