Riga is getting prepared to New Year parties around the town. The mass celebration will be held in Old Town. By the way, Riga Ferris wheel will work tonight all night long! I wish you all the positive and successful New Year 2011!
Do you remember summer photo titled 152 Days? It was counting days left to the first Advent Sunday. This counter was also promoting celelbration of the First Christmas Tree. It was believed that Riga had hosted the very first Christmas Tree 500 years ago next to Blackheads house. In fact recently, some more old sources revealed that the First Christmas tree was erected in Tallinn. Sad.
Konventa sēta (Convent Yard) aka Konventhof is a quiet area in the middle of Old Town. Formerly it was a fortified area and the residence of the Sword Brothers Brotherhood. On the picture is the wall of the building, which has written chronicles of Konventa seta and Riga
The expression Baltic States has almost no official use, but it is often used in talks to show a kind of union of three Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. On the left side is a rare map which says Baltic States. More recent versions are called Baltic Countries.
Narvesen is a Norwegian chain of small shops, where you can buy newsletters, some fast food, drinks and all other everyday stuff. There are more than 200 Narvesen shops and kiosks since its entry in 1997 to Latvia. This particular one is located next to Katedrale and is a popular meeting point.
Municipal Police department in Purvciems 2 was opened 25 years ago in December 1985. It is quite famous because it was bombed by mafia in the middle of 90s The absence of the black tiles are scars, which are left since that bloody bombing.
Cinema Bar aka Cinamon is a quiet and cheap place in the middle of Old Town on Kaleju iela. This movie-themed bar has the lowest beer price in town, like in French Bar. The beer price is 0,70 Ls (less than 1 EUR) for 0,5 liters, hence they are often run out of it :)
Tokyo City is one of the best Sushi bars in Riga. It is open since Summer 2010 and still has attractive low prices. Restaurant is located in the very center, on Krisjana Barona street, in place where Palazzo Italia shop used to be. (Un)fortunately Tokyo city is also smokers-friendly place.
Nowadays, the territory of the former electronics factory VEF is a home for many IT companies in Riga. Accenture, Nano Hosting, Idea Port Riga, Datartis, Interneta Pasaule and many other companies offices are located in these buildings. Therefore we can call this area as a Silicon Yard, as analogy to Silicon Valley in California :)
Elkor Plaza is a shopping mall located in Teika neighborhood, just next to another mall Podium. It was opened in 2006 and became one of the biggest furniture, electronics and home accessories store in Riga.
AmPir (Empire style) is the name of the recently opened place on Kalku iela 22. One year before an infamous and expensive Restaurant Nostalgija was located here. Unfortunately I can't tell more about this place for now. Maybe some of the visitors can? Thanks.
Čilija Pica (Chili Pizza) is the largest pizza chain in Latvia, although it is originally Lithuanian company. It is famous for relatively low prices and good quality of food. Some of Čili pizzerias are open day and night and serving alcohol, hence Čilik could be considered as part of Riga nightlife or even morning life when everybody comes here after parties to have some pizza :)
I have to announce that I'm also leaving Riga in two weeks and most probably I will discontinue to publish new photos on daily basis very soon. Therefore I kindly ask you, my visitors, maybe somebody has willingness to take and publish pictures of Riga instead of me? If so, please contact me.
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