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

New Streets - New Buildings


Nameja krastmala is one of the new streets in Riga heading from still being built Z-Towers twin skyscrapers to RISEBA University.

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Sveriges Ambassad


Embassy of Sweden in Riga is located on a small little-known street Andreja Pumpura iela in Quiet Centre.
The building itself is as modest as everything Swedish, including the King Carl XVI Gustaf, who usually is driving Volvo S60 himself.
By the way, his beaituful wife Queen Silvia (of Latin origin) is coming to Riga this Wednesday, so many Latvians have a chance to see a queen with own eyes

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Tirgoņu iela


Wet snow falls all over Riga today, including scenic Tirgoņu iela (Traders street) in Old Town.

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Five Minutes before Sunset


The sun in the winter is like a miracle, even if you notice it for a couple of minutes before sunset.

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Olaine


Olaine is a small (~13000 inhabitants) and young satellite town, which is located 10km Southwards from Riga.
Olaine could be translated from Latvian to English as Egg-ish :)

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Ventspils Ferries


Ventspils is the largest port of Latvia, which is located 185km (115mi) Northwest from Riga.
Many regular ferries are departing from here to different regions of Baltic Sea, e.g to Germany, Russia, Sweden.
This picture of Transeuropa and Watling Street was made on my trip to Nida between P124 road and Pavilosta

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New Roads


Coming back from Vilnius to Riga I see a huge progress of new developments around the city, including this new overpass next to Z-Towers, between Zunda river and Martin Cemetery and over Daugavgrivas iela.
Does anybody know where it is possible to see the final presentation of this road completed?

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Google Street View


2 years passed since Latvian 1188 launched Riga Street View, before Google made snapshots of all Riga streets.
Photos are actually taken in August-September 2011 and covering all streets, including blocks' yards.
Start your Riga Streets trip here.

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Zirņu sala


Zirņu sala (Pea Island) is located in Salaspils county, next to Riga Hydroelectric Power Plant and Darzini area.
It is infamous construction site of a little town, which has started in late 2000s, but never been finished.
Today it is an uninhabited zone with illuminated streets and even some built houses just next to Riga's border.
Photo of ghost town was taken by guest photographer Viktores.

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Victor Enrich


Victor Enrich is the name of modern artist from Barcelona, who is making surreal photos of different cities.
His works made my brain go crazy trying to understand how some of the pictures are composed, because of its misleading simplicity, reverted street angles and buildings.
Other his works can be found in the artist gallery.
BTW, each of the works is being sold in a very limited number of copies, usually just 1 copy.
...and I got my own ;)

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Audeju Roofs


Narrow Audeju street from the top. It is one of the most typical roof views in Old Town.

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0.999


One of popular topics in Latvia is that gasoline price is constantly growing and now it almost reached 1 LVL per 1l.
Because of such number, Statoil price looks like discounted, but it is not :)

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Border Stone


There are several stones in Riga marking historical borders of town.
One of them located on Jurmalas Gatve few kilometers away from current city border.

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Kokneses prospekts 18


A building on the crossroads of Kokneses prospekts and Visbijas Prospekts was built in 1934.
I've been growing up in this area and I remember that on the first floor, here was a shop with a lot of interesting stuff, today, after 20 years I discovered that it was a book store ;)

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Happy Lena


A lovely writing can be found on pedestrian pass over Brivibas gatve, which says Костя + Лена = (in Russian Kostya + Lena)
Check also lovely messages on dambis and writing on the roof. I really enjoy such romantic things :)

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Brīvības iela 47


The building at 47 Brivibas st. is a remarkable example of Romantic Nationalism architecture style in Riga. It also could be named a German version of Art Nouveau or even simpler Jugendstil.
It was built in 1909 and belonged to A. Krustkalns, who was the first Riga mayor of Latvian origin since 1917.
Nowadays, many shops and companies have their headquarters in this building, one of them is Baltic Expert, a real estate company.

See also another house built in German romanticism style on Skolas iela.

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Foggy Street

Foggy Street
Krisjana Barona iela in morning fog.
Photo has been taken by Panagiotis Lianos

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Café In

Cafe In
Café in sounds for me like Riga In :)
Picture was taken on Lacplesa street last week.

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Cats Hostel

Cats Hostel
Riga is city of cats and for cats, even for foreign ones :)

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Steeple Hat

Steeple Hat
Katedrale Church is being renovated again :)

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