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... is Russian. The breads, meats, desserts, etc have that feel and it all looked so good, even the weird dried eels. Deanne bought a wool shoe insert from a fun guy. And we bought some Uzbecki cheese bread and some beef sausage for a picnic and took tons of photos. Great market!
Then we had our first bad travel luck. Nothing major, but we wanted to go to a suburb called Jurmula that's a beach on the Bay of Riga, ...
... A good thing, too, since today was another scorcher, with the mercury hitting 34 degrees. The ride took us through the Lithuanian and Latvian countrysides. We actually had our passports inspected at the Latvian border -- a rarity for Europe, but Latvia is in the Eurozone and Lithuania isn't yet, so I suppose that's why. I dozed on and off, watched the scenery, jotted down some notes and thoughts for when I get home, and basically tried to hold it together as best as I ...
... 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 ...
... and the economic downturn has hit them as hard any anyone else. I'd already decided I liked Latvia and it's people by this point, which is in no small part due to the women. I'd been warned that they're fairly special to look at and I wasn't disappointed. I remember when I got off the bus I had to go back and take another look at the line-up of people waiting to buy tickets. One fit woman after another. They've got great accents, too - there's maybe a little bit ...
... commentary for the train tour, with a great deal of emphasis on exactly when and how each building was reconstructed at the various stages of its life, and very little on exactly where you would find it on the route. Eventually we abandoned it and went to the big park at the foor of the Old City, stumbling along the way into a very serious ceremony, we think honouring Wartime Resistance heroes or something.
The park is lovely, with a river running through it ...
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
9 / 11 Kaleju st, 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