Hotel Monte Kristo
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... styling, was so funny and a great way to end the evening. We gave him a pretty decent tip which he was over the moon about. The following day I didn't do much apart from doing the free walking tour which took place at 12.30. The tour took you away from the old town into the other districts so that you get to see more the real Riga. The tour guide told us a little bit about old town Riga whilst we walked to the other districts. He showed us where the old harbour used to be but ...
I enjoyed the tour and have booked another one with Gunta for Sunday morning, the ex-Soviet walk. She's old enough to remember what happened and how it was so I will also get some personal insight.
I found my way back to the Old Town and had a cheese pastry and green tea at Andreass Bakery
Elmo nieuwe fiets!!!!
This post is actually long overdue. Way back when in April, when Kate was visiting me, I paid a little visit to Luis and Antonio's mentor, Marita, who happens to own a little shop in the town of Sigulda, importing, selling, fixing and renting out DUTCH bikes. We were planning to go hiking there, but she offered us a couple of bikes to rent for free, and I liked mine so much that I decided to buy ...
... the places in Old Town have marvelous stories attached, some more fable than fact. Touches of whimsey appear throughout Old Riga, for example the statue of the Bremen musicians, where tourists rub the pig's nose for good luck. It is interesting that this fairy-tale quality was originally Teutonic.
Our afternoon Jewish Heritage Tour strikes a very different chord. Somber in the extreme, we visited first the Jewish Museum with exhibits featuring the fate of the ...
... my luggage searched on a train and I hope I have just not now jinxed myself. Not so with airports. Airport personnel must have a different viewpoint of who could be a smuggler and nasty person and apparently I fit for them.
But I digress. Here are some of my experiences with train travel - the ones where I should have known better, got into a mess through no fault of my own or through a lot of fault of my own, or was just plain stupid. ...