Maritim Park Hotel Riga
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Another strikingly hot day, Riga was founded in 1201 we visited Riga which is situated at the month of the Daugana River. It first became an important port along the viking trade route.
Riga was originally built as a fortress. During 16th Century it was occupied by the Polish, 17th Century the Swedes and 18th Century the Russians. By 1918, Latvia gained its independence. During World War II, the Nazis occupied Riga. Then soon after the war ...
... hangers during WWII but now it is back to a bustling and intense market place. It was berry season and the market was filled with all kinds of berries, sweet and delicious.
Russian is widely spoken in the Central Market and most don't speak English. The Soviets encouraged massive Russian immigration to Latvia during the occupation in order to dilute ...
Afterwards, we tried various other drinking establishments, most notably Ezītis Miglā - named after the lovely folk tale and animation film "Hedgehog in the Fog". Here, we discovered that Riga must have a thriving second hand furniture market, and that beer can cost even less than 2 euros a pint!
On Saturday, Jop found himself a trolley bus and rode it all the way to my side of the river - Pardaugava. After ...
... The small village there, called Carnikava is a fishing village. One of the main rivers of Latvija, the Gauja, flows into the Gulf here. A type of freshwater fish caught here is Nege (Lamprey). We had a fun day on the beach, with hot sun. The water was quite cold, but refreshing, although not many people were swimming. The beach is long and sandy and many people were out to enjoy it. Maurice ...
... about anything you could wish for. The separate markets are each housed in large, unique-looking industrial buildings along the riverfront - buildings often cited as being "old Zeppelin hangers" when in fact this is only true of the roof's which were transported from hangers left behind by the Nazi's (there is a considerable danger in placing highly explosive gases in a city centre during a war). While the buildings themselves were extraordinary ...