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Riga! by christoff on 15 September 2005 7:56pm
Hi everybody, how ya doing?

Any tips for a first timer to Latvia and Riga in particular? Must sees/must never do's?! Thanks!

Re: Riga! by intrepid on 16 September 2005 6:39pm
Hmm. Off the top of my head, I can't remember the actual names of some of the places except to call them "The 2 churches, one of which has a very tall spire and a large organ.
There's a rconstructed building near the tourist office with a funny name like "Blackhead House" which I think was a guildhall. It's near the museum commemmorating the Latvian occupation by the USSR. The park along the canal should be pleasant. Rrg. I can't remember what these places are actually called- I'll have to get back to you.
I stayed in a nice B and B in the suburbs which I'm reasonably certain also had a name.
Re: Riga! by christoff on 17 September 2005 9:32pm

Thanks for replying - I'll check the cathedrals out and the museum for sure and it's always good to chill out in a park. I've found a decent looking hostel in the old city and with a bit of luck it'll be clean!

Any traditional pubs you can remember?

Thanks again.

Re: Riga! by intrepid on 22 September 2005 7:19pm
Sorry, I've been meaning to write something less unhelpful. Is it possible for you to contact the hostel beforehand? One of the places I tried to stay at wrote to me just before I went to tell me that they were no longer open for business.
The park with the canal is a semicircle around the old city, if I remember right. The old town is pretty walkable, not much in the way of long distances.
I'm trying to remember where I ate
Re: Riga! by agroundhog on 27 September 2005 4:27pm
I don't remember where I ate or drank either, but I do remember Riga is a great little city to walk around with awesome food that was still dirt cheap when I was there way back in 98. I stayed in a B&B downtown, that was really just come on in and stay in this lady's apartment. Great way to meet a local and man, could she cook!
Re: Riga! by christoff on 27 September 2005 6:47pm
Cool, thanks for this guys!

We found a decent (hopefully) hostel in Old Riga and I've got a few places noted to visit too, Blackhead House being one of them! Soviet food (!), Latvian food and Armenian food is a must apparently and I found a guide book in Sheffield for Riga too. Bonus. I'll report back!

Flying tomorrow so extremely giddy right now.I so need a break.

Thanks again


Re: Riga! by christoff on 4 October 2005 2:39pm
Well, Riga was lovely! Stayed at a new hostel - www.riga-hostel.com - and I have to say it's the best one I've ever stayed in. Clean, spacious and well kept rooms/dorms not to mention the best hostel bogs I've ever used in a hostel. The streets are quiet during the day and not a sign of the "Brits on Tour". Yet. Not during the week at least, though we did come across two stag parties on Saturday, albeit relatively well behaved ones. All in all a great place for a short break. Cheap, very cheerful and enough to keep you occupied in the old town for a few days. Go before the louts do!

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