Gallery Park Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
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... yet and after checking in we headed out in search of food! We also explored the old town and visited the local craft market where we admired the local amber jewellery, hand knitted socks and hats and linen which the Baltic States are famous for.
The next day I awoke to pouring rain on the window. A relaxing sound when you get to stay indoors all snuggled up but not so pleasant when you've got a walking tour to do! After breakfast and a catch up with Pip ...
... set up, with loud music, big crowds and lots of cheering. Turns out it was an international 3x3 basketball tournament being played right there in the square. I watched as the women's teams from Estonia and Ireland faced off against each other with some pretty snazzy moves.
At that point, I met a guy called Simon from London, who I'd noticed stopping at all the same sites and snapping all the same photos as me. After about the third or fourth time of us nodding to each ...
... drink it regularly - and they had the same view. We then decided to wander by the river and cross the bridge into Kipsala. The island wasn't that interesting really, but did offer a nice view of the city, and the weather was lovely so we enjoyed the walk.
After twelve miles today, I feel like we got a good feel of the city. And the high steeples' roosters make it easy to navigate by, even though all the streets are ad hoc and arbitrary. Next stop, Vilnius! ...
... Swastika and SS emblems, not to mention the pair of old rifles he had propped up over the back. I have no reason to believe that they were anything other than proper, bullet-firing rifles. And neither do I think he would have asked to see ID and a gun licence had I waved cash under his nose.
They were all friendly enough, though. While I can't condone the stolen stuff, I don't begrudge anyone doing what they have to do to survive. Latvia isn't a ...
... and meat. Another of veggies... and a third, and a fourth... and not an ATM in sight anywhere. Weird machines that would accept either Euros or Lat and provide any number of services from recharging your phone to shining your shoes, but cash???
Eventually I found one woman who took me to the door and pointed me waaaaayyyyy over theeeerrrrreeee to a Mall sort of thing, and so off I trotted, trying frantically to call Gray as I trotted, knowing he'd be frantic ...