Lockdown Armchair Travel – Latvia – A December Weekend in Riga, 2006

L is for Latvia and a weekend in Riga in December 2006 to celebrate Mrs Chrisparkle’s birthday. My overriding memory of Riga in December is that it was TOTALLY UTTERLY COMPLETELY FREEZING COLD – in fact, I’ve never felt that level of cold before or afterwards. Apart from that it was a fascinating mix of the Western and the Soviet, set in a beautiful old town that is small and delightfully compact, to walk around easily. I don’t have that many photos from that weekend but I hope this gives you a flavour of what it was like.

So what do you think of, when you think of Riga? I’ll always think of this….

Snow in RigaSnow everywhere! It’s a beautiful, stately city. Perhaps its most impressive sight is the House of the Blackheads, which isn’t anything to do with poor facial hygiene, but a 14th century guildhall for unmarried merchants, shipowners, and foreigners in Riga.

House of the BlackheadsMore modern buildings include the Freedom Monument, constructed to honour the soldiers who died in the Latvian War of Independence (1918-1920)

Freedom Monumentand the Rainis Monument, commemorating the Latvian poet – and yes he does look like Lenin,

RainisRiga has plenty of attractive bridges over the river Daugava

Bridge over riverPlus generous open spaces

Open spacelike this area beside the one of the many ornate churches. There are also stunning views from the top of St Peter’s Church

View of the cityIn many directions!

More viewsAs it was near Christmas, they had a lovely Christmas market too!

Thanks for joining me on this little travelogue. Stay safe!

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