Last night in Riga was quite rage blizzard. In the morning everybody discovered the consequences of that like traffic jams and delay in transport. Riga is not ready for that kind of winter :) It took 3 times longer for me to reach my workplace. Railway Museum in the snow.
Swastika is flying over Riga buildings because Latvian Legioners got approval for their new event. A joke! :) Miss Irena's Children movie is being filmed in Riga this days. This movie tells the story about Polish jews during Second World War, and will be released in 2009.
Today is a big date in Latvia. 90 years since our country became independent from Russia and Germany. At that time, in 1918 there was no such word Latvia at all. The country was formed from the lands belonging to two big neighbours, but the people was speaking in one Latvian language. During that time Russia wanted to recover their authority on their former land. And Germany wanted to create The United Baltic Duchy from territories where Latvia and Estonia are now. This Baltic Duchy would be under the German rule. All their plans fell to the ground, because of people like Karlis Ulmanis, which made dreams about the country for Latvian people came true.
Dienvidu Tilts (South Bridge) is open! My warmest congratulations to everyone in Latvia, because this is the most important project in the country for the past 20 years! Despite long building and dubious tests, Dienvidu Tilts looks now very elegant! Since today Riga has 5 bridges over wide Daugava river.
Hotel Radisson SAS Daugava during Staro Riga days. The hotel looks like a wrapped gift, and the flag of Latvia is used as wrapping ribbon :) Or it is just showing direction where to look. Because on the right hand of Radisson is nicely decorated Vansu Tilts. Updated: Hotel was renamed to Radisson Blu in Summer 2009.
Today in Riga started a big event - Staro Rīga (Riga is shining) I will try to cover all shining objects in Riga during next few days. This is Vansu tilts over Daugava river. Swedbank skyscraper is on the left.
Military parade of Latvian army on Lāčplēsis Day showing Latvian forces. It could be compared to Red Square Parade :) Even for me, patriot of my country, it is funny to see those lumbering cabriolet technic waddling on Daugavpils streets. From whom they could protect us? What kind of great power they want to show?
Āzene is a small river which flows parallel to Daugava. Interesting fact that Azene is the same river as Zunda. The beginning of one river is Azene, but the ending is Zunda. And of course nobody knows where is the border :)
Zelta Zivtiņas tunelis is a pedestrian tunnel under 13. Janvara street. Named after Zelta Zivtina (Gold Fish) mobile prepayment card, owned by TELE2. A good mural design made this tunnel more lively and colorful, especialliy during grey autumn.
Evaņģēliski Luteriskā jaunās svētās Ģertrūdes baznīca (New Saint Gertrude's Evangelic Lutheran Church) is located between Brīvības un Cēsu streets. It looks like it splits Brivbias iela. Impressive building in gothic style was built in 1906
I think that the last days are numbered, when I can put the picture of this guy without telling who is him. Makslinieki Sawienojieties means Artists unite in Latvian. For the past months I couldn't figure out the story behind this writing and George Walker Bush portrait.
I nearly forgot about first anniversary of Riga Daily Photo blog :) One year ago I revived already dead blog about Riga from scratch. And till now I am keeping it in a good order ;) A lot of pictures were published here, and even more were taken. And it is impossible to calculate how many man-hours were spent for this brainchild :) But only because of running this blog, I get know much better my city, have discovered hundreds of small and big facts about Riga. Finally, I've improved my English :)
Русская Библиотека (Russian Library) is the only place in Riga where books in Russian language are in plenty. Due the lack of room the books had been placed in organized piles. These book columns are so tall as to reach the ceiling. No space for Bookworms, no space for new books, even no space to put my camera to take a good shot ;) Unfortunately Russian books will not have any place in currently building National Library, because it will be Latvian one.
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