Maritim Park Hotel Riga
Travel Blogs from Riga
... heading down to the old part of town next. The euro is still new here and many prices are in both euros and the former Latvian currency; our tip was the higher price was the euro.
The highlight in the old town was the St John the Baptist Church. Pictures were allowed inside, a rarity so far on the trip. Most of the Catholic churches have simpler interiors than the Orthodox churches.
Mike asked if my camera was working. I told him it was now ...
I live in a mansion in a street of haunted houses.
Don't worry, it's temporary. Until my Ukrainian colleague's arrival (which is slightly postponed due to the civil war situation in her home country), I am staying with Anna, one of homo ecos: local volunteers, and her family.
Anna comes from a family of architects, and the apple doesn't fall far, so she also works as an architect/graphic designer/children's books illustrator. Apparently, being ...
... of the it. Let me make an effort to
chronologically list all that I managed to visit in Riga.
1. I will call it the wish fulfillment bridge - Akin to some I have seen in movies or read about. Locks of all shapes,sizes,colors and makes tied all along the railings of a little bridge in the midst of a big open park. Sadly there were no plaques or signs with any legend or lore of any kind.
2. Freedom Monument - A beautiful and imposing sight in the centre ...
... and seemed like I could stay for a long time and be quite happy.
We finally ended this most amazing and eye opening experience by enjoying the wonderful “Black Magic” brew, at a local bar where one of her friends works. I drank the "Black Magic" brew in a drink with black currant juice, emulating the custom of the Riganites, before calling it a night.
This was a truly personal and intimate look at the real Latvian life and I was most honored to have been welcomed into ...
... Not only that, all their family would be sent with them too. It was a brutal regime. Fortunately the Russian occupants didn’t trash most of the beautiful old buildings. The important buildings that were destroyed have now been rebuilt in exactly the same style and are very regal.
Now that they are a free nation they have a 50% Russian and a 50% Lithuanian population who live together in harmony. We are so ...