Do not be cheated by this picture of a lonely beach. It was taken at the end of the day, just when the sun was about to set. A few hours before it was crowded as it can get, as the many footprints testimony, even if the bathing season had not started (it was in May). In addition, water in the Baltic sea and in the Gulf of Riga in particular, is not very clean.
Practically all guide books list the cathedral of Riga as one of the most important sites of the city. Yet, Riga makes it hard to visit it! At least from the inside.
I do not remember the exact times, but it is open for a few hours per day at max. On Saturday it closes at 14h00, on Sunday and Monday it is closed all day. So if you arrive in Riga on Saturday around 14h00 and stay until Monday evening, like we did, bad luck ...
Unique Suggestions: Come early, in any case before 14h00.
Fun Alternatives: No real alternative if you want to see it.
When we got into the taxi a fellow driver shouted something in Russian to our driver. It looked as if the meter was running, but it was not. At the destination the driver just asked for a price, probably five time as a high as the normal price.
Unique Suggestions: Avoid taxis.
Fun Alternatives: Just do not take taxis in Riga, public transport is good anyway.
The accomodation in Riga is VERY expensive as this is the only big metropolis in Latvia. I think these prices works like a trap for the tourist, so T make here my advise about it.
If you are going to Riga, my advise is, the best choose for accomodation is sleeping in Jurmala. The hotels in Riga are very expensive indeed, after all the quality is not the best.In Jurmala (only about 30 minutes by train) you can find lots of hotels with very good prices, and you will be only 20km out from Riga.
It's not really a trap but sure something I didn't know. We decided to have a bar to bar-round in a street in Jurmala (which had about 28 bars) and started at the first one.... the problem is that when you order a screwdriver in Latvia, you don't get an ordinary screwdriver, you get sort of an opposite one. 80% vodka and 20% O-J..... so you have to ask specificly for a smaller amount of alcohol or they'll fix you a drink so mean that you'll hardly be able to drink it.
Going around latvia don't forget to visit Liepaja town- 3d big town in Latvia. Port town. Great beach and see sight!
Church of the Holy Trinity (Trisvienibas Baznica) in Liepaja. It boasts one of the few organs remaining in Europe whose original works were built by Johann Sebastian Bach's favorite organ builder. In Soviet times, there were regular concerts, which generated enough income to restore the church. Now, the tour buses are gone, there's little income — time and its henchmen, the woodworms, are once again taking their toll. This picture is from 1995; we have not been back since to see how the church is doing. Rastrelli did the interior!
Unit of Latvian currency, Lat is worth about 1 british pound. Since cards are often not accepted when you buy thinkgs in shops, you will be faced to handle with lots of coins (smallest bank note is 5 Lats). Keep this in mind!
Everybody should see Sigulda. This old historical architecture custle ansamble 'Turaida' make You feel Middle time inhabitants.
If you understard latvian, take a look into www.vertikalx.lv
about canoeing - http://www.laivas.lv/en/
some basic info - www.openlatvia.lv
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