Kolonna Hotel Cesis
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
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... colonial fashion they thought the local population looked like the Wends from the south Baltic coast in what is now Germany (totally no relation. Just like Native Americans were called Indians by Europeans), and so named the town they founded Wenden. The town only regained its original name of Cesis (pronounced "tsay-sis") when Latvia gained independence in 1991.
After being dropped at the bus stop, I checked in at the Hotel Katrina. There weren't any ...
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And so we raced from beautifully overgrown church ruins to picturesque hill-side graveyards to the highest hill of Latvia (Gaizinkalns) to stately manors to a nice refreshing lake to ....
When we reached the lake, we (Regīna, Santa, Anna and I) were pretty much done with sitting in a car all day, so we decided to give up on winning the competition and went for a tremendously relaxing swim in the cool lake.
... my confusion.) Then we crossed into Latvia. After we passed an abandoned and derelict border post, the road deteriorated markedly. In places it looked like a patchwork quilt of repaired potholes. The speed limit, according to TomTom, varied for no apparent reason. At least the Latvians don't seem to be able to afford speed cameras. The countryside and the villages looked much poorer and remnants of the Soviet era seemed much more prevalent. There were also an extremely high number ...
... and don't want the big city, Kuldiga might be our town of choice. It's full of nice wooden buildings, it is not yet completely renovated and there are hardly any architectural sins: no big Soviet apartment blocks, no factories in the city center, not to many empty spaces with garbage or ruins of houses. The opposite: there were nice parks, some rivers, charming streets and squares. Really very nice and looking very at ease ...
... would expect from this 13th century masterpiece constructed by the German Knights of the Sword. I'm equipped with a candle lamp to wander through the pitch dark corridors and stairways. There is even a ladder leading down into the dungeon, a roughly ten foot diameter cylinder advancing downward like a brick well, becoming more moist with each step down. The lack of any natural light on ...