Tag Archives: Riga

Riga Art Nouveau Buildings

Friday Photos – Art Nouveau Architecture, Riga

Riga is famous for its Art Nouveau (or Jugendstil) architecture, a form most popular from the 1890’s until around 1910. There are over 100 buildings of this style in Riga, with the best examples in Alberta Street. The excellent Art Nouveau Museum is also at the end of the same street.

Aerial View of Riga

Baltic Greats – Riga to Tallinn, Part 1

In 2019 we had a trip booked to two Baltic capitals but had to cancel at the last minute. We decided to rebook for 2020, following exactly the same itinerary that we had planned before flying Air Baltic, staying in central AirBNBs and taking a train between the two cities. All worked like clockwork, the […]

Friday Photo – The House Of Blackheads, Riga

I am on my second visit to Latvia’s capital. This building is named after the African missionary (St Mauritius) who refused German orders to execute locals who refused to convert from paganism to Christianity. This saw him beheaded himself, hence the building name.

Wordless Wednesday – Riga Rail Bridge

My European Capital Ranking – 10 to 6

Now the competition is really hotting up. I bet there are a few people’s number one city in this bunch…… 10 Athens I love Mrs Wilbur’s home city. The acropolis area is wonderful to visit by day and gaze at by night, the Acropolis Museum is great (even for a museum probe like me!), the […]

Regal Riga

With a few days leave to use up, I decided that I would make whistle stop visits to two of the few European countries that I was yet to visit. First destination was Latvia’s capital for a two night, 36 hour jaunt with Wizz Air. Widely regarded as the best of the Baltic State capitals, I […]

Friday Photo – 13

This photo was taken from my trip this week to Riga, my first ever visit to Latvia. I took it from atop the tower of St Peter’s Church. The buildings in the foreground house Riga’s main  market. Fascinatingly they started life as zeppelin hangars. Does anybody know of any more unusual building conversions from around […]