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Beyond the Expected: Russia, The Baltics & Warsaw

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Beyond the Expected: Russia, The Baltics & Warsaw

Brendan Vacations provides travelers with an experience of Europe that goes above and beyond, delivering a delightfully “beyond the expected” journey.  In the final installment of Brendan’s  four-part series, “Beyond the Expected: New Discoveries with Gems of Northeastern Europe,”  Brendan’s fascinating  and i nformative Guided Vacation “The Best of Russia, the Baltics & Warsaw”  is the  featured gem. According to Nico Zenner, President of Brendan Vacations, “This extraordinary part of the world is home to some of the greatest historical...

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The Art of Coffee in Latvia

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The Art of Coffee in Latvia

I began my last day in Riga, Latvia, looking for a perfect cup of coffee. More importantly, I was looking for the perfect café. While I had consumed copious amounts of coffee during my travels through the country with friends both old and new, I needed a solo day at an inspirational café along with my journal to complete my trip. The beer gardens in the Old Town were crawling with men recovering from the previous night’s stag celebrations. Tourists flocked in droves to the many cafes surrounding churches and markets. I may have wanted a solo...

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Russian Orthodox Church – Riga, Latvia

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As with so many churches in the Baltic countries, the Orthodox Nativity of Christ Cathedral has had a varied life. Situated in a park called Esplanade, the Cathedral was built between 1876 and 1883 when Latvia was part of Russia and has the distinction of being the largest Orthodox cathedral in the Baltics. During World War I, the occupying German forces turned the Cathedral into a Lutheran church. When Latvia attained independence in 1921, the Cathedral was returned to the Orthodox faith for the first time. However, along with many other...

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St Peter’s Church The Symbol of Riga, Latvia

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The 123-metre high, three-tiered spire of St Peter’s Church is the undoubted symbol of Riga, the capital of Latvia. This brick-built church dates from the early 15th Century though the spire dates from just after WWII, German shelling having destroyed the previous wooden spire in 1941. Much of the interior decoration was destroyed by rioting Protestants in the early 1500s. Heading away from the church, the visitor comes to the Town Hall Square, which contains arguably the most beautiful buildings in the Old Town. They are a complete...

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Rundale Palace, Latvia, from Riga

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To get to the wonderful Rundale Palace from Riga, travellers should go via public transport. The first leg is from Riga to a place called Bauska and then the next leg is from Bauska to Pilsrundale. The currency in Latvia is the lats with the plural lati. The Bus station (autoosta) in Riga is to the south-east of the Old Town. I obtained a ticket from the ticket office (kasse) at a cost of 2 lati and waited at Platform 6 for the bus to Bauska. The bus left on time and the journey took 70 minutes through very flat countryside. Then I bought a...

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