We left the home by 7 am, boarded our flight at 9:55, and landed in
, by 12:30 pm. A short taxi
ride brought us to the luxurious hotel Gustav had selected, right in the middle
of the old city. After a brief repast, and the first of what will no doubt be
many deep amber beers, we went for a brief exploration of the old city. It is a
beautiful European city, which is slowly recovering from the long time of
occupation by the Russians. Riga, Latvia
Since we are like a pack of chickens, each going his or her own way, I soon lost the group and decided to spend a couple of hours making plans and arrangements for the next three days. I bought us all Riga Passes, which for three days will entitle us to use public transportation, access to several museums, use of the hop-on hop-off tourist bus, and significant discounts on some restaurants and scenic tours. After that I located the bicycle rental place (that will probably be tomorrow Wednesday’ adventure), and the scooter rental place (that will be Friday’s adventure). Finally, I found the supermarket and bought some munchies and drinks).
Latvia is a lot cheaper than Germany, even
though it is a EU country and uses the euro.
In the afternoon we went out to dinner at the Blue Cow Restaurant, where we had a typical appetizer of pickled vegetables and thin slices of fat! Yes, pure cold white fat; you pile on a slice of black bread, add some of the pickled vegetables, sprinkle it with pepper and salt, and wash it down with cold vodka. Of course, the fat has no flavor, but we must believe our waitress and accept that it is just the thing to accompany a shot of vodka. Christine and I also had salted herring, which was very good.