Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Day 7 of our trip - Monday in Latvija

Today, was a very relaxing day. We slept in a little later than normal. We've been getting up around 8 a.m. here. It was nice to get a little extra rest. After eating breakfast we went downtown to Riga for a little more sightseeing and souvenir shopping. We went by St. Peter's Church which has the highest steeple in the city of Riga. If you are lost you can always look to the cross to find your way back. The church steeples are the tallest structures in Riga.

Just as is true in everyday life, as we are all on a journey, when we get lost, we can always look to the cross to find our way home. We saw some more street musicians just like yesterday. After doing some shopping we went by a restaurant where they serve a very Russian pasta called Pelmeni. The first day we arrived we had made some at the house for dinner but this was much better. Food always seems better when you don't have to make it yourself, but this lunch was really good!

After eating we went to a former cloister where we toured The Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation. This was a very interesting museum that had some medieval things from the time of the Liefs who were the first people in this region during the time of the Vikings. It also had a lot of information about the harbor as well as different types of boats. There were many different types of weapons and other things about castles and protection during times of war including spears, swords, a crossbow, and cannon. There were a lot of things about Latvian history through WWI, WWI and the Soviet occupation. Many of the old photographs were very interesting.

Following the museum tour we met up with Victor's wife, Sarmite. We then went to a really nice Asian restaurant called Gen Bei. This was not a typical Latvian meal but the food was great!

At 8:30pm Victor took us on an incredible boat ride! We took a boat called the Jelgava, which took us down the Daugava River to Riga Bay. The mate on the boat was Vitoly (a Russian) who had learned English by watching Cartoon Network. He tried to convince us that the Russian word for thank you was much better than the Latvian word.

The ride on the river was a great way to end the day as we got to see the sunset and a beautiful full moon. The city looked incredible at night! The lights on the bridges were so beautiful (CCS Blue)!

We finished the day with a nice walk home. The weather here has been beautiful!

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