I finally did it! I went to another Latvian city than Riga. I took a bus and drive to Jelgava in the morning. It is the second student city after Riga and is told to have a nice old town and a typical baroque palace.
Jelgava isn’t a big city or at least I preferred to stay in the city centre. From the bus station I walked on the shopping street of the city. It has some traditional product sold and restaurant, nothing fancy, we are in a small Latvian town.
This street leads to a park where is the Tourism Office. It occupies an old church that has been heavily destroyed during the war. Only the bell tower lasted and have been transform into a viewing platform. I talked with a guide who told me that he could show me the place and explain me a little about history and geography before he met his group. We went up there and had a good view on the city. He mentioned that behind the Palace I could see wild horses!
Jelgava Palace and wild horses
The Palace being the main attraction there I walked to it and made photos of this building looking tired. Its painting fell apart from the walls and the general aspect needs an emergency refreshment. Inside the year it looks much better, wall are well painted, flowers are shinning and grass is perfectly cut and green.
Listening to what the guide said I walked to the field. This area is on the same island of the palace and is enclosed between rivers, so horses cannot escape. I was feeling lucky because they were a lot hanging out near the gate I couldn’t cross. There were two groups, one formed with horses who like sun and another with those who didn’t.
Churches of Jelgava
I lead again to the city and went to the Orthodox church I wanted to see. From images it was a cute and blue. What I see was cute and blue. Not disappointed. I will mention by saying that a storm started and the rain came fast, I just had the time to protect myself inside the church, looking at the door the trees shacking.
In front of the orthodox church also stands a catholic one that look not as nice and is made of bricks like many construction in the Baltic States. I had lunch in Mc Donalds and got to the bus station just in time to step in the first bus to Riga!
July in Riga
The day after I stayed in Riga and wanted to explore some area nearby the Daugava. My attempt to make a photo of the old town from the bridge encountered an issue, one of the pedestrian tunnel have been closed. Daugava is a large river, and the bridge is long.
I stopped on an island where the only building present is the Radio Tower, and walk on it to get to the railway bridge, unluckly a fence was there and prevents me to pass.
Two hours of walk for nothing I would say but the view on some building was good and original: TV tower, Academy of Sciences… I usually don’t see them from such place.