I have. Well, I was going to write a post about my Latvian adventures anyways, but as I was sitting at a fancy restaurant in the old part of Riga called “Black Cat Home”, eating my almond biscuit, I decided I would as well write something.Have you ever had a dessert so good you decided to blog about it?
Fall break is an amazing thing. Because us, exhausted students truly need some time to chill after mid-terms and complicated writing assignments. Therefore, I started planning my trip to Riga as soon as possible. It is always good to know what you will be doing in advance. I started searching for transportation to Riga and found Ollex tours, which take you from Klaipeda’s bus station to different locations in Riga (it could be airport, bus station on port). The busses are super comfortable and reasonably priced. Round trip cost me about 28 euros. I made my booking in advance, which made my ticket price go even lower. So, transportation – check!
My friends and I were planning on staying in Riga for 3 night, therefore I needed to find a good place to stay. Onlinebooking.com is an amazing website for that. I booked a hotel there and paid 67 euros for 3 person bedroom, 3 nights. (You do the math, it is not expensive at all). The place was fine for staying there at night. But it was located right in the center of Riga, really close to the Old Town, which was extremely convenient, as we did not want to take a bus and just walk around the city.
We left Klaipeda at 6 o’clock in the morning on October 25th and arrived in Riga at 10:30 am. We pretty much had a whole day to explore. So we went to the Old Town and started loving it right away! How can every single building be so beautiful? Then we went to the downtown and decided to take a look at Riga skyline from the top of Radisson Hotel. Yes, you can do that and no, there is no fee for that (perfect for students, right?!). Apparently there is a bar on the 26th floor, which looks over the whole town, but you don’t need to go there. They have a big window for skyline viewing purposes in the hallway. And don’t forget to check out the cool elevator, which is made of glass and feels like you’re falling on the ground when taking it from 26th floor to the bottom.
There are many cool things to see in Riga, but I have my own favorites, so I will definitely write about them. If you come here, go to the Saint Peter’s Cathedral! The architecture, the beauty and perfectness of that place is breathtaking! And remember that I come from the country of churches and cathedrals and I can not easily be impressed by those kind of places.
Another favorite was the pub “Ribs & Rock” . If you have ever been to any “Hard Rock Cafes” and liked it, you will definitely enjoy the atmosphere there. We just had a dinner there, listened to some live music and went out to see Riga at night. Do that also, it is beautiful out there.
I also remembered this craft shop in the Old Town near the arc. It was just a random shop with an extremely weird atmosphere and even more wicked hand-made toys and music boxes. Emily and Nino bought couple of those and they play gorgeous melodies. I have provided a photo of one of them so you can see how beautiful and cute they are.
I just simply loved the whole city and the old town in particular.The long, narrow streets and old buildings make you feel like a real European. Small, cozy cafes are to die for! After mostly eating at McDonald’s and Cilli Pizza, we decided to have a nice lunch at a good restaurant. And we ended up here, ordered almond biscuits and some tea and decided to chill here for a while.
As I have said before, I love travelling, but there is nothing better than going back home. And of course by that I mean Klaipeda. We are leaving tonight and I can not be more excited. I will leave you now, continue chatting with my friends.
Bye bye ma dears,