Days Hotel Riga VEF
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... a pedestrian, is that there are also very strict rules about which way you can turn. Simply put: you usually cannot turn left. The big intersections are constructed in such a way that you can only go straight or turn right. So you have three options: a) you anticipate and turn left a couple of blocks early when you get the chance, b) you turn right-right-right, which amounts to the same thing, right? c) you turn right and make a U-turn (either via ...
Had a wander for the morning by my self. Climbed (well part stairs part lift,) the St peters spire for the fantastic view. The old town is really interesting, but don't want to do too much as we will be covering it all later with the VT meet. Also went to the Central market. You certainly can get anything here, including home made beer, siphoned into plastic bottles while you wait.
Group dinner tonite.
... and giant snowflakes. They looked a bit out of place with no real snow around them, but were pretty none the less. We also saw the giant statue of a lady holding up stars (the freedom statue?). Instead of heading into the center of old town we kept to the outside and walked past the Riga Castle. It was not much of a castle as far as pretty towers and detail go, but I guess you could call it a castle. There was a bunch of restoration work going on on the exterior... ...
... of the buildings are really, really hideous, with a thousand of what my Dad used to refer to as "gob-ons" - fat cherubim and squirly bits and strange animals, but then you come to one that is a little more restrained and it's absolutely charming. And the one right next door might be so plain as to be almost severe - I don't know a lot about this period of Art History, but I would guess the plainer stuff is starting to be Art Deco.
... to stay here the night? Finally someone laughs and then some people in a cabin at the far end of the carriage start talking so at least I am not alone. We sit in the dark for maybe 25 - 30 minutes before a train roars past us on the main track. Finally about 5 minutes after that, the engine starts again, the train starts again, the lights come on and we make it without stopping all the way into Skopje. Freaky.
On the same trip, I was ...