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... green covers here. Sometimes there were stop signs at railway crossings but not all of them. Petrol seems some four or five euro cents higher in Latvia.
We reached Cesis by 1100. What became the Latvian flag was first raised here. The castle belonged to the Master of the Livonian Order [Livonia was the name the Liv tribe gave to modern day Estonia and Latvia]. Its period of prominence was the 13th to the 16th century.
Walked to a nice park behind the ...
... to Jop, so I snuck out of the office for a nice lunch at Fazenda, a small but fancy restaurant near the office. After the Dutch cheese and Hema bike lamp I had asked for, Jop had one more present for me: my first bottle of Melnais Balzams - cranberry flavour.
Confession: that night, I enjoyed a quiet drink of balzams, alone in my bedroom. I'd had enough partying for one week.. Which doesn't mean I didn't celebrate my birthday properly a couple of nights later ...
... I hurry-idly grab my suitcase and backpack and struggle to get off the train. Once I am off the train, I look around and my heart sinks. This might be Belgrade but it is not the main station and there is only one other person who has exited the train. There are no station personnel (it is about 11 p.m.) and there are only a few lights and I cannot even see the city lights. I turn to get back on the train and it pulls away, of course. SOOOO, I walk to ...
... tucked away on the shores of the Baltic sea, with that particular feature that enthralls me foremost about any place - a quaint old-world charm. We had about five hours to roam about Riga before getting back to the ship for the return sail.
I had done a bit of homework and armed with maps picked up from the reception desk of the ship (the helpful guy even marking some of the tourist spots), was all set to take a walking tour. And as in Stockholm, the Old Town was the ...
... car but don't remember,) which has now been taken over by a group of artists who use the space to create and exhibit their work along with throwing parties and underground events.
Inese and I hit it off so well that she seemed to want to show me her entire life and I was truly feeling local in Riga, as the tour is appropriately named.
There where so many stops along the way that I can hardly describe the lifestyle that was shown to me here. It 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
Slokas 1, 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
Kalnciema Street 90, 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
36 / 38 Aspazijas Blvd , Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $83
- Little Sweden
- Excellent city break
- Superb location
Elizabetes Street 21, Riga | 4 star hotelfrom $101
Gertrudes Str 70, 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 JÄÅa iela, Riga | Hotelfrom $37