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I will make one thread from now on were I will post pictures of my citytrips.
Starting first with the citytrips of 2016 we will visit Riga, Lisbon, Prague and continue in 2017 with a visit to Stockholm.
For 2018 Liverpool, Vienna and Copenhagen all got a spot in my agenda. :D

So we start in Riga, capital of Latvia.

Riga

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Riga highrises and bridge at the river.


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We are gonna cross the Vanšu bridge but first a view towards ugly 60' highrise and shopping mall just at the edge of the historic city center of Riga.


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Looking at 'old town' with Riga Castle in the foreground.


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Tall churchtowers dominate the Riga skyline in the old city center.
More in the back you can see a small part of the Sovjet style Academy of Sciences.
We will go there on the second day for some nice views over the city.


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We zoom in a bit towards Riga’s Little Sister ;)


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We are at the other side of the bridge.


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The well know shape of the TV tower of Riga.


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Lets explore the old city center.


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Every building has got a different colour.


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The big square in old town near the Riga Cathedral. Sun is out so lots of terraces also! :cheers:


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New construction in the old part of town.:cool:


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One of the most well known buildings of Riga which was actually reconstructured in the early 90; House of the Blackheads. What a beautifull facade.


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A wider look at the square with also the Petrichurch (its tower rises to 123m!)


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Art and terraces at one of the squares in old town.


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See trough.


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In this part of the city lots of beautifull (old) buildings with several architecture styles.


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Very sunny and it was time for a late Latvian lunch for me (fish and rye bread) and some cheap but tastefull beers! :cheers:


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Later in the evening at the park near the National Opera. Radisson Blu sticks out. We will go there also one of the other days to the skybar.


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National Opera


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Freedom monument Riga.


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Beautifull building; the French have got a nice spot for their embassy.


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Al that green and parkareas are looking good in Riga.


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Riga is also well known because of several areas with some very great building in Art Nouveau style.
But you can find examples also in the old city center itself.


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Buildings at the edge of the cosy Livu Square.


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Wealthy guild buildings in the old part of town.
 

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Travelling seems to be one of your main interests, Patrick! ;)

Some wonderful architecture in Riga, like this one :applause:

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One of the most well known buildings of Riga which was actually reconstructured in the early 90; House of the Blackheads. What a beautifull facade.
 

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Day 2 in Riga.

Day 2 in Riga

On my second day in Riga I first walked passed the markethalls towards the tower of the Academy of Sciences.
A smaller cousin of the more known 7 sisters in moscow.
You can go up the viewing deck for 5 euros which gives you nices view from the 17th floor.

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View towards the market halls, old city center, river and some higher towers behind that.


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Lets zoom in a bit towards the outside market which you can find along the market halls.


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Rooflandscape.


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Riga’s tv tower.


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Wider view with also the river.


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On the skydeck.


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Markethalls.


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Busses and spot the stork ;)


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Watertowers in the city.


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Central station, basilica and Radisson Blu.


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Church of announcement. Colourfull!


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Nice view.


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Back down and outside, gorgeous facade!


After this visit we went on to the Riga Ghetto museum.

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Wall full with names of victims of WOII :(


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Subtle exhibition


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At the markethalls outside.


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Inside one of the market halls.
 

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Day 2

Next part of day 2 in Riga

This second day in Riga isn't over so we go on :D

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Near the Radisson Blu hotel. No we still don't go up the skybar ;)


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Big central Russian Orthodox Church.


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Lets zoom in a bit.


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The church is situated in a nice park in the city.


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Wooden houses you can find plenty outside the center area of Riga. This is a nice and well maintained example of it.


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At the Stone bridge.


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Which I was crossing to get to the National Library.


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National Library.


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Art and library.


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At the Russian memorial.


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Watertower.


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Somewhere in the city.


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Tram.


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Z Towers Riga (2x 130m tall).


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Back in oldtown behind my hotel.


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Sun setting down at Petruschurch.


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One of the many terraces. Cosy busy and always to find a spot somewhere. Not too crowded! :cheers:


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Like allready mentioned even in the city center (old town) you can find nice examples of Art Nouveau architecture like here at the Jauniela 25/29 (built in 1903!)


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Quiet in the old parts of town...


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House of the Blackheads in the twilight.


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Evening setting in.


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In old town.


On day three in Riga we first go to an area and streets with several beautifull examples of Art Nouveau, the Alberta Iela. After that we stroll along in the city towards a brewery :cheers:
 

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Day 3 in Riga.

Day 3 in Riga

Today its time for one of the best known diamonds of Riga. The stunning architecture (Art Nouveau) along and near the Alberta Iela. :cool:
But to get there first we walk on this sunny day trough the parks of the city.

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National Theatre of Latvia.


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Church which is now used for concerts and events.


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Allready some gorgeous Art Nouveau. Here along the Elezabetas Iela.


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More classic and stately buildings along that street.


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Art Nouveau expresses itself in all sorts.
Sometimes its more down to earth with little details and sometimes it just goes mad!
These building are more down to earth ;)


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Here a building which has a lot more details and expression.


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Grand I think! :cool:


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Nice building!


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One of the very impressive corner building at the Alberta Iela. :cool: :cool:


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Going out of control :D Statues, heads, figures and signs.


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Details, details, details…


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Nice! :cool:


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Lets zoom in a bit; Lions, Flowers, Birds, Heads, Egyptian details. Well in those times you just could! :cool:


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Dragons and lions.


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Really nice but maintenance cost a lot!


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Looking up.


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Dragons on guard!


There will be more day 3 in Riga ;)
 

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Day 3 Riga

Day 3 Riga

We go on with those beautifull building in Riga.

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Nice building with some offices and appartments.


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Faces.


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Modern building.


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National Museum.


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Beautifull citybuildings.


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Along the Brīvības iela.


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Nice buildings you can find enough in Riga ;)


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St. Gertrude Old Church


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Green street en route.


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En route for this! :cheers: Having some nice craftbeers at Labietis. :cheers:


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Sunset Riga.
 

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last part of my Riga trip.

Last part of my Riga 2016 visit

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In old town.


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Medieval town.


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Livu Square.


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House of the Blackheads in the late evening.


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A small street near my hotel.


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Dom of Riga.


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Art Academy of Latvia; nice building :D


After this it was time for a visit to a museum; National Art Museum of Latvia.
A little bonus was the rooftop 'terrace'/are you could walk along. :)

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View from the roof of the museum.


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View towards Radisson Blu


After all the art it was time for a drink and views at the skybar of the Radisson Blu.
One downside was that the old town, churches, bridges and highrise were als sort of southwest from the skybar so backlight was a bit of a problem and also the reflections of the glass itself.

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View towards the tv tower and the Academy of Sciences.


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Towards a part of old town.


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View from the skybar towards the other part of Riga :D


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Zoom in a bit.


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Zoomed towards the highrise and bridge.


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Rooflandscape and railwaybridge.


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City views.


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The green lung around the old parts of town. :cool:



Well this was Riga, lets go on with my visit to Lisboa, Portugal. :cool:
 

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Next citytrip: Lisbon Portugal!

Lets go on with the first post of my visit to Lisbon, Portugal.

Lissabon – june 2016

After my trip to Riga it was four weeks after that time to go to the next city! :D :)
Early june I flew with TAP to Lisbon, Portugal.
This city stood allready for some time on my wish list and I have to say it checked all the boxes for me ;)
Just a great city to wonder around, friendly people, eating and drinking late (offcourse also of the great weather I had in those days ;) )

After arriving at the aiport it was easy with the metro to get to my hotel and after that it was time to explore the city the next 5 days :D

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Here we are allready allmost at the river Taag at the Praça do Comércio.


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View over the river towards the Ponte 25 de Abril and the big statue of Christ across the river.


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Just walking around in Lisbon.


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A whole lot of areas of Lisbon aren't that flat :D Narrow and steep streets give you quick ascend for some nice views also ;)


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The national Pantheon (Santa Engracia), at the top of the Alfama area/neighbourhood.


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More then enough churches here in Lisbon.This one is part of the monastery São Vicente de Fora (17th century).


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Great local mural (situated at the Tv. São Vicente).


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A famous way of facade of a building in Lisbon and Portugal azulejos tiles.


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Church and monastery near the Miradouro de Graça.


After this it was some time to relax, enjoying views, peoplewatchitng and having a beer :coll: :cheers:

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Views over the city.


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Rooflandscape.


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Its time to move on again, so we go down this time ;)


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With enough stairs to use.


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Lissabon without those yellow trams doesn't exist! ;)


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Quiet street with a church and you can see the viewing point of pic 9/10 at the end of it.


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Walking trough the lower parts of Alfama area I see this very nice Fado mural :cool: :cool:

oog.. :D

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Rossio station with evening lights.


Next time it the first whole day in Lisbon and we go first to the Belem area.
 
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