Rafael Hotel Riga
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... cool breeze and my table is shaded by a big umbrella as well as a row of nearby trees, so it's very pleasant.
The bus was back pretty much right on time. My next stop was the Art Nouveau district which was also where I planned on having lunch at a well-reviewed restaurant called Vincent's. Plan A didn't pan out as Vincent's were only doing a limited Mexican menu for lunch today. Maybe that's why the place was empty.
Walked back up Elizabetes Street and had a ...
... is obviously popular on the tour routes.
Like many European towns, there is a church on every street. Of particular splendour is the gold domed Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Enjoyed delicious mushroom soup at a cafe near here while we rested our feet.
... of church spires. Today is an easy pace.
By the water, read the story of 'Big Christopher' and the founding of Riga: Christopher was a giant of a man who had a house on the right side of the river. He took people across same on his shoulders. One night, he heard a baby crying on the left bank. He went over and brought him back. The baby got heavier and heavier but Christopher made it. On waking the next morning, the baby was gone but a chest of gold ...
... found out what the deal was with the snails. Apparently, there is a desire to open a contemporary art museum in Riga, since there's no such space now, and the process for deciding this has been taking a really long time. So some group decided to call attention to this by just putting brightly colored snails all over town. I think we actually found all 14 of them!
Architecturally, Riga has one of the most concentrated examples of Art Nouveau in ...
... chef being filmed out the front of the hotel and at a table on the terrace, just a few up from us so my quizzy nose will be in the background of most of his interview.
Baltic food: five excellent dinners out of five, and all the breakfasts spectacular. We have been so impressed by the quality and tastiness of the food.
And tomorrow it's finally on to Scotland, where we'll see our home-from-home for the first time. I am quite excited.