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Then I made my way to the Blackheads House which is a Guild Hall but not open ...
... wonderful massage (Wellton Centrum Hotel - incase you want our tip :) Located on the edge of the Old town, which is easy to walk around.
The Radisson Blu hotel has a popular bar and restaurant on its 26th floor, allowing fantastic views over the city, especially of the Russian church with its gold 'onion' shaped spires.
After going in the wrong direction on a trolleybus, ...
... of the Blackheads. No this isn’t a museum about acne, but the guild house of the medieval Blackheads merchant guild, so (somewhat racistly) named for their patron saint, St. Mauritius. But it was closed. Then I wandered to the nearby St Peter’s church, a huge gothic, red brick cathedral. I went inside to find that it was 7€ to use the lift to the tower and thought bugger that. And after all I couldn’t be bothered to pay to see inside yet ...
... dogged does it, so I convinced Anna she should get rid of that basket anyway (mom, she loved the saddlebags!) because it messes with the aerodynamics and handling of your machine, and I've started locking my bike with the valve out of sight behind the saddlebags, hoping to discourage opportunists.
This was about the same time that I had a couple of punctures in my brand new second-hand tires. When ...
... It is probably the most outwardly detailed building in Riga and it is pretty in a gaudy way. Next to this building was the church of St. Peter. There is a tower that overlooks the town and you can climb it from a stairwell in the church. We went inside to learn that they charged each person 7 euros to climb the staircase. Are you crazy? Come on church... that is overpriced.
With nothing else left to see on the map that really caught our eye, we headed ...