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... though. It was in a tent on a plaza. It wasn't a permanent building, but it pretty much was now. It was a restaurant with all the trappings except it had glass walls and a temporary tent like ceiling. And there were no bathrooms! You had to use the public toilets outside. But the band was good and we had a good time.
We left early the next morning for Siauli, Lithuania, for the Hill of Crosses, and then on to Vilnius.
... about fifteen or twenty minutes. It being Saturday, there were tons of people out and about walking around. There are tons of Art Nouveau buildings everywhere, many of them original or expertly-done restorations. Of course, there are lots of churches. And Riga, unlike Vilnius, feels like it's on its way to being thoroughly Americanized -- the giant McDonald's, Burger King, TGI Fridays and Irish pubs all testified to that. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your ...
... something like 40% of the buildings are in this style. Anywhere you look, you will see several of them, and there is even a street where the whole thing was designed by the same guy in the same style. It gives a very unique feel to the city. Unlike the more homogeneous Tallinn Old Town, Vecriga provides a nice contrast between the early 20th century Art Nouveau buildings and the much much older ones. Makes the city feel more alive.
At the end of ...
... have liked longer, but I saw what I wanted to.
This isn't the first time I've asked this question, but why do flea market-type places always have not one but several people selling old television remote controls? Where the **** do they get them from? I saw a place on the street in Cairo selling them and I just don't get it. Never, ever, have I seen or heard of someone saying, "Damn! I really must got to the old black market and buy a TV remote." And ...
... the size of the safety cobbles, but are thinner because they don't have to carry the load. They are mostly quite carefully laid, so make walking on the pavements reasonably comfortable. Areas around manholes (another story which Mandi will tell in pictures) are often filled with cobbles of the revolution, and have often subsided, or are absent making for interesting walking.
Curbstones are another story, and that will have to wait.