Travel Blogs from Sigulda
... Town to the coach station. I had visions of running the gauntlet of club promoters, pools of vomit, and possibly even the odd lady of the night. How wrong! We spent just 3.5 hrs in Riga all told and what a present break to the journey it turned out to be. After a short, backpack shod, walk though a bustling but friendly old town, we arrived at Alus Arsenals. The website "Riga Life" has promised "traditional Latvian food and local beers ...
A bit citied out we decided to spend a day doing the trails of the Gauja Valley, one of the most diverse and beautiful valleys in the area.
So...once again....after only a bit more than an hour on the bus we reach Sigulda, the first of the 3 villages that we would visit today where, according to our travel book, there was a beautiful trail that we could do and visit three villages around one of the most beautiful ...
... ruins and caves...)
The cable car journey spanned the river & small valley seperating the two towns.
Inside Sigulda was a stately home (that has been converted to a sanatarium) and remnants of castle ruins - which are currently being restored.
The ruins are not as impressive as those I saw at Cesis yesterday, but the setting (town and garden) are far more picturesque.
... and large, there was enough space away from open-air riverside parties, so I could often be all by myself and immerse into my own world. I would walk when I felt like walking, and then I would stop by the river or even sat down if I felt like that. I felt the touch of my shoes on the soil which, hard or soft, was always softer than the asphalt. I listened to crickets, the rustling of the breeze through the tree leaves and occasionally heard voices of canoeists from ...
... quite close and I knew that I would just want to go there and relax. Normally the old town hostel is quite lively, but this time the hostel was completely empty except for me and one other, who I never ended up meeting. At the bar, however was the manager, another Adam, who is also from Perth. He was just passing the time before his flight the next day back to Australia where he hadn't been for three years. The highlight of the evening was my meal. I asked Adam for the local's tip ...
Other places to stay in Sigulda
4b Malpils St, Sigulda | 4 star hotelfrom $78
Stacijas 6, Sigulda | Hotelfrom $48
Pils str. 6, Sigulda | 3 star hotelfrom $62
Pulkveza Brieza 55, Sigulda | Hotelfrom $30
Ventas 1b, Sigulda | Hotelfrom $56
Siguldas pagasts, Ezeri, Sigulda | 3 star hotelfrom $84
Pils street 4 b, Sigulda | 3 star hotelfrom $53
Kalnjani, Sigulda | Hotelfrom $52