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