third leg of our Baltic journey took us to Latvia to visit Beach
Village friends Olga and Sergey, who built a home in Amataciems, east
of Riga. With them as our intrepid, knowledgeable hosts, we spent six
wonderful days and had a taste of the history, food, and culture
of the country. Before leaving Riga, our hosts treated us to
traditional Latvian fare at The Lido restaurant, one of the eateries on
Tracy's list. It is a massive cafeteria-style affair with every type of
food imaginable. The photo to the left shows Tracy displaying the
portion of the meal that we had not yet consumed (yes, there was much
more)! On the way out of
town, we passed the tennis hall belonging to Latvian sports legend
Jelena Ostepenko, the 2017 French Open winner. Her fame may be fleeting
however, as Olga has taken up tennis lessons. The photo of Ostepenko's
club, shot from our moving car, is in the photo to the left.
arrived at Olga's and Sergey's home (photo to the left) in Amatciems.
was our base of operations as they showed us the sights of Latvia in a
series of day trips. The
main points of interest in our visit are detailed
in the links below.
is a planned rural community constructed around a series of small lakes.
Turaida Museum Reserve: preserves Latvian
cultural history from the 11th century C.E.
Riga and Jurmala: A virtual tour of Riga's Old
town and the beach resort of Jurmala
Kuinarias Festivals: a
Latvian Food Festival
Selpenais Bunkurs: a Cold War Bunker
a tour of the old town, including the Cathedral and the Castle
Araishi Archeological Park: touring dwellings from the Stone Age to the