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... for campgrounds along the bank dotted here and there. But apart from that it was just me, my kayak and mother nature. I saw a couple of different species of ducks and a couple of herons and what I think was a cormorant. Would've been nice to spot some land wildlife too but luck was against me.
I paddled along very happily watching the forest go by. The geek side of me almost felt like I was floating down the Anduin river and that there was a pack of Uruk-Hai just through the ...
... broken etc. Wrists were saw and shaky and my shins hurt. Didn't tear any clothes thankfully. After recovering myself (and my pride), I took the road down to the river, a long, steep descent. Crossing the bridge was spectacular.
Just a bit further on from the bridge is Gutmana Cave, the site of the legend of the Rose of Turaida. Back in the early 1600s a young orphan girl was raised in Turaida castle. Her and the gardener fell in love with each other and used to ...
... devil kept on pestering God to help make Latvia and so finally God gave him a small part but of course the devil was very impatient and in a hurry to get things done so he made a couple of bigger hills (these are now the only two hills tall enough to have a small ski slope on them) and also made the Gauja (NOT sure of the spelling) river which is crooked and twisty and turns in many curves.
Ilze was born during Soviet times but she lived way ...
... restored buildings, especially the Gothic House of the Blackheads Guild, which has been rebuilt following its destruction, first by the Nazis and then finally, finished off by the Soviets. We also spent over two hours in the Museum of Latvia's Occupation, which details the occupation of Latvia by the Nazis and Soviets. The museum graphically details the suffering of the Latvian people under these two repressive, genocidal regimes. To understand ...
I walked to the Riga bus station with my pack and hopped on the next bus heading for Sigulda. About an hour east and a common day trip for many lounging in Riga but I wanted to take it in at my own pace. I found a cheap guesthouse and wandered to the ruins of the Sigulda Castle, a once mighty fortress dating to the 13th century and finally destroyed in the Great Northern War in the 1700s. The state of ruin offers a genuine feeling, nothing ...