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September, 2016

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Riga, the capital of Latvia, is a wonderful mix of old world charm and modern comforts. The bars are a delight, with most of them having stocks of the many local beers. Some have their own bruaries on the premisis. The service is outstanding for food entertainment and comfort. The bars that are outside are often suplied with lovely soft blankets over the back of the chairs in case there is a chill in the air. The five large “Zeplin hangers” are now the largest market I’ve ever seen. One is all fish, another meat, a third fruit and veg. A fourth dairy and the last delicatessen. Outside is all market stalls with wonderful flowers, fruit, clothes, confectionery and general products. The market is open from 7am to 5pm every day except new years day.

The buildings are mainly art deco and very grand. There are free guides walking around and you just have to join the tour group at any point. You just give a tip at the end if you want. Wi-fi is very good and much faster than UK. Every establishment has free wi-fi with the password either written on the wall or the staff will give you a piece of paper with it written on. Entertainment is often local artists who entertain for gratuities. Others are established blues or jazz bands who must be paid by the bars or cafes. We never had to pay to be entertained. The city also has a zoo, a medieval village and a new motor museum to rival Buleigh. A wonderful time was had by all.


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