Sunday, October 14, 2007

Riga, Latvia

Hello Folks,
I have moved on to Riga, the Latvian capital where I am staying in a very nice and cheap hotel. Today I saw a very moving museum on the Occupation of Latvia by both the Soviets and Nazis. Yesterday it was raining all day, and i travelled here from Siauliai in Lithuania, near which stands this amazing Hill of Crosses. Thousands and thousands of crosses of all sizes placed on a hill. If i get some time i will have to put some photos up, it really was amazing.

Following Latvia's history to indepenence over the last 100 years was equally as amazing. Riga is a much bigger city than Vilnius, and at the moment colder. The wind outside is enough to freeze my hands... which it nearly did.
What else is there to tell? A few days ago i visited Trakai outside Vilnius, where an old (14th century) castle has been rebuilt. The 1960s reconstruction is not 100% authentic, but it was worth seeing and a nice day trip from Vilnius.
I have another day in Riga before heading out to the Estonian island of Saaremaa.

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