Rocking Riga

Old Jan 12th, 2014, 05:17 PM
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Rocking Riga

It is late in the evening when I arrive in Riga after a comfortable bus ride from Tallinn, Estonia. Checking in at Hanza Hotel I am told this is a good time to visit as Latvia is about to being celebrating its independence with a “Festival Of Lights” around the city.

I take my customary late night walk around Riga and discover that it not only has something in common with my adopted homeland but I also end up hanging out with a “Funny Fox”.

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Old Jan 13th, 2014, 01:18 AM
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DMBTtraveler, I have always heard that Riga is lovely. Thanks for sharing...
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Old Jan 13th, 2014, 11:50 AM
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I thought Riga was nice and definitely worth the visit.. Still have a few more postings to share
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I am still interested....
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Old Jan 15th, 2014, 09:38 AM
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Sightseeing Around Riga

Under cloudy skies with a dampness in the air, I take a stroll to do some sightseeing around Riga. Near my hotel is a monstrous building as in “Frankenstein” monstrous that I find interesting especially when I discover it has a science connection to it. Just makes me wonder what type of experiments have gone on or are still occurring there.

There is no wondering what is going at the Central Market which is buzzing with activity from all types on sellers and buys. The fresh fruits and vegetables are amazing although I find the prices a little steep.
A small snack will do as I am planning a nice meal at a local restaurant highly recommended by my hotel front desk clerk.

Walking this city is amazing with so many things to see that you can easily be pulled in all directions. I take a hike along the river towards Riga Castle and Our Lady Of Sorrow, the first catholic church in the city. Next it is in and out of narrow streets and alleys checking out all of the other cool buildings and churches. The architecture and history of many of these buildings is just simply astonishing.

One such building is the impressive House Of Blackheads built in the 14th century but severely damaged and pillaged in World War II. Rebuilt to its former glory in 1999, it now serves as a temporary home for use by the President of Latvia.

Eventually my stomach lead me to Lido Vermanitis but not before taking in a few more sights around the city. I sure am happy about the earlier tip to eat here and I do my best to not let my eyes become bigger than my stomach.

Because the restaurant is so pack I have the good fortune to have a mother and daughter ask to sit at my table. Their joining me makes my meal an even more pleasant experience as we fumble our way through a dinner conversation. The starting point of which is the shirt the daughter is wearing. It is embroidered with the name of a place I once called home, The City Of Angels.

Bon Appetit!


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I have followed you to several of your destinations and used many of your suggestions. We seem to enjoy the same things!

We are thinking about Riga, Vilnius, and Minsk for our summer trip (went to Helsinki, St Petersburg, and Tallinn last summer). So excited to find you posting reports.

I'm eagerly awaiting the next installments.

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Old Feb 3rd, 2014, 02:14 AM
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Very Cool

I am also thinking about Minsk and hope to go in May when you do not need a visa because of the Ice Hockey Championship. Went to Vilnius as a part of this trip and would definitely like to go back there again.
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The Dome

Anchored at the largest square in Riga is the simple but impressive Riga Cathedral. This amazing building got its start in the early 1200's. Having been rebuilt several times over the years this cathedral has an impressive mix of architectural styles that makes the price of admission worthwhile.

I am told more amazing is being in “The Dome” for one of the many concerts or recital held here. The pipe organ here is just as impressive as the building itself. I imagine hearing it being played would certainly be an enjoyable experience.

Just outside of Riga Cathedral there are many outdoor restaurants and cafes where you can relax and bask in this beautiful part of the city.

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Riga is certainly well worth a visit. I was lucky enough to do a cruise from Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Riga, Dansk, Gottland and back to Stockholm. Out of the major cities, Riga was our favorite hands down.
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Slappin Annie

For me, few things are cooler than a rocking female musician. Visit RockABilly House on a Friday or Saturday night while you are in Riga and you might agree with me.

Slappin Anne and the crew has a whole lot of shaking going on.

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