Travel Blogs from Riga
... back! Magic place :)
This time it is time to explore the rest of Paradise - Maui, Big Island and something of Oahu.
After Asia, it hits hard,seeing prices for everything - accommodation, food, transportation. To make life interesting and feel the pulse of locals & their way of living, lets try with twice as big budget as Asia! AND this is exactly THE season, so prices are up. I noticed that the different is even 30-50% up e.g. ...
... were at first welcomed by a lot of Latvians as liberators from Soviet rule. However, it soon became very clear that the Nazis had no interest in an independent Latvia and settled themselves in as brutal overlords. They set up a Jewish ghetto in Riga and executed over 20,000 men women and children in the nearby forest. As the fortunes of war turned, the Soviets pushed the Nazis back and soon ruled Latvia again and would do so until 1991. There were brutal reprisals ...
... of an invader attacking the city. The last case was in 1812 when after a false alarm that Napoleon’s troops were approaching, en route to Russia, 10,000 people were made homeless as their buildings were burnt.
Old Riga, luckily for us, is flat although the cobbled streets are a pain to walk on & is also quite compact. It was founded in the 1200s by a German Bishop & was the largest city on the Baltic for many ...
... for home, some shopping, spa, Hardrock etc.Note that Large cities will take 3x of ordinary budget.
Money matters – had 50-50 USD cash and creditcard balance split. I would go for major part USD cash as ATMs are not everywhere, although in all major cities and there could be limitations – check with Your bank. Check nominal what ATM provides – its either 50 000 RP or 100 000 ...
... 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 ...
Other places to stay in Riga
Elizabetes 55, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $127
- Excellent Hotel
- Good hotel, nice view
- GOOD HOTEL - BEAUTIFUL BAR- AWFUL STAFF!!!
Kugu 24, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $93
- Wonderful Hotel
- Above average, but location could be better
- Good hotel...depending on what room you get
Elizabetes Street 73, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $140
1 Slokas street, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $58
20 Kipsalas St, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $71
33 Dzirnavu , Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $90
- Fab Hotel
- Loved this hotel
- Brilliant Hotel and Location
Raunas St 44, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $31
90 Kalnciema Street, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $54
Brivibas 199c, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $45
Kaleju Str. 9/11, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $67
- Location, location , location
- Great Location, excellent hotel
- Great hotel, great city
70 Kaleju Street, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $98
Raina Blvd 33, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $91
Jersikas 1, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $31
Pulkveza Brieza 11, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $73
- Lovely hotel
- Great Choice!
- An enjoyable break
Reimersa Street 1, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $130
K. Valdermara Iela 23, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $90
7 Elijas street, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $55
Krisjana Barona iela 12 , Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $88
- Gut und schlecht
- Good and bad
- Great Breakfast and staff, shame about the single beds
Sofijas 8, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $32
Aspazijas bulvaris 36/38, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $83
- Little Sweden
- Excellent city break
- Superb location
Elizabetes Street 21, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $101
70 Gertrudes Street, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $57
Slokas 49, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $52
Pils Street 12, Riga | 5 star hotelfrom $256
Bruninieku 6, Riga | 3 star hotelfrom $41
6 Jana iela, Riga | Hotelfrom $37