Arriving in Riga
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In 2010 we had to cancel a trip to Vilnius, so the initial idea for summer 2011 was to try again. For some reason however, we ended up booking a flight from Brussels to Riga with Air Baltic.
It was the first time we used this company and we were pleasantly surprised by the service, professionalism and especially the leg-room on the plane. The flight went pretty smooth and at this point I would like to recommend Air Baltic's Salmon Sandwiches. Very yum!
We arrived in Riga airport exactly when we were supposed to, and after collecting our luggage we went into the arrivals hall to locate currency exchange and then buy 2 bus tickets into town. Again, everything went perfectly smooth. Leaving the airport, it was just a matter of following the signs across the parking lot to the bus stop, where we waited for about 10 minutes for bus 22 to arrive.
All stops were clearly marked, which made it easy enough, and after a short ride we crossed the river into Riga. There is always that magical moment when the city comes into view and you get your first impression of the place, even though you're still a few miles off. There was a sparkle in our eyes, so Riga passed the first impression test. We got off at the Stockman Center and spotted our hotel right across the road.
We had to take an underpass to get to the other side of the busy street and the smells coming from the small bakeries located there made Riga pass the second test. We were not going to get hungry here.
We checked in to a very pretty room in the hotel Avalon, with views of the Zeppelin Hangars, which house the Central Market. After freshening up for a bit, we hit the town to get some supplies at a local supermarket.
We then went for a little walk through town and discovered that Riga in summer is a festive place. Every square in town had stages which promised live music in the evening every night of the week. The town is also very walkable and inviting. After exploring a bit (the real tour of the town is for the next day), we have a 'typical Latvian' dinner at the 'Black Pigeon'.
In the evening we headed to one of the squares and spent a very enjoyable evening listening to a cover band and drinking Latvian beer.
Life can be good.