Sunday, 5 November 2017

When in Riga - part II

Riga adventures continued! We stumbled upon a beautiful shop with an exhibition of traditional clothes from different parts of Latvia. Can you see teenagers talk about wool and long skirts instead of jeans and H&M have new collections of this type? Why not.

 Without visiting museums, you can basically make a tour of all Riga in those hours you get when you come here by boat (which is about six hours). We decided to take the slightly un-touristic route and congratulations! The Flying Frog Café appeared in front of our eyes. It is quite heavily decorated, with ornamented lamps and a huge wooden frog outsides, so it's hard to miss. Do note the tea: rowanberries, chokeberries, lemon, honey and cinnamon were lovely together.
 Interior is several cozy caves. Friend said: "You will want this for your blog, won't you?" So time to add many photos in this post are not mine.
 Perfect for brunch. They like flavours at this place and the waitor is cute. The chocolate orange cake tops the cake with hot mango sauce.
 We escaped the major rain while brunching - we thought. The rain would laugh and return later.
 Last time I was here was nine years ago, and I certainly do not recall that there is a LAKE in the city. With boats that seem to be able to take you on a romantic tour.
 Statue of independence.
 So is this. The Bremen musicians - I am sure you have heard the Grimm story
as a child - are actually looking through the Berlin wall (!). Very symbolic.
 Art repertoire now now includes a dragon, a very low maze and an... armadillo?
 "The three brothers" is a building complex with houses from different centuries shoulder to shoulder. The middle one is from 1646, but the entrance was added a century later. We discovered that not all citizens are aware of these inhabitable monuments.
 Latvian War Museum is in conjunction with this tower which was a storage for gunpowder before.
 From war to peace :) This is inside a Christian shop, with angels and lot of crystals and cute accessory.
And maybe the least impressive thing: the castle. We were slightly stunned by the absence of gold and ornaments - in contrast to the rest of the old town - the government invests a lot in recomposing it. The old town looks, in part, brand new. 

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