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... this morning. Saw Kevin for a bit.
The Nativity of Christ Cathedral is the largest Orthodox church in the Baltics, built with the blessing of Russian Tsar Alexander II. It had a 'no shorts' rule so will try to go back later.
Got home eventually after a few further photo ops. Email, shower and blog for an hour or so and then back out in long pants, dinner also a consideration. Mike came in and said he walked right into the Orthodox cathedral: ...
... 4 hour bus journey deposited us at the main bus station at Vilnius. We then caught the local bus out to Trakai and the bus driver dropped us at the front door of the 4 star Spa Resort of Trasilis. Yes, we are true high end clients - smelly backpackers getting the local bus to arrive dusty and disarrayed at the best joint in town. Steve then took advantage of the hydro slide and spa pools within the complex. The last time he took a hydro slide was circa 1986. What a hoot!
... br> After dumping the usual stuff the pottering around Riga begins. By luck we come across a Russian van which was used in the Moscow 1980 Olympics. It was proper old skool in gold and white. I WANT!!!Amongst the usual town centre delights we ended up in several markets. I say several as they were housed in the Zepplin airship hangers. To say they were massive was an understatement. The hangers had ...
... coffee house on every single street corner, so we spend some Lats on a pretty (expensive) fruit shake and watch the Latvians go about their business.
A lion and an orange bicycle
When we're thoroughly rested, we take a stroll around the tiny but cute town center of Riga. At some point I spot a lion that looks vaguely familiar, but before I can spell out the "je man..tien..drai", Nona has spotted a ...
... and the reactions we got were priceless especially when we passed some construction workers, they had the biggest smilies! It is so wonderful that something so little, could bring so much joy to people's faces =)
After we got our things and arrived at the airport, we were confused where to meet my group members and we walked around everywhere but actually couldn't find anyone that I knew but next to Liva's car was a van that was going to Siauliai so Liva was trying to ...