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Today we took in the area of town noted for the Art Nouveau buildings. They were indeed fancy. See picture. A trip through the Art Nouveau Museum gave us a sense of what the interiors must have been like. From there we took a canal boat ride around the canal and a loop through the harbor. The cobbles were being unkind to the wounded knee so a brace was acquired at a local pharmacy. Hopefully, it will help. Some time off the feet at the hotel was in order so I went geocaching and ...
... this kind of architecture, which readers of my blog will by now be all too familiar with. It didn't disappoint, as Riga is Art Nouveau capital of the world. I included a visit to the Art Nouveau museum and well, I'll let the photos do the talking so that you can skip them if you're not keen on this kind of thing. You're clearly nuts if you don't, mind, but I guess it takes all sorts.
... it tasted really dry. We estimated its age to be about a week old. There weren't really any sit down places to eat (usually markets like these have local foods for cheap, ya know?). We saw one place that sold fried stuff with potatoes for 2 euros... But yeah. Then we walked over to the freedom monument. Funnily, there was a McDonalds right across from it. The true representation of freedom right there.. There is supposed a changing of guards at the hour every hour from ...
... were at first welcomed by a lot of Latvians as liberators from Soviet rule. However, it soon became very clear that the Nazis had no interest in an independent Latvia and settled themselves in as brutal overlords. They set up a Jewish ghetto in Riga and executed over 20,000 men women and children in the nearby forest. As the fortunes of war turned, the Soviets pushed the Nazis back and soon ruled Latvia again and would do so until 1991. There were brutal reprisals ...
... called it a night.
Wednesday morning we had a walking tour of the Old Town, reconfirming exactly how small the city of Riga was. In the matter of 2 hours, we had toured practically all of the Old City, seeing all of the old churches, city halls, and government buildings. We had the rest of the afternoon free and I set out to accomplish everything Anna (one of Tiffany's old roommates from Latvia) told me to do. Because of the small size of Riga, it wasn't ...