Latvia

Riga to Norway: 24 May

Today was not particularly noteworthy. We checked out of the hostel, but left our packs, wandered a bit, and had one last cheap lunch before heading to the airport. Flights to Oslo and on to Stavanger were uneventful.

On the flight to Stavanger, my seat mates were a young well-educated Norwegian couple. Their media-inspired misperceptions about the US were interesting, such as that Texas is a dangerous place to visit because even a slight infraction can land you in prison.

A few photos from our wanderings:

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The KGB headquarters, know as the “Corner House” because its public entrance was on the corner.

Tomorrow, finally, we get back to mountains. We’ve had our fill of cities for a while. Rocky trails are so much easier on the feet and legs than sidewalks!

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Riga: 23 May

We cooked breakfast at the hostel this morning. It was good, but couldn’t match those fresh croissants in Vilnius.

We made the most of morning sunshine because rain was supposed to come in the afternoon–and it did.

Riga is known for its Art Nouveau buildings. They are indeed everywhere. We do not pretend to be architectural scholars, but we enjoyed taking photos:

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The Orthodox Cathedral was magnificent. No photos allowed inside, but it was as elegant as the exterior:

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We visited an Art Nouveau museum:

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We also visited a merchant’s house. This piece is from the 1500’s:

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This beehive was repeated above every window on a building’s exterior.

A building dating from the Stalinist era:

The “Monument of Freedom” unveiled in 1935. We are impressed that neither the Germans nor the Soviets destroyed it:

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It has an honor guard:

Tomorrow more Riga, then late afternoon flight to Norway.

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