Thursday, July 02, 2009

Days 4 and 5: Riga, Latvia

From our Itinerary:
" Resting on the shores of the Daugava River, Riga is renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture and welcoming locals. Visit the city's fascinating open-air Ethnographic Museum before shopping in the colourful central market." Here's the Riga welcome video:

Latvia is about the size of West Virginia (24,938 m2), 43% larger than Estonia and only a hair smaller than Lithuania.  Latvia has the population of Utah (2.2 million). If Latvia was a US State it would be 41st in area and 35th in area.  Its capital, Riga, is home to about 40% of the population.  Here's 53 great atmospheric seconds of Latvia's great director Juris Podnieks from the film 'Red Hot' from 1989:

Here's a glance at Riga and the 'Baltic Riviera..'

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