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Got a good night's sleep but woke up earlier than I thought because there is no blind or curtains in this room (I later spotted the blinds in the bathroom for some reason). Got ready and headed out for breakfast at Biskvits, a little cafe near the train station. Ordered an omelet and got back an enormous thing more like a frittata with tomato and capsicum. It was awesome and definitely what I needed with a day of kayaking ahead of me. And the omelet plus a coffee cost me under $4.
... a bite to eat before dropping into the tourist information centre next to the train station. The girl there was very helpful, giving me lots of info on seeing the castles in the area by bike. I went across the road, rented myself a mountain bike and set off.
It didn't take long before I reached the first castle. The Castle of the Brothers of the Sword, just north of the town, has been partially reconstructed but for the most part has been left in ruins. Built on ...
... but it was great. The main big wall had a huge western Europe map and all in Cyrillic. Birmingham was even on the map! There was even a telephone with a direct line to Moscow in the room. It was around the 1hr mark and when we saw daylight again, Mr Taxi man was waiting - good man Andreas!!! He took us back to Sigulda and we rounded off the afternoon with pastries and Latte's.
Another 'expensive' ;-) coach ride got us back to Riga by early evening.
Then we popped ...
... would have lasted significantly longer. Whether this is something to be proud of is another matter entirely. After our tour round this monument to political lunacy, we made our way towards Cēsis. Sean the Satnav wanted us to go on the ferry again, so Alison had to do some careful re-planning. TomTom don't have an 'only use roads that won't wreck your car' button, but we managed to get here on what in Latvia passes as a good road. The town looks interesting, but the wild ...
... built nearly 800 years ago. A lot of what you see today is reconstruction and there are still excavations going on. Donjon Tower (or in English Don John) was built in the 13th century. On the other side of the valley and closer to the town's centre lie Sigulda Castles, some medieval ruins and the New Sigulda Castle.