Beautiful Riga

Riga-33Black Cat House.

I didn’t expect to find Riga so charming and pretty. I enjoyed wandering through the Old Town of Riga. It has everything you would like to find in an old town: narrow, cobbled streets, very well preserved (16th-18th century) houses, hidden alleyways, many town squares, open air restaurants, cafes and great food. I fell in love with Art Nouveau Distric, there are about 800 buildings in this style in Riga (built in the late-19th and early-20th centuries). All of them are elaborate, with funky gargoyles, masks, statues, flowers flowing lines, geometrical ornaments and stunning doorways.

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Riga-26Museum of the Occupation of Latvia.

Riga-36Doma Laukums – or Dome Square

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Riga-21St Peter’s Church.

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Riga-12Dome Cathedral peeking through the trees.

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Riga-10Narrow, cobbled streets of Old Town.

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Riga-8The Freedom Monument.

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Riga-27House of Blackheads.

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It was a quiet weekend. Local people going about their lives and enjoying summer. Surprisingly there weren’t many tourists around. Riga is a perfect city for weekend break. I wonder now why isn’t more popular. It was my first visit in Latvia, but it won’t be last.

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