Dikli Palace Hotel
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... before joining the others at the fire.
Sadly, nobody really seemed to know the old Līgo songs - there was some (off-key and off-rhythm) singing going on, but not a lot of līgo! līgo! to join in on. The dancing was limited to a big circle walk/dance when lighting the fire on the big pole (the one guiding the sun to us).
Without any good dancing or singing, and just some beer to warm us, the night was ...
... walked around the fire in two big circles, while chanting/singing traditional Līgo songs. Good thing about these songs is that the refrain is always "līgo! līgo!", and that the verses in between are usually sung once by the die-hards who know the lyrics and then repeated by the chorus. When in doubt, just sing about ozoliņš (little oak tree), menestiņš (little moon), saulīte (little sun), jāņi ...
... park, which stretches all the way from Sigulda to Valmiera. When the skies ripped open again, we enjoyed a wonderful spectacle, while a couple of locals simply continued swimming.
The next morning, the skies were clear again, so Anna and I killed some time before the one and only bus to Valmiera by taking a refreshing swim in the lake.
Back in Valmiera, we took the tourist info's advice to take a "barefoot sensory walk" through the forest. The first part ...
... on it. As well as Estonian traffic there are lorries from the other Baltic States, Russia, and much of Eastern Europe. Not enough to slow you down so the cruise control can be set at 90km/h for long periods. Apart from, as far as I could see, unsignposted and apparently random 70km/h limits at junctions, which the Satnav was inconsistent in warning about, it was a delight to drive on. (I reserve my right to withdraw the above statement if one of the many speed cameras has ...
... see. Most impressive where the cliffs: we saw them in various colors (from white to dark red) and with the sun, the clouds and the reflections of the water they offered beautiful views.
After Riga there were some hills around the Abava river and further in the direction of Liepaja. Not so much pristine nature, therefore lots of small villages and cities.. Outstanding there was Kuldiga. If we ever want to go to live ...
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