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Old July 26th, 2010, 03:11 AM   #61
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266. Go library! The Soviet time monument of 1905 revolution fighters nowadays makes a fun composition with the silhouette of Latvia's National Library construction. In between, on background you see the spire of another Soviet monument - Victory monument.



267. Have a good sleep before drive! On the night of 23/24th June Latvia celebrates "Jāņus" - ancient national tradition to celebrate the shortest night of year, being awake all night in nature at bonfires and drinking beer. And here starts the problem - you have to drive a car to get from countryside back to the city, and many do it in drunkenness state - that's why sometimes after Jāņi celebrations there are many road accidents and even fatalities. Road Traffic Safety Directorate every year before Jāņi starts anti-alcohol campaigns and this year they have placed a huge bed in the very centre of Riga with appeal to sleep off drunkenness before drive. As other options drawed on the bed there are offered - "loss of driver's licence", "death" and "prison".



268. Few metres above head.
This is how Riga looks approximately one floor above ground - where the space is occupied by trolley and tram wires, tops of the smallest trees and traffic signs, second floor windows of the buildings. I always like perspectives which shows just a small compositional fragment of the city's puzzle, leaving the space for imagination. There you can try to imagine how is the view from the famous "Sakta" building in direction towards Old Town and the visible Dom church tower - but the result may be rather far from reality, because Dom church is actually much farther than it looks in this telezoom photo.



269 - 278. Grass Market. Just as before Christmas, every year before Jāņi (Midsummer Day) festivity, on 22nd June there is a fair in Dome square, so called "zāļu tirdziņš" (Grass Market). Many kinds of national made stuff is sold there, and people can taste beer, cheese, shashliks or, as you see in one of the pictures, more usual meal like potatoes.











279. Midsummer Day.
Diadems of oak leafs are one of the main attributes of Midsummer Day. Also Roland's statue in Townhall square each year gets one.

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Old June 24th, 2011, 10:28 PM   #62
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280. - 290. Restarting this thread with the same theme it's paused on - Midsummer day celebrations. This week ago we had traditional Grass Market in Riga Dom square. I took some pictures with the architecture in background:





















"Jāņi" decorations in city streets:

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Old June 25th, 2011, 11:57 PM   #63
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beautiful!
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Old June 26th, 2011, 11:47 AM   #64
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Everyone buys pots and plants for their gardens or balconies on that 'grass market?'
Anyway very nice and colourfull pictures. Welcome back Vecais!
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Old June 26th, 2011, 12:10 PM   #65
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Everyone buys pots and plants for their gardens or balconies on that 'grass market?'
No. I forgot to tell that it is a tradition here to pick up and bring home the most different types of plants and grass in Midsummer Day. In the city, of course, you have to buy than go to meadow and pick up yourself...

Here a description of these for many Europeans probably weird celebrations (from http://www.kultura.lv/en/icons/14/ ):

Midsummer’s Eve
The most important holiday for every Latvian is the Summer Solstice festival, or Jāņi, whish is celebrated on the night of June 23. Farms are bedecked with garlands of oak and birch branches and meadow flowers. Nearly everyone leaves the city for the open air so that the shortest night of the year can be spent in the merry company of friends Campfires are lit, special songs are sung, dancing is a universal element during the festival. Traditional caraway seed cheese and lots of beer are on the menu.

What is Līgo?
Many ancient traditions that have disappeared in Europe are alive and well in Latvia. Especially Midsummer Night (June 23). This 3-day celebration of the summer solstice is the biggest and most beloved holiday in Latvia. You won't experience anything like it anywhere else in Europe.

Latvia's Midsummer night celebration is called Jāņi in Latvian, and it is the one night of the year that you must never sleep. Most activities are outside and center around a huge bonfire. Girls pick meadow flowers to make wreaths for their hair, while men named Jānis get a bushy crown of oak leaves around their heads. Janis is the most popular male name in Latvia and comparable to 'John'. Traditionally, people in the countryside made their own special cheese and beer for the festivities and went from home to home, sharing their goodies and singing traditional songs. They'd gather around the bonfire to sing special 'Līgo' songs that can only be sung on this night. And they dance the whole night long. Although the sun sets briefly, it doesn't get dark and everyone must be awake to greet the rising sun in the morning. A naked romp into the nearest lake or river is a must for men - and the women who cheer them on. Young couples Like to go into the forest and search for the Legendary fern blossom. Or so they say. And when you greet the morning sun, you have to wash your face in the grass's morning dew, which on Jāņi morning is said to have particularly beneficial properties.
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291. In 1st June I took one of my bicycle rides around the city. At one moment I looked up to the sky (wanted to check amount of clouds) and saw this rare natural phenomenon - sun halo effect. Wikipedia says, that it's "an optical phenomenon produced by ice crystals creating colored or white arcs and spots in the sky". Anyway, this is first time I saw such phenomenon, and even get a bit dazzled while looking at it and taking these pics.

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292. Hot coffee in hot weather.

Real summer weather hit Riga in beginning of June - we had around +30 degrees. Some people still prefered coffee instead of cold, refreshing drinks. If you are thirsty, coffee is the least appropriate drink - not only it is hot, but, as one food specialist told me - it is also a dehydrator. But, if you have to deal with papers (analogue or digital) like a woman in picture, you still are after it's caffeine energy dose.



293. Cheers!

But these girls took a beer - May evening in one of Purvciems district bakcyards...



294. Ornated facades

Famous American architecture historian Aaaron Betsky has written that Riga "gains its character from its facades, and those are eclectic, to say the least. No place I know displays more variety of materials, compositions and styles in repetitive blocks and stretches of streets than Riga." And that is true - Riga has very interesting, diverse and rich facades which can be explored countless hours. They have so many refined sculptures, ornaments. Here a fragment from Old Town, Smilšu street.



295. Noise street's silence

Much simpler, yet cosy facades are visible in other Old Town's street - Noise street. Despite of it's name it is one of calmest and cosiest Old Town's streets. It's very narrow and medieval built-up here uninterrupted by buildings of other periods. It was historically street which went along Riga's defensive wall and thus was named Trauksmes (Alarm) street, because in the case of attack, here city's defenders gathered together. Street's building process started only in 16th Century when it started to lose it's guarding meaning.



296.-301. Costa Pacifica

Costa Pacifica is largest cruise ship ever been to Riga - it arrived first time in 25th May. Sea traffic to Riga isn't very developed that's why such a cruise ship was quite a wonder for us and quite many people came to Vanšu bridge to take photos.













302. Marina

Another big cruise ship in Riga - "Marina". In overall, this summer about 80 cruise ships will visit Riga.

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Old July 15th, 2011, 01:14 PM   #68
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Great to see Riga and the other Baltic Capitals are now covered by Bing Bird's Eye View.
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Riga has officially turned 810 years old - last weekend there were large celebrations in the city, as always. They finished, of course, with nice fireworks.

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Recently annual light festival "Staro Riga" happened in Riga. Pictures from it here.

308.-314. After a long walk around about half of 85 objects three people (including me) came to one conclusion - this was the most beautiful one. It's light, water, video projection and music show "One moment with light fountains".















315. In the same time with light festival, also National Independence Day were celebrated, that's why several objects were in national symbolics. Latvian parliament house and government's building both displays stories about independence related themes at "Staro Riga 2011" - in the next picture you see parliament building which is lightened as a huge Latvian flag.



316. But here Cabinet of Ministers building, which displays video film about Latvian flag (you see a scene with Latvian flag in Everest, as one of the places it has been).



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318. Another one of the nicest (and most original!) objects in this year's "Staro Riga" festival is called "Secrets of sound". There flames of gas are "dancing" according to sound of classical symphonic music (melodic and beautiful themes). It was quite a hypnotic experience.



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To be continued SOON...
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320. Light beams eradiating from Riga municipality building was one of the most impressive (largest) installations this year...



321. ...they were moving in different angles, and - believe it or not - but I'm pretty sure that I saw these beams as a weak and diffused flashes of light even in Bauska town, which is 70 kilometres away from Riga! At first, I couldn't understand what is it - a lightning in November? But then, when approached by bus to Riga and noticed these beams already before Ķekava (~20 km from Riga) I understood that what I saw in Bauska was the light of these beams when their angle was the most sloping, directed to horizon. I made a quick decision to step out of the bus in Zaķusala and took there a bunch of photos while standing on Salu bridge.



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325. If Riga is "Little Paris" then our Eiffel Tower is Riga's TV Tower. Just it isn't "Little Eiffel" because it's actually higher than Eiffel Tower - 365 metres.



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Beautiful photo thread, Vecais. We don't see too many threads from Latvia here, so this is quite a treat. Thanks for sharing!
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327. Riga Cathedral is in renovation process but that didn't disturbed it to become one of the most impressive lightened objects in this year's Staro Riga. Lights colours changed in many different ways, sometimes playing also with Latvian flag colours.



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329. Small Guild building was decorated with illuminated windows.



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331. This was funny object - a toilett building who became a "Colosseum" for 4 days



332. Riga's central parks in "Staro Riga 2011" were decorated with various light installations.



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I have discovered now these updates and see the same quality of your pictures as in other threads...Plus it seems the buildings are really well restored in Riga and with wonderful colours...It seems summer can be quite hot, what´s the temperature now there?
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Temperature now? +3 degrees :P. No snow, wet weather.
No, it's OK. When crisis was here, I often thought that this is hellhole but now I start to think a lot better of my country.
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