This is only what I remeber of Latvia and quickly wrote
down during the trip. I'm sure I've missed some details here and
there. Sorry! It's chronological, mostly.
After a short, rainy and scenic ride I arrived in Riga. I really dislike city
traffic so I was glad I could park my Alp just behind the hotel and walk the
rest of the visit. Hotel Valdemars was wonderful. The best hotel of the entire
trip. Almost as luxureous as the Utne Hotel, for less than a quarter of the
price. The food was just the best. Lots and lots of good food.
The next day I explored the city. The plan was to have a look around, find a
place to sit down, enjoy a few beers and call it a day. The rain didn't really
help. The first few hours I spent in the park, finding shelter for the rain
under the trees and obscure structures. Once the rain cleared I went out to
explore the city for a bit.
Riga, like Tallinn, is quite a nice city. It's not as beautiful or cozy, but
it's still a nice blend of architectures worth visiting. At times it seems
some parts are just build out of legos, giving Riga a nice and playful
The local beers I had, Piebalgas Alus and Tumšais Lux, aren't that nice. It
was lacking in both volume and depth. Not a beer I wouldn't drink again, but I
can't say I was that impressed. Because of the weather I had the terrass all
for myself. A street musician played the Godfather theme on a flute just
around the corner, making the whole experience a little creepy. I enjoyed it.
Riga was a nice city to visit. Not a destination in and of itself for future
trips, but I wouldn't mind visiting again. After a very good breakfast I left
for Lithuania the next day.