Monday, May 22, 2017

Welcome to Latvia!

To get to Riga we had to fly through Amsterdam so it was a long day of traveling to make our destination. Our first hurdle was just getting on the plane as Peter and Josh both had overweight bags. This weekend was also the first weekend for all of the foreign students flying back home so the airport was a mob scene. Peter was instructed by the agent that we had to go get in line to pay for the overweight bags but that line was at least an hour and a half long. If you've ever traveled with Peter you know that when Peter want something done it gets done! Needless to say we didn't have to wait in the long line.

Our flight to Amsterdam was uneventful and gave us plenty of time to make our airbaltic flight to Riga. The flight to Riga was great because Peter had ordered us food ahead of time so we had a nice meal on the plane while everyone else was offered a cheese sandwich. When we went to baggage claim we waited and we waited and we waited. The only bags that made it through were the two car seats. Nine other bags we're lost in Amsterdam.

So we made a claim for lost bags and Lauma's sister Liga drove us to our hotel.

We are staying at hotel Bergs. This is a wonderful luxury hotel very near the old section of Riga. As we checked in the agent smiled and said did you know you receive a complimentary upgrade to one of our executive Penthouse suites? Well, no, we didn't know but we were certainly happy to accept the offer!

Our room is like a luxury two-story apartment the bottom floor is a full kitchen a lovely living room a balcony and then a spiral staircase up to the second floor which has a master bath a beautiful walk in closet a large bedroom and another balcony looking over the city.
Dinner at Biblioteka

The Orthodox Church

We have spent several days here having dinner with Laumas family and seeing the sights of Riga.  It is really a beautiful city. And the cuisine has been out of this world. But most of all it has been such a pleasure to receive the hospitality of Liga Jānis and Sandra here in their home. I am really looking forward to returning to Riga and for an extended stay.
Art neuveau district


Cruising the canal

Dipping sauce for our bread

Our tour guide Liga
Jānis, Gabriela and Liga

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