Riga is not a typical European city frequented by Americans. Maybe it's a challenge to get to or there just isn't enough draw curiosity to it. That is a good thing. The weather was pleasant, the prices reasonable, and the architecture interesting. I think 5 days was enough time to get to know Riga. In hindsight, it is rather similar to Tallinn, except for maybe more Russian flavor than other neighboring countries. We managed to travel to Jurmala for a day trip which was a pleasant outting to get out of the city. It was off-season so not much was open in the beach town but it was a good break.
Buildings resemble wedding cakes at times.
The house of cats has angry cats perched on its rooftops.
The Swedish gate looks straight out of a postcard.
The freedom monument just outside of old Riga.
The view of old Riga and the more modern side of it as seen from the observation deck.
I think Riga is a fun little city to spend a couple days in. Everyone we met was friendly and genuinely curious of why a guy from Philadelphia would wander into Riga during sleepy off-season. I think you learn the most about a city when you are running into people who live in it everyday as opposed to a city slammed with tourists and foreigners. I think I'd like to come back during summer months to visit Jurmala and see how different the beach town is when it's summertime.
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