Spirit of Discovery blog
This morning Spirit Of Discovery sailed up the Daugava river in blazing sunshine, making fast to the cruise terminal pier in Riga at 1300.
One third of Latvia’s population resides in her capital city, which attracts far in excess of one million visitors each year. The city contains a fine variety of architectural styles, from Medieval through to Gothic Revival, and more than eight hundred buildings are Art Nouveau, having been laid down at the end of the 19th century when Latvia experienced a financial and demographic boom.
There’s no shortage of attractions in Riga, as there are a great many cafes, shops and museums. The Freedom Monument, at a magnificent 42 m tall, towers over Freedom Boulevard, and is a memorial to those who were killed between 1918 and 1920 defending the sovereignty of Latvia.
We stayed overnight, and found plenty of busy bars with live music on offer. But all good things come to an end, and we had to say goodbye to Riga, casting off at 1700 and heading back out of the river bound for Gothenburg, our final call on this cruise.
Captain Darin Bowland, MSc
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