Temporary Riga photos are being published not in a regular manner due to blog author has moved to Vilnius.

Kebab Bistro

Kebabu bistro
Kebab place on Barona street, just next to VEF bridge, is one of few places in Riga where you can order quite good Kebab.
Kebab is very popular dish in every global city, therefore it became one of the symbols of multicultural cities.

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11. Novembra Krastmala

Vienpadsmita Novembra krastmala
11. Novembra Krastmala (Embankment of 11th November) is a wide boulevard along Daugava river between Railway Bridge and Suspension Bridge.
Latvians commemorate at 11th November the victory over the Germans at the battle of Riga in 1919.
Those battles were for the Independence of Latvia.

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Through Protests

LNB building in March 2009
As you can see for the past 3 months the view of the most important building in Latvia is not changed.
If you compare this photo to the previous one, then you won't notice any difference, except removed graffiti from the fence.
But National Library is still under construction. Despite financial crisis and heavy critics is going on and on!

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Imperial Design

house interior of Imperial Riga
Interior of the rich Latvian flat in the beginning of the 20th century.
Design is exhibited in the Museum of History of Latvia, which is located inside of Riga Castle.

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Āgenskalna Tirgus

Agenskalna tirgus
Big red brick building is Āgenskalna tirgus (Market of Agenskalns neighborhood). It is one of the biggest markets in Riga.
Market was built just before 1st World War in 1914 and quickly became very important shopping point in Riga.
It became especially vital when Riga was split into two big parts, because of bridge demolition.
Nowadays, Agenskalna tirgus is informal center point of all Pardaugava area.
The prices here slightly lower than at Central Market.

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Maskavas Forštate

Maskavas forstate
Maskavas forštate is one of the biggest areas in Riga covering several neighborhoods under one name.
Soviet Kengarags is in the far end. And poor Maskachka is at the foreground of this panorama taken from Science academy

Newly built Daugava South Bridge and TV Tower can be seen at the background right corner.

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Agenskalna Tornis

Agenskalna tornis
TV and Radio tower in Agenskalns (Agenskalna Tornis) neighborhood was built in 1955.
Tower was transmitting first TV shows for left side of Riga, which is called Pardaugava.
Its height is 110 meters and it was twin of Tower on Radio iela.

See also current TV Tower in Riga.

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Zasulauks Home

Zasulauks home
Typical house in Zasulauks neighborhood of Riga. Zasulauks area is full of private houses for 1-2 families.

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Ski track

Skiing in Riga
Ski track in the Park of Victory is still operating despite last day's warm and sunny weather.
Latvia has strong skiing traditions, but nowadays we are a little bit behind in world championships ;)

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Krogs Aptieka

Krogs Aptieka
Krogs Aptieka (Pharmacy Bar) is a funny name for a bar located on Maza Miesnieku street in Riga Old Town.
Interior design (scattered pills, medical equipment on shelves) makes you feel that you are in real pharmacy shop.
Regular visitors are mostly alternative people. It is said that some of them are living in Aptieka :)

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Early Spring in Vecriga

Early spring is coming to Riga
Daugava, the main river in Riga, got released from the ice, so the spring 2009 is officially came!
By the way, Meteorologists generally define the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere as March 21.

Photo has been taken from Peter's Church and favours go to Miriam@Reznas.

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Church of Annunciation of St. Virgin

Pareizticigo Sv. Dievmates pasludinasanas Rigas baznica
Храм Благовещения Пресвятой Богородицы or Pareizticīgo Sv. Dievmātes pasludināšanas Rīgas baznīca (Riga Orthodox Church of Annunciation of St. Virgin) was built in 1778 as simple wooden building in Moscow suburb of Riga, along with main road to Moscow.
After big fire in 1812 it was rebuilt by the best tradition of the Russian Church and became one of the most important Orthodox church of Riga and remains so up till now.
Because of the holy icon of Nicholas it is called among people as У Николушки (By Nicholas)
Also this church got nickname Market Church, as Central Market is just 5 minutes from here.

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Rīgas Valsts tehnikums

Rīgas Valsts tehnikums
Rīgas Valsts tehnikums (Riga technical school) is on of the first educational institution in the world, where it was possible to study in Latvian language.
RVT was opened in late 1919, just after Latvian University was formed.
During Soviet times the name of this school was Rīgas Industriālais politehnikums or just RIP :)
RVT is located on Krisjana Valdemara iela, next to Old Town.

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Anglikāņu baznīca

Anglikanu Baznica
Anglikāņu baznīca (Anglican Church) is the only church in Riga related to Church of England.
This one in Old Riga is built in the middle of 19th century for British traders visiting Riga.

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Swedbank Skyscraper

Swedbank main office
Swedbank main office building in Riga is the tallest skyscraper in Latvia.
Actually, the building name is Saules Akmens, which literally means Stone of the Sun.
Saules Akmens had been built in 2004, and at that time it was residence of Hansabanka, which had been bought to and renamed to Swedbank in the end of 2008.

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Legion Day

Latvian Legion Day in Riga
16 March is one of the controversial subjects in Latvia.
Briefly saying it is day to revere the memory of Latvian people who had fought during second world war.
The controversy is about what they had fought for: against Red Army or for Nazi SS or still for Independence of Latvia?
I guess at that time nobody knew which front is bad and which is even worse.
Latvia was in the middle of two big powers, so Latvians had joined different forces.
The war's aftermath is that Latvia had joined to Soviet Union and had lost its recently gained independence.
So nowadays the people who were fought against Soviet Army are being called as freedom fighters or Hitler's supporters
However, I would like to repeat, at that time nobody knew what is going to happen.


See also Latvian Legion Day in 2008

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Melted Barona

Melted snow on Krisjana Barona iela
This is what happens to the roads, when during spring time the snow piled up knee-deep in one go.
Picture of Krišjāņa Barona street at early spring or late winter?

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Ice Walker

Daugava walker
Today is the 500th day since Riga Daily Photo blog had reborn.
The 1st photo was during the autumn 2007 with the same ship as this one - Vana Tallinn.
I wanted to stop write this blog many times, but something always forces me to continue.
On the photo MS Regina Baltica

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Snowy Alley

Parkway in snow
Winter night on the park alley next to Orthodox Cathedral.
It looks quite mysterious. It is almost perfect picture for the Friday 13th! :)

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Snowstorm at Market

Market in winter
Despite the snowstorm people working hard at Central Tirgus.

Guest Photographer is Miriam @ Reznas

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Pigeons are watching

Pigeons during winter
Pigeons are sitting on the fence and watching.. Nobody else knows what is happening there.
Over the fence is the convent of the Trinity and Saint Sergius, which is next to Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.
Heavy snow on the trees is the result of yesterday snowfall.

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Massive Sledding

massive sledding in Riga parks
Sometimes in Riga, there is little or no good sledding during the winter, but not this year!
Today is again giant snowfall, as many times during last several months.

See another shot of tobogganing in Riga.

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Urban Airing

Urban walking
Riga cable bridge is connecting Riga center to the beautiful island Kipsala, which is nice place for airing.
Also, check another photo of Cable bridge.

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8th of March


March 8 is International woman Day. Although it is not official holiday in Latvia, it is being celebrated by many Latvians.
Traditions are quite simple - to favour women with good wishes and by giving flowers.
The giving an official status to this holiday is being discussed each year.
Usually the right-wing parties are against acceptance, and the left-wing ones are for.
This "colorful" advertisement is sponsored by left-wing party Центр согласия / Saskaņas Centrs (Center of consensus)
Last year the 8 March greetings that I found were anonymous.

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Boat Vecdaugava

Laiva Vecdaugava
You never want to be next to these sailors in a small boat Vecdaugava breaking the ice through such a cold and windy weather.
Feel the energy of this picture with the song Reise, reise by Rammstein
Riga Railway Bridge can be seen at the background.

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No Roof

Building without roof
One of the former Kliversala's shipyard buildings nowadays is left without roof.

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Hotel de Rome

Hotel de Rome in Riga
Hotel de Rome and Laima tower clock is extremely popular place in Riga among tourists and locals.
Another picture of Hotel de Rome.

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Kapseļu iela


Kapseļu iela (Kapselu street) in the early winter morning.
One of the old streets in Parduagava, which goes parallel to Kalnciema iela, the major street in this area.

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Empty Bench, almost

Sparrow on the bench
During such cold nobody has willing to sit on the bench in park, except brave Jack Sparrow :)

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Volkswagen Macibu

Volkswagen macibu
This washed out Volkswagen looks quite funny with the children bicycle on top of it.
Also it has У sign on top of it, which means Учебный автомобиль (Training Car)
By the way, it is easy to find driving school in Riga with macibu.lv website.

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Ice Hockey

Ice hockey in Latvia
As today is the first day of spring, this could be the last weekend of current ice hockey season.
The games are being hold each weekend on Agenskalna licis, Pardaugava.
Check another picture of ice hockey on river and the night shot.

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