Nordic Hotel Jekaba Riga
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... explains that they have drawn up an itinerary for the next 3 days but first we must have a snack, then a boat cruise while we wait to pick Katie and Tom up and then have a real lunch. All good and we try our first Latvian beers and snacks - a large meal!! We get a great running commentary as we drive into town with Peter navigating. A huge river runs through Riga the capital and as we were flying in we could see the whole country has lakes, arable land, ...
It's nice to be surprised! The market in Riga hasn't been around that long, as Latvia only gained independence from the former Soviet Union back in the early 90s. Maybe because of this, and due to the geographic distance from Western Europe, the market in Riga was very unique and less like a copy of Germanic markets. Riga is not without its Christmas history, however, as the first documented use of a Christmas tree was here in the year 1510.
... no particular order):
- GB missed the podium by a point
- Willsy went to his first strip club
- We found the most expensive club in Latvia
- There was fingering of Latvians on the dance floor
- My credit card melted
- My hangover ruined Saturday
- A bed got broken
- Parkesy impersonated Dean Wilsons dad perfectly
- We found a chainsaw engine and got the old girl going
- Monster energy made us famous
- A ...
... slowly when I came across Bastion Hill Park and remembered that an Armenian restaurant and a khatchkar should be around there. I've inquired and no one can tell me if there's an Armenian community here and why khatchkar is actually written in Armenian on the map! In Armenian! All I got was that there was a football match yesterday, Armenia vs Latvia, and we lost but rank ...
... is flagging and grateful for the coffee stop after a brief drive around the town. We then walk around the Old Town for another 2 hours but we do see all and get into the cathedral at the end which houses the 4th largest pipe organ in the world but it looks tatty and in need of restoring. Then at last we go to the hotel for a nap before dinner at seven. After dinner we watch the end of the football Germany v France in the bar that the former win 1-0. We then stroll ...
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