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Riga ........The Old and the Nouveau

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Old Town Spires

Latvija has received a great deal of funding form the European Union.  They have made many improvements and are now a destination for tourist and weekend partiers.  Despite the partiers we went anyway.  One of the interesting things about Europeans is their need to make bachelor and bachelorette parties an entire weekend event.  Riga is a favorite destination.

One of the exciting things we got to do was go to Sugulda which is a land of castles and beautiful landscapes.  We had the chance to do a summer bobsleigh run at an Olympic training center.  There are only about 8 or 9 tracks in the world where this can be done.

Art Nouveau District
  The Russian luge and bobsleigh teams practice for the Olympics on the track we used.  We were accompanied by a bachelor (stud) party group from Norway.

The old town was really nice and had some lovely buildings.  We took the long way around to get to Riga Castle the in Old Town.  We ended up going across the river and walking back in some different, less touristy neighborhoods.  We got some great shots across the river of the Old Town.  We also found the beautiful Orthodox Cathedral with the blue onion topped spires.  The brides were literally lined up outside to be married.  We saw so many different weddings on this trip.  It was definitely the season for getting married.

We took a long walk in the Art Nouveau section of town.  Embassy row was on Kalpakla bulvaris and had some amazing old mansions.  We continued on some side streets and then to Elizabetes iela.  There were so many beautiful details we were blown away.  Even though they call it Art Nouveau it is really a mixture of so many styles.  This walk was one of the highlights of the trip.  Unfortunately because we did this we missed going to the Occupantion Museum.  We will just have to go back to see that and do some other side trips in the area.

 

From here we traveled by bus to Tallinn, Estonia.

 

 

 

 

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Old Town Spires
Old Town Spires
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Powder Tower
14th century tower a…
Powder Tower 14th century tower …
Black Cat House
One of the city s…
Black Cat House One of the city …
St. Peters Church
Built in 1209 …
St. Peter's Church Built in 1209…
Spires of House of Blackheads
Spires of House of Blackheads
House of Blackheads
Built in 1344…
House of Blackheads Built in 134…
Town Hall, built in 2002.
Town Hall, built in 2002.
Latvijan RIfleman Statue
ocated a…
Latvijan RIfleman Statue ocated …
Vansu Bridge on the Daugava River
Vansu Bridge on the Daugava River
Town Center
Town Center
detail on neo-classic building.
detail on neo-classic building.
Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church
Spires of Riga
Spires of Riga
Old Town Riga and the River
Old Town Riga and the River
Row houses of Riga Old Town
Row houses of Riga Old Town
Interesting door
Interesting door
Another castle looking building
Another castle looking building
Castle looking building
Castle looking building
Busy city square in old town
Busy city square in old town
Freedom Monument
Erected in 1935 …
Freedom Monument Erected in 1935…
Freedom Monument - Bronze topper.
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Freedom Monument - Bronze topper.…
Base on the Freedom Monument
Base on the Freedom Monument
Narrow Street of Old Town
Narrow Street of Old Town
Baroque Detail
Baroque Detail
Rob horsing around
Rob horsing around
Old Town Riga and the river
Riga …
Old Town Riga and the river Riga…
Old Town Riga
Old Town Riga
Rob with a view of old town Riga a…
Rob with a view of old town Riga …
Close up - old town and river
Close up - old town and river
Brian with Riga in the background.…
Brian with Riga in the background…
Old Town from across the River.
Old Town from across the River.
Modernizing of Riga
Modernizing of Riga
Russian Orthodox Chruch Spires
Russian Orthodox Chruch Spires
Russian Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church
Little house with gardens on churc…
Little house with gardens on chur…
Riga Castle next to the bridge
Riga Castle next to the bridge
Old Town from across the river
Old Town from across the river
More Riga from the water
More Riga from the water
Riga Castle
Riga Castle
Railroad bridge across the Daugava…
Railroad bridge across the Daugav…
Vansu Bridge
Vansu Bridge
Contemporary Latvijan Sculpture
Contemporary Latvijan Sculpture
Modern Latvija
Modern Latvija
More of beautiful Riga and the Riv…
More of beautiful Riga and the Ri…
Swedish Gate
The only remaining o…
Swedish Gate The only remaining …
Detail on burial stone
Detail on burial stone
Love Locks
Love Locks
Love Locks
Love Locks
Love Locks
Love Locks
Bridge in Bastejkalns Park
When c…
Bridge in Bastejkalns Park When …
Window and roof detail in old town
Window and roof detail in old town
up close detail
up close detail
Baroque / Arabic details
Baroque / Arabic details
House on Embassy Row
House on Embassy Row
Up close detail
Up close detail
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
panel detail
panel detail
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Amazing doorway in Art Nouveau Dis…
Amazing doorway in Art Nouveau Di…
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Art Nouveau District
Orthodox Cathedral of Riga
Orthodox Cathedral of Riga
Orthodox Cathedral of Riga
Orthodox Cathedral of Riga
Orthodox Cathedral of Riga
Orthodox Cathedral of Riga
Orthodox Cathedral of Riga
Orthodox Cathedral of Riga
Olympic Training Center for Luge a…
Olympic Training Center for Luge …
Brian getting ready for his run!!!
Brian getting ready for his run!!!
I guess this is a good place to lu…
I guess this is a good place to l…
Rob, getting in his practice.
Rob, getting in his practice.
Ok....can Brian beat Robs time???
Ok....can Brian beat Rob's time???
Who knew Audi makes luge vehicles
Who knew Audi makes luge vehicles
The Soviet government had the team…
The Soviet government had the tea…
Riga Hostels review
If you are looking for the party in Riga.....this is where it is!!!
Ok, first I booked a private room. The private rooms are not in the hostel, which is in the center and located well. The private rooms are in an apart… read entire review
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