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... NO restaurants, bars, or shops for miles..... we thought we were in the twilight zone. We walked 1 mile or more to the beach (instead of the 2 blocks from Majori) and had a nice picnic, until a really drunk Russian couple befriended us and wouldn't stop trying to communicate in drunken Russian. My sober Russian's not so good, so it was even harder.
When we made it back to the train ride home, the conductor said we ...
... shops seem to do a bustling trade in it.
I'd intended to be in Riga for a few days, and to visit the surrounding towns and national parks and see more of Latvia. Unfortunately, circumstances being what they were, I only had about twelve hours to see the city. So, tired as I was, I decided to make the most of it and set out to explore.
Riga's Old Town is actually very nice. It's bigger than Vilnius, but still pretty compact and can be walked from one end to the ...
... We left at 7:45 on the dot. The announcer said we'd cross the border at 10:20, nailed it precisely. Furthermore, about 30 minutes after we had crossed into Latvia we were pulled in by the border police who checked everybody's visas, and then we pulled into Riga at 11:56 (ok, ok, 1 minute late. Unacceptable!).
Unfortunately, the weather in Riga was less impressive. Cloudy. Rainy. Substantially better than Tallinn (at least it was ...
... saw the sights by conducted walk, hop on/off buses, cruising the river and just rambling. Probably the most outstanding part were the 800+ art nouveau buildings from the early 1900's, the largest covered markets in the world (where one can purchase all types of smoked fish, unpasturised milk (and cheeses, butter etc.) and fresh vegies straight form the producer) and a cousin to the 7 sisters of Moscow.
... relief, i didn't ask while we were having lunch, though it did cross my mind.
Speaking of brutally annoying people, there is a mother-daughter team on the tour who seems to be quite difficult. Every time Pierre stops in the bus aisle to wait for the mother to get up from her seat and pass, trying to be the gallant gentleman that he is, she looks up at him and yells "Go! Go!" like he's the most impatient guy in the world who's pushing her. He already has ...