Art Trail near Tukums-Hiking Adventures

Hello My Darlings!How’s your summer going? This summer I was blessed with lots of interesting adventures,one of them was Hiking all around Latvia. One of the trails I recently traveled to(with My amazing Boyfriend) was The Art Trail near Tukums .So Tukums is around 1 hour away from Riga,the road was good and it was easy to find. It’s such an interesting concept. Basically you go around a forest trail(2 km +/-)l,and thru wooden frames enjoy the scenary. It was such an interesting trail,the start of it was a little mehh…but after it we really enjoyed it. The weather was perfect for such a walk.

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My first time in Rundale-Visiting the Rundales Castle

Hello, My darlings! So I and my Darling Boyfriend are continuing to travel thru Latvia and this time we visited Rundale the famous Rundales Castle. It was my first time visiting and I loved it.

First of all, it’s so beautiful, yes…the tickets were on the expensive side but it was definitely worth it. The only downside was…rain and gray skies, so lots of rooms were darker and the pictures I took are not the best(so I’m sorry about it). It was so amazing to be at a place with such rich history and learn more about it. If you are planning to visit, be ready to walk A LOT. So wear some comfy shoes.

Brief History

In 1735 Duke of Courland Ernst Johann von Biron bought land in Rundāle with an old medieval castle in the territory of a planned summer residence. The old castle was demolished and construction after the design of Bartolomeo Rastrelli started in 1736. Construction proceeded slowly because part of the materials and resources were transferred to the construction of Jelgava Palace, a project which was more important for the duke.

Following Biron’s fall from grace in 1740, the palace stood unfinished and empty until 1762 when Biron returned from his exile. Under the supervision of Rastrelli its construction was finished in 1768. Johann Michael Graff produced lavish stucco decorations for the palace during this time. Ernst Johann von Biron loved the palace and moved there almost immediately in 1768. He often visited the palace and spent summers there until his death in 1772.

After Duchy of Courland and Semigallia was absorbed by the Russian Empire in 1795, Catherine the Great presented the palace to Count Valerian Zubov, the youngest brother of her lover, Prince Platon Zubov. He spent his declining years thereafter the death of Valerian Zubov in 1804. His young widow, Thekla Walentinowicz, a local landowner’s daughter, married Count Shuvalov, and the palace passed into the control of the Shuvalov family, with whom it remained until the German occupation in World War I when the German army established a hospital and a commandant’s office there.

During the French invasion of Russia in 1812, the palace was used as a hospital for Napoleon’s army. Several soldiers who died in this hospital were buried in the park of the palace. A monument has since been built there. At the end of the 19th century, the palace and park were restored and reconstructed.

The palace was dealt a serious blow after World War II, when a grain storehouse was set up in the premises in addition to the school. Later, the duke’s dining room was transformed into the school’s gymnasium. A school was located in the palace until 1978.

The Ball Room was my Favorite!

Another Interesting Room!

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“What to do in Riga this October”-Blogtober day 7

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Hello, My Darlings! It’s the Day 7 of Blogtober. The fall season is such a busy one in Riga. Farmer markets, concerts, exhibition, basically lot’s of stuff to do and see. That’s why I decided to share some cool and interesting things to do this October in Riga(the capital of Latvia). All of them I found on liveriga.com, an amazing resource. Let’s dive into it!

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Riga’s restaurants

07.10.2019 – 13.10.2019

mark-landman-dA4CDBn4tBE-unsplashDuring this special week, Riga’s restaurants open their doors to all gourmands willing to treat themselves to an array of delicious tastes for an especially affordable price of 15–20 euros for a three-course meal.

For the entire week, all the city’s residents and guests have the chance to enjoy the season’s best foods prepared by experienced and innovative chefs who give each meal a modern and sophisticated twist.

 

Multimedia exhibition
“The Great Modernists. From Monet to Kandinsky”

10.05.2019 – 13.10.2019

Address: Pils iela 23, Riga

TICKETS: EUR 9.00 – EUR 14.00

Website for more info: modernisti.lv

photo_2019-04-01_12-06-27“The Great Modernists” is a new, spectacular, globally recognized multimedia show. The exhibition presents the works of 16 most reputable masters of modernism- Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Henri Rousseau, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustav Klimt, Paul Signac, Pete Mondrian, Amedeo Modigliani, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Juan Gris, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich. You will witness 5,000 works from more than 20 museums from all over the world in a unique combination of animated video projections accompanied by exquisite musical setting.

Buy Tickets here 

Fair at Kalnciema Quarter

12 Oct 10:00 – 16:00

19 Oct 10:00 – 16:00

26 Oct 10:00 – 16:00

Address:Kalnciema iela 35

TICKETS:Free entrance

Website for more info: kalnciemaiela.lv

kalnciema_kvartalsEvery Saturday, Latvian farmers offer local goods at the Kalnciema Quarter Fair, and craftsmen come to sell unique pieces of handiwork. Children are invited to participate in creative workshops, free of charge, and to ride a colorful merry-go-round. The theme of the fair changes to reflect seasonal festivals, during which there also are concerts, exhibitions, open-air plays, and other activities taking place at the fair.

“An event like this on one of the main roads to the heart of Riga is a positive signal to all those visiting Riga,” say Kārlis and Mārtiņš Dambergs, owners of the quarter and devotees of renovating wooden buildings and authentic lifestyle. “Kalnciema Quarter is like an eye-catching brooch on Riga’s dress, and we are pleased at the opportunity to rub it.” This brooch is especially bright on holiday.

Kids can participate in various creative workshops, enjoy the merry-go-round, taste homemade ice-cream and have a nap in a hammock while adults have a look at delicious products by local farmers and home producers (teas, jams, peppermints, meat, fish, and other merchandise).

Besides, each visitor knows that he/she should come to the fair hungry. Diverse local handcraft and jewelry are also on sale, among them, design objects, glass items, etc.

 

Plant-based food festival AUGam

20.10.2019 12:00 – 20:00

Address:Tallinas iela 10

TICKETS: Free entrance

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Lutheran Sunday service in English

20 Oct 12:00

Address: Jāņa iela 7(St.John’s Church in Riga)

jb-reprez-19-3-copy (1)Centuries ago the Riga St John’s Church welcomed foreign traders and young professionals residing in Riga to its church. They enjoyed reserved seating and frequently church services were held in languages understandable to them. The congregation of Riga St John’s Church continues this ancient tradition for city guests and invites them to attend a church service in English on the final Sunday of each month

 

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My Unexpected trip to Ukraine last week!

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Hello, my Darlings!I’m back! April was literally one of the craziest months I ever had. I had two trips one to Sweden for work and other to Ukraine …and between both of those I got sick, had a very high fever ….it was crazy. That’s why I didn’t post anything, but now my vacation is starting so I’m finally getting back to blogging. I missed you so much!!!

 

So how did we decide to go? Because my mom’s sister called and invited us to come and celebrate Orthodox Easter (It’s the same Easter but celebrated a week later).

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half of our stuff

I had a high fever at that time, so we waited for the last minute to decide are we going or no…and we decided to go.

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in the Bus

I haven’t been to Ukraine for more than 7 years, I was excited to travel by bus and experience everything l remember doing every summer in my childhood.

 

 

 

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The main Square in Lutsk.

The trip was hard,20 hours on a bus is a lot, but the view was amazing. We did travel thru Lithuania and Poland and nature was spectacular. I enjoyed that a lot. So I was in Ukraine(Lutsk) for a week, sadly we didn’t do a lot of sightseeing because we all were so tired from Sweden.

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With my aunt, mom, and brother

But I did spend time with my cousin and my aunt, Celebrated Easter with some blessed eggs and Kulich(traditional for Ukraine),

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With my Cousin

 

we did go for burgers, just chilled and talked. It was nice to just spend time with family that I haven’t seen for years. I did a little shopping so stay tuned for a haul post. I had an amazing time, and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to go.

 

 

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*Free events to Check out this December in Riga*-Blogmas day 9

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giphy (4)Hello!I’m back my darlings, It’s day 9 of Blogmas. How are you all doing? Hope the weather is treating you right . Today I want to be a little bit patriotic and talk about some events in Riga, Latvia. If you are in Riga this December here are some events you can check out! Hope you will find it helpful…Let’s start!

THE WAY THROUGH THE CHRISTMAS TREES
9TH FESTIVAL OF
SPATIAL OBJECTS

3277798_uYYAwOFrom 07.12.2018. till 13.01.2019. in Riga

An official website you can find here

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Landscape object Festival “The Way Through the Christmas Tree” is winter’s most courageous, stylish, and original urban art event! It is an event that strengthens the city’s legend; which states that the first ever decorated Christmas Tree in the world was in Riga.

Landscape object Festival “The Way Through the Christmas Tree”, that takes place in Riga, has realized 162 professional and upcoming artist projects over its 7 years of existence. The festival accents the public’s creative manifestations within the city, creating esthetic design objects. Currently it is the only urban art and landscape design project of its kind in all of Europe; which during Christmas transforms Riga into an interesting and a distinct place from other country’s cities. This year, the festival promises to surprise, provoke, and, of course, entertain!

 

sh_319149503-Riga-Christmas-Market-EDIT-2000x1200Old Riga Christmas market

from December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019

An official website for more information you can find here

List of all vendors you can find here

 

Bluka-vilkšanaLog Evening in the Old Town

December 21,2018

Place-The town Hall Square

Latvian Christmas celebration, burning of a bull in the Town Hall Square Folklore groups from Riga and Latvia are participating.

If you want to see some Latvian winter traditions, then this event is for you.

  • More events you can find here 

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Finally… I got a Vacation! (aka my non-work trip to Sweden)

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On the Bus to Sigtuna!

Hello my darlings, how are you today? Hope you had fun this weekend, it was Midsummer celebration here in Latvia called Līgo/Jāņi, but I sadly slept thru it, because I just got from Sweden. I finally got a Vacation!!! And my friend Alina is

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Alina’s lottery prize!

graduating, so we(me, Alina and my mom)did go on a cruise Riga-Stockholm -Riga on the ship Tallink ”Isabella”.On the first night there I had the worst headache ever and Alina won in the lottery(on the ship)! We did sleep a lot and had deep talks and catching up with each other.

 

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Midsummer Celebration!

It was a 3-day trip and this time we did have an excursion to a city called Sigtuna(because we all have seen Stockholm like thousand times and will see it in the future too). And I really liked it there, it was very quiet and we did see the Midsummer celebration. I can say you one thing, it was

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St. Olof Church ruins

exceptionally weird to go to Sweden and not have the usually stressed atmosphere around us because of work (we joked about that every a lot I think). I genuinely enjoyed the trip and spending time with my mom and my best friend.

 

 

 

Some Random Pictures from the trip!

 

 

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Where have I been!

23709bee8a55Hello, my darlings!I’m back for good.Did you miss me? .Finally, my fever is back to normal (all last week I had fever 39.5 C, basically I was very sick) and I can sit down to write Where have I been! So basically from 12. April till 15. April I had a very big event called “Ukrainian days on the Baltic Sea” (a festival in Riga and then on the cruise ship Tallink )and28zlpw I was part of the Organization Committee and the person behind events scenarios, we had 200 international guests overall (so you can imagine how busy I was those days). In the first day 28zlvkwe had a concert in Riga, then the next day one in Riga and other on the cruise ship Tallink. And the day after that another concert on the ship. We had amazing concerts and festival overall(very thankful to all of the team working on it for months

28zku5I was lucky to go to Stockholm as part of the event and had a little sightseeing there(+ I did a little shopping on the ship so look out for a haul post).The weather was great, so of course, I stuffed myself full of ice cream(big mistake)because I got home with a very high fever. That’s in two words where I was and what did I do.

 

 

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5 Things to see in Latvia (+ some interesting facts )

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giphy (16)Hello everyone! I’m back again with something a little different today. How you all know soon we will enter summer season (yes yes, it’s like 3 months until the start of summer, crazy I know) and with that, it will be vacation time. And if you are (or planning) going to Latvia (or just travelling through ) here are 5 cool things to see in Latvia(In my opinion).

Let’s start with few interesting facts about Latvia

  1. Latvia is Wifi paradise. It has the world’s fourth fastest internet connections, and with over 800 free connection points in Riga, you don’t even need to pay for it. Latvia also holds the world record for the longest ever phone conversation, a 54 hour 4-minute marathon in 2012.
  2. Latvians are a people to look up to. Latvia has the world’s tallest women, with the average lady coming in at an impressive 170 cm. The men are no midgets either, holding fourth place.
  3. Next time you put on a pair of jeans, thank Latvian-born tailor Jacob Davis. In 1871 in Reno, Nevada, he invented denim as a tough material for trousers, then made a fortune in partnership with fabric merchant Levi Strauss.(more cool and interesting facts about Latvia you can find here)

5 Things to see in Latvia

 

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The Freedom Monument 

(Latvian: Brīvības piemineklispronounced [ˈbriːviːbas ˈpiɛmineklis]) is a memorial located in Riga, Latvia, honouring soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence (1918–1920). It is considered an important symbol of the freedom, independence, and sovereignty of Latvia. Unveiled in 1935, the 42-metre (138 ft) high monument of granite, travertine, and copper often serves as the focal point of public gatherings and official ceremonies in Riga.The concept for the monument first emerged in the early 1920s when the Latvian Prime Minister, Zigfrīds Anna Meierovics, ordered rules to be drawn up for a contest for designs of a “memorial column”. After several contests the monument was finally built at the beginning of the 1930s according to the scheme “Shine like a star!” submitted by Latvian sculptor Kārlis Zāle. Construction works were financed by private donations.

 

 

 

Rundāle Palace

Rundāle Palace is the largest and most famous palace in Latvia. This palace was designed and built by Italian architect Franchesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. There are a lot of spectacular rooms to see and a beautiful park around the palace. The local guide will explain everything about the history of the palace and will entertain you with several scary tales from palace’s history. They even say that the palace has its own ghost which appears at night!

 

Riga Cathedral

 Riga Cathedral (Latvian: Rīgas Doms; German: Dom zu Riga) is the Evangelical Lutheran cathedral in Riga, Latvia. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Riga.The cathedral is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Latvia, and is featured in or the subject of paintings, photographs and television travelogues. Like all of the ancient churches of the city, it is known for its weathercock.The church is commonly called the Dome Cathedral, a tautology as the word ‘Dome’ comes from the German Dom meaning ‘cathedral’.
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Venta Rapid 

Venta Rapid (Latvian: Ventas rumba) is a waterfall on the Venta River in Kuldīga, Latvia. It is the widest waterfall in Europe – 249 metres (817 ft) and up to 270 metres (886 ft) during spring floods. Its height is 1.80–2.20 metres (5.9–7.2 ft) and it changes depending on the water level in the river.The Waterfall formed on Devonian dolostone. It formed an obstacle on Venta – medieval inland shipping route and due to this here formed settlement – contemporary Kuldīga. In the 17th and 19th centuries there were started works for building a shipping route around the falls but works were abandoned.Fishing weirs were carved into the stone. They were used to catch salmon and sturgeon. Due to these fishing devices, Kuldīga used to be called to be a town where you can catch salmon in the air. One could catch as many as 80—100 salmon a day . The fish that didn’t make the jump up the river were swept by the current back into the canals where they were caught in hanging baskets.On January 1, 1997, it was designated a natural monument of Latvia.

 

 

 

Jūrmala

Jūrmala (Latvian pronunciation: [juːrmala] “seaside”) is a city in Latvia, about 25 kilometres (16 miles) west of Riga. Jūrmala is a resort town stretching 32 km (20 miles) and sandwiched between the Gulf of Riga and the Lielupe River. It has a 33 km (21 miles) stretch of white-sand beach, and a population of 56,646, making it the fifth largest city in Latvia.While Latvia was part of the Soviet Union, Jūrmala was a favorite holiday-resort and tourist destination for high-level Communist Party officials, particularly Leonid Brezhnev and Nikita Khrushchev. Although it has many amenities such as beach-houses and concrete hotels remain, some have fallen into disrepair. Jūrmala remains a tourist attraction with long beaches facing the Gulf of Riga and romantic wooden houses in the Art Nouveau style.

 

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