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Kalpaka bulvāris 13, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
You wouldn't know it at-a-glance, but this Neo-Gothic style national monument is a former military building and now Riga's Academy of Arts. We happened to walk in and without a word some nice woman lead us up the stairs. Happy to escape the cold,...
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Avotu Iela, Latgale Suburb, Riga, Latvia
Riga has beautiful parks along the canal and it is great to walk, sit in the grass, watch all the wedding parties, rent a canoe, look at the sculptures and historic buildings...
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Central District, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
This monument was built in 1935 to commemorate the Latvian War of Independence against Russia that ended in 1920. Interestingly, the monument was not torn down after the Soviets retook control of Latvia in 1940. Besides being a significant...
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Akademijas laukums 1, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
For a 360 degree birds-eye view of Riga, head to the Academy of Sciences in the former Russian quarter, Maskavas. A 1956 gift from the Soviets, for 2 lats (approx. 3) you can take a series of elevators and stairs to the 17th floor. Looking out...
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Nēģu iela 7, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Riga seems to be pretty good at recycling historical venues - the 400 year old buildings of the old town, for instance, are now pizza joints and nightclubs. The pavilions housing the central market, opposite the train station, were actually built...
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Tērbatas iela 2D, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Riga's city centre is beautifully designed, with a gorgeous park at its centre. The first evening I arrived I was, naturally, a little cautious about walking through a large open area on my own at night but as the days progressed I realised that...
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Alberta iela, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
Riga has a number of astounding Art Nouveau buildings, but no better concentration of them than on Albert Street. A short road where every building tries to outdo the last, it's the ultimate address for a pre-Raphaelite beauty (and the most...
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Nēģu iela 7, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Jet lag had us in bed early and up early. With most of Riga just getting ready for the start of the work day, my travel partner and I headed out to explore Riga's Central Market, Europe's largest market and bazaar. By the time we arrived at the...
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Laipu iela 1, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Riga is credited for being the first place to have a decorated Christmas tree and the Christmas spirit is certainly still present. The Riga Christmas Market was split between several squares throughout the Old Town. With the snow falling, people...
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Riga, Latvia
Winter can be bitter cold in Riga. I can across this tiny restaurant on my way back to the hostel. The soup I ordered was mushroom chicken with sour cream. It was delicious. It cost less than a dollar.