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Berga Bazaar

March 23, 2016

Riga is a beautiful capital city with plenty of things to do for tourists. As I’m an unoriginal white girl who likes to take pictures with classic tourist attractions, I don’t usually have time to relax and see the city as a local would. However, Riga is one of those cities you want to see from the point of view as a local. It’s mesmerising but the true beauty comes from inside a café or a boutique, hanging out with a cup of tea and watching the world from the window. Continue Reading…

latvia, riga, travel

Latvian Academy of Sciences vs St Peter’s Church

February 24, 2016

The Latvian Academy of Sciences, nicknamed ‘Stalin’s Birthday Cake’ by locals, is a 107-metre highrise in Central Riga and one of the more notable examples of Stalinist architecture in Latvia. Originally intended to be Kolkhoz workers building, a hotel or a dormitory for farm workers, the building was instead turned into an academy for scientists, researchers and historians. Continue Reading…

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Riga’s Art Nouveau District

February 19, 2016

Before visiting, I pictured Riga having mostly modern, some old fashioned and sparsely art nouveau style architecture. Oh how wrong I was. The art nouveau architecture is everywhere you turn and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be singing the intro to ‘Bel Air’ by Lana Del Rey around every corner. “Gaaargooooyles, staaanding at the front of yo-our gate”. You won’t know which way to turn for romantic tortured faces with floral motifs. Continue Reading…

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Tales of Cats and Christmas Trees in Old Town Riga

February 10, 2016

Maybe Riga isn’t going to win prizes for Europe’s most attractive city any time soon (the competition is high), but there’s beauty in the run down buildings and the hodge-podge skyline of mid-century churches and modern high rises. In fact, Old Town is considered a world heritage site and Riga won the European Capital of Culture in 2014. This is not a city to be overlooked. Continue Reading…