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... Park. Got an ice cream bar [1.15]. Kevin thought 'You don't bring me flowers' was a country and western song; sheesh!
The present city canal is about a third of the old moat. Crossed over the padlock bridge where newlyweds swear their eternal love [and then about 70% of the in Latvia get divorced within three years].
Saw the Freedom Monument. Its three stars atop reflect the three original districts of Latvia. Off to our right was the ...
... reserved for those brave souls in safety vests I was talking about earlier.
Safe and sound
Speaking of security; Latvians all seem constantly terrified that somebody is going to steal their bike. How exactly this black market functions is unclear to me, since I was assured that Latvian students would never even consider buying a hot bike. So where do all these stolen bikes disappear to..?
Still, you are not supposed ...
... Medieval wall.
We then left the tour and sat for awhile. We had been walking for 1 and 1/2 hours. So we stopped and had coffee and beer and tasted the local specialty, potato pancakes. They were quite good.
Riga is really a beautiful city with beautiful architecture. There are cafes everywhere with colorful awnings and flower planters hanging on wrought iron railings. All in all a beautiful day.
The shop is called “Hobbywool” which I had found similar to Hollywood but when I asked her about the pun-like name, she seemed surprised about the similarity and chuckled as though she had never noticed it before. I was amused because I thought for certain it was on purpose.
Meanwhile, Ilese and I began by walking to a few locations in the central heart of Riga, past a building which has two large cats perched on top looking down on ...
... which we can totally sympathize with. It is freezing cold here with a brutal wind, and it is mid April! I can't even fathom how cold it must be in the dead of winter. Plus, we are far enough north that the length of sunlight is extremely variable depending on the time of year. So we've been having about 16 hours of sunlight so far, but they get less than 6 in the winter. Sounds brutal to me.
On Monday morning (4-11), we woke up bright ...