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    SIGULDA CASTLE RUINS & THE NEW CASTLE

    by LoriPori Written Jun 11, 2014

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    Monday, May 26, 2014
    VT TOUR - Sigulda and Turaida Castles
    Part of our VT Bus Tour included SIGULDA CASTLE RUINS % THE NEW CASTLE
    The order of the Brothers of the Sword, began building Segulda Castle in 1207, but during the great Northern War, the castle was destroyed and really never restored again. The south-west section of the building, with its Gothic window openings and the main gate tower, are all that remains today.
    It really is a peaceful place tho, and there are wonderful views of the valley, where in the distance you can see the tower of Turaida Castle.
    The New Sigulda Castle was built 1878 - 1881 in the neo-Gothic style. Today, Sigulda Castle is occupied by the Sigulda District Council.

    The New Castle Sigulda Castle Ruins

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    VISIT TURAIDA CASTLE

    by LoriPori Written Jun 10, 2014

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    Located in the Vidzeme Region of Latvia TURAIDA CASTLE is a medieval castle in Turaida. Built in 1214, the castle has been recently reconstructed.
    The Castle is constructed mainly classic red brick. In the 14th century, the Tower shaped southern section was built. At the beginning of the 15th century, the semi rounded western tower was built.
    Domestic buildings were also erected in the inner yard of the castle.
    Located 50 km from Riga, Turaida Castle was part of our VT Bus Tour " Castles and Sauna".
    Open every day.
    Winter (Nov. 1 to May 1) 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Summer ( May 1 to Nov. 1) 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Entrance fee - Euro 2,85

    Turaida Castle

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    LIDO RECREATION CENTRE

    by LoriPori Written Jun 10, 2014

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    Saturday, May 24, 2014
    A wonderful place to bring your family is to the LIDO RECREATION CENTRE - LIDO Atputas Centrs. Our VT Group went there for Saturday night dinner and I was so impressed with the complex. Not only do they offer restaurant, beer cellar with live music, brewery, but there is a park with attractions for children.
    Open 11:00 a.m. to 24:00

    LIDO RECREATION CENTRE

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    The Pharmacy Museum

    by Inguuna Updated May 31, 2014

    Here one can observe the history of pharmacology in Latvia. But I advise you to take the guided tour, it's much worth. There one can see different pharmacology objects, containers from ceramics, dishes, glass bottles. Visit continues in healing room where one can see and feel different treatment methods. The last room displays medieval alchemist laboratory.
    Don't miss to observe house when entering museum.

    More photos of The Pharmacy Museum and Riga museums here.

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    The Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation

    by Inguuna Updated May 31, 2014

    Start your tour from the third floor where you'd be able to see the ancient artefacts in Latvia. Continue your tour downstairs observing objects to the days of Latvia First Republic. And finish your tour with the exhibition dedicated to Latvian navigation.
    The museum houses approx. 80 collections and 500 000 objects. It's located in Riga Cathedral complex. So visiting museum don't miss to see Riga Cathedral courtyard.
    Be ready - you'll need plenty of time if you'd like to see all exhibitions.
    The Riga Cathedral

    More photos of Riga Cathedral here.
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    Facade of The Museum of the History of Riga
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  • The Best of Riga

    by VirtualVittorio Written Oct 5, 2013

    I visit Riga as a tourist every year, ten times so far.
    The following plan describes my best everyday experience, as a tourist and an expat, in Riga:
    1. Stay in Radisson Blu Ridzene hotel (see photo View From My Room) or Radisson Blu Elizabete hotel;
    2. Walk the cobble streets of the old town, Vecriga, to see people and architecture, day (see photo Stone People in Socks) and night (see photo Canal Bridge At Night), have a cup of coffee and a piece of cake in a cafe;
    3. Take a short (couple stops) tram trip as a regular passenger, for about $1, in the center part of the city;
    4. Eat at International SV restaurant or at Zvejnieku Dels fish restaurant (see photo Fish Soup), Double Coffee restaurant is a good and inexpencive one too;
    5. Take some food at Gastronome Veikals in the hotel Latvija for the evening meal (see photo Olives In The Gastronome) or at Stockmann.
    6. Try not to use taxi.
    Enjoy!

    View From My Room Stone People In Socks Canal Bridge At Night Fish Soup Olives In The Gastronome
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    Enjoy the parks 2: Esplanade

    by leics Written Aug 23, 2013

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    I wandered through Esplanade park on my way to explore the Art Deco buildings of the Centra district.

    It's a lovely, leafy park with many mature trees and beautifully-planted flowerbeds (the gardeners..mostly female...were out tending them by 9am). There's a children's playground, some small fountains and a few statues. The one in the photo is of General Field Marshal Prince Michael Barclay de Tolly ...born in Lithuania but of Scottish ancestry, a Russian Field Marshal and Minister of War during Napoleon's 1812 campaign. I'm not sure why he's got a statue in Riga, except that his grandfather was mayor of the city.

    A very pleasant city park to stroll, meet friends or take the children for a run-around (all these things were happening as I walked through).

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    Art Nouveau museum

    by AnnaHermans Written Aug 4, 2013

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    In this house you can actually see what a house inside looked like during the art nouveau period. Most buildings you only see from the outside, but here you can also see wallpaper, furniture etc.
    Most beautiful are the stairs when entering the building. Don't forget to look up.

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    Riga Holocaust Memorial

    by travelfrosch Written Nov 5, 2012

    This display was erected on the ruins of a synagogue burned to the ground with the entire congregation inside during the Holocaust. A monument inside is dedicated to the memory of Zanis Lipke and other "Righteous Gentiles" who managed to save 400 Riga Jews from certain death. The monument itself consists of a wall, with several columns symbolically propping up the wall. Each column is inscribed with the name of one of the "saviors" who risked their lives to rescue others.

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    Esplanade Park

    by fachd Written Sep 24, 2012

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    On the way back to our hotel we passed Esplanade Park. It is a nice park to relax your feet after walking around the Old/New Town. It is a perfect setting for a nice stroll and dream of the next trip. The Nativity of Christ Cathedral and the statue to Mihail Barclay located nearby. It is between the Art State Museum and Nativity of Christ Cathedral not far from the Monument of Freedom.

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    Prince Michael Barclay de Tolly Statue

    by fachd Written Sep 20, 2012

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    Prince Michael Barclay de Tolly (1761-1818). He was a hero of the First Patriotic War and anti-Napoleon campaigns in Europe. The statue was made by Wilhelm Wandschneider and located at Esplanade Park. The statue standing is the third replica as the original was stolen in 1915 and the second replica got hit and dislodged by a tree in 2005.

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    George Armitstead Statue

    by fachd Written Sep 20, 2012

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    The statue of George Armitstead, his wife and a dog are located near Latvian National Opera. He was the mayor of Riga from 1901 to 1912. In 2006, Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a statue of him while on tour in Latvia, in the presence of his great grandson. (Wikipedia).

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    Historical Iron Railway Bridge

    by fachd Written Sep 19, 2012

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    I took a shot at this Railway Bridge on Daugava River. The shape of the bridge look like several mini Sydney harbor bridge joint together. The iron bridge was damaged in both World War and was rebuilt both times.

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    New Town: Riga Canal and Park

    by antistar Updated Jul 6, 2012

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    Stretching from the Daugava to the train station, the Riga canal snakes through some beautifully landscaped parkland. The water is filled with boats and fountains, and on hot blue sky days the banks are lined with sunbathers. Criss-crossing the canal across the bridges makes for a nice escape from the tight, tourist-clogged streets of the old town.

    Riga Canal Riga Canal Oskar by the Riga Canal Riga Canal Riga Canal

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    New Town: AB Dam

    by antistar Updated Jul 6, 2012

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    Offering some of the best views of the Old Town, Riga's AB Dam sits on the west bank of the Daugava river. The dam was originally built in the 1880s to protect Riga from flooding. There were plans to destroy it, but it was saved in the 1960s and rebuilt. Today it's a little bit scruffy, and in need of some regenerative love, but it's also quiet and shy of people, unlike the old town.

    Old Town from the AB Dam, Riga Oskar on the AB Dam, Riga Old Town from the AB Dam, Riga Old Town from the AB Dam, Riga Old Town from the AB Dam, Riga

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