It is after a long time that I went to Riga with couple of friends to show that splendid town and help them to not get lost in the largest and warmest of the Baltic city.
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See the city from the heights
Arrived in the afternoon the first things we did was to get our hotel on the northern bank of the small river crossing the city. That was not the quality I expected but it had enough room for six people: One Czech, one Hungarian, a Polish couple, a French and me.
We pass on the Town Hall square to visit the Saint Peter’s church and its panorama view. The church hosted a collection of object related to the Baltic States, from coins to statues.
On the second day we could watch the roofs of Riga from the Latvian Academy of Sciences, that huge soviet tower standing by the market. Even though it was very cold up there, some of the girls did have a « sun bath »! No clouds and noon, the warmest time of the day probably. I realized how small was the church of the Annunciation of Saint Virgin.
Visit of the market, taste of a special water
On the second we have been looking at the large market. I did find something totally new for me: the water of tree! I never saw similar product in Estonia of Lithuania but it seems to be pretty common in the Baltic and Western Russia. Nearly all Latvian who were selling grocery had bottles of the water. I bough one for a good price and we tasted it in the evening. That was different from everything I drank before and tasty!
As I mentioned in a previous post, along the Daugava was recently built a area that I suppose must attract tourists and locals outside the old town. There was a playing ground for children with a sort of hamster’s wheel. No need to say that I acted like one and tuned! 😀 That place also got us photos with the Railway bridge.
Walking by the sea at Jurmala
Despite it was still feeling like a smooth winter I lead them to the train station to visit the seaside resort of Jurmala. With our coats we looked very cute on the beach… The high moment of that afternoon was our many attempts to catch a jumping photo of all of us. We did… almost 😀
We arrive at 5pm and left to Riga by 7pm, the sunset already happened and the night was for us now!
Party in Riga, music everywhere
Riga is a musician city. I rarely seen something similar. At every time of the year, every corners, a musician can be there, waiting for money, sharing his talent. Singers, bands, solo violinist… Any kind of artists are performing during the day.
When the night comes the city turns into a gigantic party floor thanks to its countless pubs and clubs. I brought them to my favourite discopub of the west. The two floors Omas Briljants. Good music and cheap drinks. The students didn’t stay very long except the second French guy. Us two have been to another place later in the night (morning) and then sleeping.