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Old June 11th, 2010, 12:42 AM   #41
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212. May 1: Statues.



213. May 2: Art Nouveau exhibition.
It's not a secret that Riga is one of the most notorious centers of Art Nouveau architecture. From 12th to 30th April there was an exhibition of Riga's Art Nouveau in Riga Townhall building central hall. Of course, only a small part of wast Art Nouveau heritage was contained in this exhibition but for a tourists and those Rigans (and sadly they are very many) who never take a look up when walking on the street, it could be some kind of discovery.



214. May 4: Independence Restoration Day. 4th May is Independence Restoration Day in Latvia, and today is 20th anniversary since the event in 1990 when Latvia de jure restored it's independence. Liberty monument (built in 1936) is the symbol of Latvia's independence. Each sculpture there represents some value or character of Latvian culture or history.



215. May 7: Deeper Underground.
"I'm goin' deeper underground, there's too much panic in this town." (Jamiroquai)



216. May 8: Private housing & industry of electricity.
Far far away, outside the official city borders, a new private houses is built in previously empty meadows. In the background you see the fat chimneys of Riga TEC-2. The purpose of their existence seems quite mysterious to me, because I have not seen smoke coming out of them - but maybe they are even not chimneys?



217. May 9: Back to home. Evening in Riga's southern suburbs Pļavnieki - numerous car drivers are coming back from work in the centre to the sleeping districts of commieblocks. Riga functions as very monocentric city - largest part of all the financial, economical, cultural life is happening in the city's centre.



218. May 10: Time for coffee.
In the beautiful warm days of spring we can carelessly take some look back to winter... Hot drink is one of the options how to warm up yourself during walk through city's centre in a cold winter day.



219. May 11: Old Town's cityscape. Old Town's cityscape between several churches located within 50 meter radius - St Peter's church, St John's church and former St George church. Here you see only a bit of St John's church (to the left), but to the right in the picture you see cafe "Pētergailis" ("Peter's ****"), named after St Peter's church which is located to the right.

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Old June 16th, 2010, 01:14 AM   #42
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220. May 12: Spring Is ON. Finally really beautiful weather here... Picture from today - blossoming plum-trees in the front of the commiebrick building in Āgenskalna priedes district. Once these bricks were as white as the blossoms.



221. May 13: Daugava excavation. Yesterday saw this ship digging Daugava river bed. I don't know what for that was done but it made me remember about the crazy plans of some local businessmans - "Herson canal" project which proposes to dig Daugava river, elongate it and by digging the canal join Daugava with Dnieper river, thus making sea-lane from Riga to the Black sea.



222. May 15: Clipped trees. Other trees have turned green now, but not these clipped ones in Grīziņkalna park. They are left outside of the "spring party".





223. May 16: Which product is advertised here by Bruce Willis? Guess, if you don't know - stay silent, if you know!

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it looks great

but i heard a lot of different opinions about it. that its quite boring?
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Old June 16th, 2010, 11:51 AM   #44
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it looks great

but i heard a lot of different opinions about it. that its quite boring?
Riga? I don't know what do you mean with "boring". For an architecture traveler, Riga can be as interesting as Paris or Barcelona. For a culture traveler Riga has something to offer too, but here maybe it really can be labeled "boring" - world class superstars doesn't performs here every weekend. For a "party" traveler, Riga is regarded very attractive So, everything depends on what your priorities are...
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Amazing monuments, thanks for sharing!
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Old June 20th, 2010, 10:58 AM   #46
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Pictures day by day from my photoblog PhotoRiga.

225. May 17: Riverside. Although very undeveloped, Riga's waterfront alongside Daugava river at the Old Town is quite a popular place where to hang out when the weather is good.



226. May 18: Architects street. Architects street is one of the shortest Riga centre streets - it stretches only alongside Latvian University main building.



227. May 19: Passenger train. Passenger train going to Riga Central station. Passenger trains are still Soviet time manufacture, at least part of them are refurbished, made look nicer. Latvian Railway company has started tender for purchasing new trains and there is an option to revive train building industry in Latvia - RVR (producer of the train in the picture) could unite with Bombardier to build the new trains, if they win the contest.



228. May 20: Girls. Girls in T-shirts and with ice-cream - that's a sure sign that summer is started.



229.May 21: Czech president's visit. President of Czech republic Vaclav Klaus has arrived in Riga today. And again, traffic on several major streets are blocked. I have never understand why common people have to suffer in these cases, I'm annoyed also every time when I see some important person driving through the city with 90km/h escorted by police with signal lights and sound signals. Let them drive as everyone else, "enjoying" the city's infrastructure as it is.
When George W. Bush arrived in Riga in 2005, the security was turned into absurd - the city centre was closed, a holiday given to people, people were even urged by officials to leave the city to countryside in that day. In the result, the city became absolutely "dead". If you're interested how Riga looked that day, here is picture gallery: http://www.apollo.lv/portal/news/art...lery/1/article



230. May 22: Law(n)breakers. The sign informs: "Forbidden to step on the lawn".



231. May 23: Raina boulevard. Raiņa boulevard view - it's one way street leading from K. Valdemara street to the Central station. In the far you see the small roof tower of Latvia University main building - it's called "Astronomical tower" because an observatory is located there. As far as I know, it's one of 2 Riga centre observatories - the other one is located in Christ's Birth Orthodox church.



232. May 24: Want to know your future? Salon of astrology, palmistry & other kind of that stuff, in centre. Such services became especially popular in Latvia since economic crysis started.



233. May 25: Rietumu bank clock.
One of the newest additions to Riga cityscape is Rietumu bank clock on the crossorads of Lāčplēša, Sadovņikova and Jēkabpils streets.

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Nice new (empty) apartments in Imanta. Are they very expensive?

This ones are great:



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Old June 20th, 2010, 11:36 AM   #48
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Amazing, very nice those new photos from Riga are
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Really terrific shots showing that summer has come here finally in it's full swing!
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 10:55 PM   #50
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Nice new (empty) apartments in Imanta. Are they very expensive?
I don't know, they doesn't publish prices in their homepage. http://www.metropolia.lv/eng/project/
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Impressive city and pictures.
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234. Kronvalda park fountain.



235. Smile in the mirror.



236. Spring colors. Spring nature makes beautiful even areas around dreary buildings...



237. Motorcycle on tram track.
Tram or railway lines are sometimes used by byciclists or, as in this case - motorcyclists - to get on the shortest way through Riga.



238. Funny sign #1. "Is it allowed to leave a car in front of us? Of course, not!"



239. Funny sign #2. It looks like dogs have their own traffic signs in Riga, and here their traffic is not allowed (is it just a regular street pavement, btw).



240. Dance with the gravitation. Photo captured this little girl a moment before she fell down on the asphalt and started crying. I was actually a bit surprised that falling down looks like this in photo - it seems she are rather doing discus-throwing.



241. Šķērsiela (The Crossroad street). Šķērsiela (The Crossroad street) is just a small, typical Riga street in private housing suburb - it looks as provincial as such street can look. However, this street is famous. And it became famous when one of the leading Latvian film director Ivars Seleckis made a documentary film about this street in 1988 - the film was internationally recognized, awarded with "Felix" as European Documentary Film of the Year in European Film Awards 1990. "The Crossroad Street" even experienced it's sequel 10 years later - "New Times At Crossroad street". If you're interested to know more about these films and see a 3 minute fragment (with English subtitles) from the second film, visit these pages: http://www.latfilma.lv/d/069/index.html and http://www.latfilma.lv/d/130/index.html.

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Wonderful pictures, you´re an excellent photographer and the city looks great.
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I agree with what you said about spring, it has given those trees a nice touch .
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Wonderful nature you manage to capture, Vecais, thanks for the colours!
Tbh, I'm surprised with Šķērsiela story, wow! We should be promoting this one as a movie tourism destination!
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242. "The bricks". Traffic prohibitive signs here we call "the bricks" - due to the visual appearance. Don't know is that nickname existing only here, or in your country too?
Btw, in the background you see one of historical water towers of Riga - there are several more such towers scattered around the city.



243. Capitalist advertisements on socialist highrises. Recently another one Riga's Soviet highrise - Agriculture Ministry - has got a huge advertisement by capitalist corporation (could have Soviet power imagine that when they build the tower ~30 years ago?).



Btw, just some 500 metres away, on the opposite side of Daugava, on Press House Tele2 is advertising, while some 2 kilometres to south, on top of Latvian Television highrise is placed LG advertisement. See here:

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246. Russian Drama Theatre. The reconstruction of Riga Russian Drama Theatre in Old Town is closing to finish. The building really looks stunning now, very bright and colourful. However they have decided to leave the ugly "furuncle" on the building's roof, don't know why that was necessary - the building would look better without it, wouldn't it?



247. The Baltic Way. More than 20 years ago (on 23rd August of 1989) Baltic countries literally joined in hands - more than 2 million people (about 1/4 of Baltic states total population) made a "live chain" from Vilnius to Tallinn. It was one of the events which preceded the collapse of Soviet Union. Now young artists has placed their artworks about the Baltic Way theme on the wall of Occupation museum in Riga Old Town.



248. Summer snow. Snow in summer? It really looks like almost snowfall in some parts of Riga now - the air is full of flying poplar fluffs. The most amazing thing is, that few poplar trees are capable to fulfil with fluffs areas of many square kilometres. Btw, I really love poplars and also these fluffs - amazing nature phenomenon.



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252. New square. The newest addition to Old Town's cityscape is this square - summer beer garden, named very unappropriately: "Spruce-tree". The square is made in the place of previous Soviet wreck - real eyesore building which was demolished last year.



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254. Cats cafeteria. One day wandering around Āgenskalns district in one of my photo tours, I found six homeless (supposedly) cats, who ate a meal which one old old lady served to them. Cats are quite many in Āgenskalns, but I had never seen such a cat density in single place. It seems they are feeded by the lady regularly in this place and this is their "cafeteria".



255. Dragon. Dragon on Antonijas street 8 is one of countless Riga's Art Nouveau sculptures on building's facades. You can walk around the city and find everything from people's faces and statures to animals, plants and mythological creatures in their stone reproductions.



256. The wreck. I have always felt some beauty in half-ruined buildings. There is strong spirituality in them, as they are standing on the step between the existence and non-existence.
One of the most ghostly and also picturesque Riga wrecks stands on Maskavas street - as a warning sign that you've exited centre and entered Maskavas forštate (which for Riga is approximately the same as Harlem or Brooklyn for New York). On the wall of this wreck some people have written: "Property of Riga City Council". Riga City has started to demolish wrecks - the first ones, logically, are demolished in Old Town. But I seriously don't want this wreck to disappear - it adds a lot of feeling to this place of Riga, imo.



257. Memorial concert of Jānis Grodums.
Jānis Grodums was one of the Latvian rockmusic legends. He died in June, at the age of 52. Already before his death, there was planned supportive concert to raise funds for his treatment - but it was too late. Concert happened anyway - as a memorial event, and at the same time in Riga and Liepaja (his birth city). In Riga concert many of Latvian pop and rockmusic stars took part and people were many. The last song was the most legendary one of Grodums, "Dzimtā valoda" (Native Language) which was one of the hymns which started Latvia's Awakening in 80ies - whole nation movement to Independence from Soviet Union (which was one of the reasons why USSR broke apart). So, this man has written his word in history, somewhat even in global scale.









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The dull weather in the first pics makes the photos even more satured IMO, probably because one pays more attention to the contents of what is shown..! Amazing shots as always, Vecais! Thanks for some great promotion!
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