Samstag, 29. August 2015

My time in Riga





I had a course to attend in Riga. Meeting local people and organisations. And trying to absorb everything of this city.

Riga and Latvia I got to know is not what you think. It is beautiful and ugly, the people are rich or poor in an unbelievable way. When you ask two people a question you will get more than three answers.

Riga has beautiful food markets and traditional crafts - yet I missed to see street-art and the food in Latvia was not up to the beautiful local products displayed in the markets.

Riga - central market





Riga - beautiful city








Freitag, 28. August 2015

Near Sabile










Near Sabile in the Kurzeme region is a beautiful outdoor art museum. It is so big you nearly do not see any other people. And nearby is a very good rstaurant. Try the potatoe pancakes or the vegetable platter and look at the art - well, that is what I did.

Travel in the Kurzeme region









From Liepaja I decided to explore a bit more of the Kurzeme region. And I really loved the landscapes and little towns, but beware of the food. As great as the landscapes looks as bad can the food in a restaurant be.
Better buy something to eat and drink in a supermarket. And the streets are really great, too. There are a lot of small streets that are only designed for one small car and consists of just some stones put on the ground. It was really fun for me to drive as fast as possible down these roads in the hope to be so fast no other car will go in the opposite direction, coz there was no space for two cars on the road.

Liepaja

After the hill of crosses in Lithuania I headed to Liepaja in Latvia. Liepaja was described in my travel book as a nice place to stay at the sea, but not beautiful.

Well, I was a bit worrying if I did the right thing to book three nights in the hotel Roze in Liepaja.







The hotel Roze is a beautiful wooden villa near to the beach and town. It was a great time to be so near to the beach and I loved the calm and easygoing atmosphere of this city.

Lithuania / hill of crosses

Last time I was in Lithuania I wanted to visit the hill of crosses. I had no idea how far away it is from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, the town I stayed last time. I was told at the bus station in Vilnius it is a long long trip and not suitable for a one day trip I had in my mind. So I visited beautiful Trakai and not the hill of crosses.

Now, some years later, I took a cheap plane to Riga and rented a car and was on my way to the hill of crosses. I had a plan and two maps - one of Latvia and another of Lithuania.









The hill is a bit difficult to find, because it is in the countryside and not in a town. It is really impressive with thousands and thousands of crosses. Small ones and big ones. Pics can not do justice the atmosphere of this place - for me it was like a sacred place with some smiling wrinkles.