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Old November 24th, 2009, 12:47 AM   #141
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And there's a simple reason: Helsinki was a planned city. Helsinki was built to compete with Tallinn on the Baltic Sea. That's why it IS right across the Gulf of Finland
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From what I have read, Tallinn basically stopped developing after 17th century when St. Petersburg was founded. That is the reason why medival charm is preserved there.
Thanks, that's very interesting. I thought Finnland would have had a big city before Helsinki then.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 11:38 PM   #142
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Back to Latvia and the Gauja Valley.

The charming little village of Krimulda:

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Old November 25th, 2009, 11:48 PM   #143
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Nice countryside pictures! Last one... It seems nothing that special, but there is something in it... Probably composition. A bit magical.
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Old November 28th, 2009, 01:00 PM   #144
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Thanks.
More countryside during a last hike through the beautiful Gauja Valley:

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638. Train from van Sigulda to Riga.
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Old November 29th, 2009, 10:33 PM   #145
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Riga, the metropolis of beauty

Finaly we reach Riga!

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Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia, a major industrial, commercial, cultural and financial centre of the Baltics, and an important seaport, situated on the mouth of the Daugava. With 713,016 inhabitants it is the largest city of the Baltic states.
Riga's historical centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is particularly notable for its extensive Jugendstil architecture, which UNESCO considers to be unparalleled anywhere in the world.
(Wikipedia.com)


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640. Arrival in Riga Train Station. On the photo the international train to Saint-Petersburg.


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643. Trolleybuses near Maskavas forštate.


644. 'Latvijas Zinātņu akadēmija' or Academy of Science.


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646. We walk to Vecrīga, the Old Town.


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Old December 1st, 2009, 01:10 AM   #146
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Great! Those summer pics from Gauja's valley looks almost surreal now, in this grey weather period. But Riga looks incredibly deserted in your pics - was it some Sunday or Saturday?
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Old December 1st, 2009, 06:15 PM   #147
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Thanks.
And no, those photos waren't taken on a sunday, but on a thursday, though not during rush houres.
But I admit you can't see a lot of people on these pictures. In real life it was rather busy and crowdy in town.
After some weeks in deserted areas and small towns, it was like entering a real cosmopolitan city.
More Riga-pics are yet to come...
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Old December 1st, 2009, 10:15 PM   #148
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Riga - Old Town

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666. The St Peter's Church. We will climb it later for some stunning views...


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Old December 3rd, 2009, 11:02 AM   #149
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 03:39 PM   #150
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some interesting and unusual facade close-ups, street zooms, etc. What this guy is doing - fighting with umbrella?
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 07:00 PM   #151
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Those country-side towns are really awesome, Benonie and the other photos are very nice too
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Old December 4th, 2009, 04:13 AM   #152
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Riga is so beautiful!
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Old December 4th, 2009, 08:10 PM   #153
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What this guy is doing - fighting with umbrella?
Some kind of street theatre, not very exiting though...

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Old December 4th, 2009, 08:17 PM   #154
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Great stuff!
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Old December 5th, 2009, 09:10 PM   #155
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Last pics of the Old Town and around before walking to the wondeful art nouveau-district.

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Old December 6th, 2009, 11:40 AM   #156
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The last photos is Riga's old city? Very nice photos btw
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Old December 6th, 2009, 11:49 AM   #157
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The last photos is Riga's old city? Very nice photos btw
Last 3 photos are not from Old Town - they're from Boulevard Ring and historical 19th/20th Century centre.
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Old December 6th, 2009, 05:34 PM   #158
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Great work,Benonie! Riga looks just gorgeous on your photos
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Old December 7th, 2009, 05:38 PM   #159
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Last 3 photos are not from Old Town - they're from Boulevard Ring and historical 19th/20th Century centre.
Indeed, that's why I wrote "Old town and around".
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Old December 8th, 2009, 09:16 PM   #160
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703. Reval Hotel Riga. Pretty good renovation.


704. Esplanade Park with legs.


705. Russian Orthodox Cathedral.


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707. We walk north in the direction of Riga's stunning art nouveau district.


708. Vansu Bridge.


709. National Theatre.


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713. Russian Embassy.


714. Almost there...
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