January 18, 2015

Riga Round Two

I was fortunate enough to go to Riga last year with my dad and brother (click for last year's blog post on Riga, I loved it so much that I just had to go back again.  My mother and sister wanted to go on a little trip with me while visiting us in Finland so I picked Tallinn & Riga as our quick little girls get-away.  

We had spent the night in Helsinki after watching Sam's team (SaiPa) play HIFK Helsinki.  Early the next afternoon we caught a ferry to Tallinn, Estonia.  This is where my cars GPS stopped working.   Thankfully my dad has been forcing me to still use maps {old school, paper maps} in this modern day and age so I wasn't too concerned. We found the way quite easily. It took us about four hours to get from Tallinn to Riga, we checked into our hotel and went out to see the city.  We had wonderful dinner at Lido. It is a buffet style restaurant that has basically every traditional Latvian dish.  It is the same restaurant I went to last year with the boys.  After that we went to THE COOLEST medieval restaurant and had drinks and desert. 

The next day we went out and braved the freezing cold, slush, wet, wintery, rainy, snowy, gloominess.  Our first stop was the Riga Central Market which I love.  You can get anything and everything there.  My favorite purchase I made last year was honeycomb and so I stocked up again this year! {I may or may not eat it by the spoonful} 

After that we went into the old town and had a delicious & flavorful lunch.  We walked a little more around the old town and saw some of the highlighted sights then headed back to our hotel for the evening.  We were exhausted.  We contemplated just ordering room service and watching pay-per-view all night, but we decided we could do better and went into the old town & out for dinner for our second & final evening in Riga.  It was so fun to walk around Riga because even thought it was January, they still were all about Christmas.  They had multiple Christmas markets open and even a little snow bunny winter village.  We walked around for a while and then called it a night. 

The next morning I had one more thing that I wanted the girls to see before we headed off to Tallinn, the beautiful Art Nouveau.  Riga is known for having remarkable Art Nouveau (read more about it here) so I didn't want the girls to leave without getting to look at some of the more well known buildings.  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for driving so far to show us all this (especially since you had seen it all previously). Love you ❤