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Christmas trip to Riga

I’ve been growing up with the knowledge that all the countries which are located in south are warmer than those which are in the north. For example Latvia. Or Turkey.

A week ago I packed my family into our car and started to move towards Baltic’s capital, Riga. Almost traditional Christmas trip couldn’t be canceled at any chance but as our smallest part of the family is too small for flying, we decided to try something more comfortable for her – traveling by car.

It’s almost 400 km driving to Riga from our home, which means, that no stops are needed and we maneged to arrive to the hotel just before the darkness. Luckyly we choosed a hotel which is located next to the main street and there was no troubles for finding it.

I can’t talk about Riga while not comparing it to the Tallinn. It’s bigger, there’s more noise, more people, more shops, more snow (at least on those two days) and bigger shopping centers. Short walk in the older part of the town convinced us that Tallinn beats Riga in this point. Old town in the Riga is expensive, full on construction works and cars which makes decent walking in there really challenging.

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On the way back from the Latvia next day, we forgot to turn away from the highway A2 on the correct place and soon found ourselves in beautiful Sigulda and Turaida.

So do I return to the Riga for spending a holiday, for example? Rather not. Haapsalu sounds more tempting in this context.

Further reading: Latvija @ dodo.com