Friday, 20 July 2012

A Summer Stroll in Riga

Riga, Latvia

It's taken me a very long time to sort through all my photos from last summer's Baltic odyssey, not least because we took thousands of pictures. But I'm starting to get to grips with it, now, and wanted to start by sharing some shots from the beautiful streets of Riga.

Riga, the capital of Latvia, doesn't quite have the chocolate-box charm of its much-fĂȘted neighbour Tallinn - but it's still a gorgeous medieval city with plenty of picturesque streets, broad plazas, and quiet corners to explore. Here are just a few scenes to whet your appetite...

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia


Rachel said...

Riga does look lovely!
Is that a painted drain or is covered in knitting in that last photo?

Stephanie V said...

The buildings are all so interesting to look at. It also seems really clean and bright. Gotta love that painted drain. All the ornate architecture is distilled into the pure ornament of that one pipe.

A Cuban In London said...

Unless I'm wrong, Latvia used to be part of the Soviet empire. The city has a very peculiar character, which your excellent photos more than highlight. I quite liked the contrast between blue and overcast skies. It brings some drama to the images.

Greetings from London.

becky said...

i, too, noticed the colorful, alternative-art drainpipe...stands out like a bit of graffiti in a world of medieval it!...shows attitude!

Roz said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely photos of your trip! I love the architecture and the quaint flower shops along the streets!

Stepping Out of the Page said...

Oh wow - such fantastic photos! What an absolutely photogenic place. I would really love to visit there one day after seeing these beautiful images.

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Savings in Seconds said...

I never thought I'd say, "I really want to travel to Latvia." After seeing your pictures, it's tops on my list. Love that architecture!

christine said...

it really does look as if someone has knitted a scarf to keep the drain pipe cosy in the winter, doesn't it? how wonderful.

do you think people come to England and admire our architecture in the same way as we adore looking at theirs? x

Charlotte Klein said...

What a cute town! I would love to go. Also what is the pipe decorated with in the last picture? Paint or yarn? Either way, how incredibly adorable!

Kelly said...

Beautiful photos!

Lisa said...

One for my bucket list to trace the birthplace of my Great Grandfather. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos.
I have contacted you via my blog address.

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