The day we were ready to see Riga’s Dome Cathedral was the day it wasn’t ready for us. A concert was starting.

Dome Cathedral, the largest place of worship in the Baltic region.

Dome Cathedral, the largest place of worship in the Baltic region.

So we didn’t get in but were just happy to look from the outside and listen to a cellist play out in the street. We also took a 30-minute tour ride around the Old Town, since our feet were already aching. Only Marcus was not complaining about walking endlessly. To think that he was even carrying his backpack, heavy with camera equipment!

Powder room, its wall is 2,5 meters thick.

Powder room, its wall is 2,5 meters thick.

I don’t remember much from the tour information – except about the Powder Tower, now housing the Latvian War museum. The tower is all that remains from a total of 18 towers which were once part of Riga’s defences. It’s from the 14th century, among the oldest foundations in Riga.  The tower was intended to store gunpowder so the walls are thick and strong. To prove that, nine cannonballs remain embedded in the walls.

Nothing special about this picture. I just want to remember my bag, a very practical albeit not so pretty Swedish bag.

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Another kokle player. I find the artist’s wreath and robe dreamy.

Dinner at a fancy restaurant.

I dared eat a fried avocado dish. It was actually very good.

I took this picture because the waiter is cute :-). I can’t help it, I am an admirer of pretty things and beings.

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Here’s another cutie! Both aunt and the red car – does anyone know what kind of car this is? It’s right outside an american diner.

I found the horse and wagon interesting – but later on, I will find out that this will be pale in comparison to the horses and carriages in Krakow, Poland. More of that soon in this blog.