|Fireworks at the River Dyna at New Year 2015/16|
Latest turn of the year we stayed the city that once upon a time was Sweden's largest city, namely the current Latvian capital, Riga.
|Riga's famous waterfront.|
|Entrance into Hotel Kolonna is through the little gate behind the car.|
The old City of Riga strikes a similarity to the Old City of Stockholm, across the Baltic Sea, but is larger and offers more of variety.
For instance, the Italian Restaurang Monterosso is a goody among all sorts of establishments.
Then again you have all the small and large cafés, bars, and pubs.
|Staircases leading down to the il Patio-restaurant on Kaļķu iela 6.|
Riga is a city of contrasts: new and old, prosperity and of poverty, all visible in it's streets.
Just outside the Old City is The Market.
Everything the people could not have in the time of the Socialist regime, they now have access to. And here, it's cheap to!
As everywhere else, unfortunately not all folks has a place in the Sunny Side of Life, but they are not to be seen within the confines of the Old City itself. At least, they are no foreigners having made parasitism their art and trade.
Then there are the other markets;
|The Lutheran St. Peter's Church charges for entering. Out of princip I do not bye that concept. Here at New Year's night.|
Roman-Catholic St. Jacob's church proved to have very limited hours open to the public.
|The Main Ikonostas|
|The "Three Brothers"|