Photography

One photo can tell thousand words? I decided to express myself using both words and images I have been taking during my travels from different countries and cultures (a lot of photography from Georgia) or trying out a new recipe. Alternatively take a look at Piece of Life photo project. Visit digital photography school for different photography learning tutorials.
Railway / Bus / Ferry

Tbilisi Central Railway Station

Tbilisi Central Railway Station is a major transport hub in Georgia, serving many domestic and two international routes: Yerevan (Armenia) and Baku (Azerbaijan) Originally built in 1872, Tbilisi Railway station has undergone various architectural transformations, and currently serves as a combined railway station and shopping mall. The...
Railway / Bus / Ferry

Riga International Coach Terminal

Riga international coach terminal or bus station is a major traffic hub in Latvia and Baltics. I last time visited this place and used Riga - Vilnius coach transfer and then departed from Vilnius to Kutaisi. This coach terminal is situated in the heart of city, close to the Old Riga and Riga Central Market. In fact I was surprsided to learn...
Restaurant reviews

Dali Cafe & Art in Riga

Dali Cafe & Art is located in Spikeri quarter in Riga, I visited this place at night before leaving Riga (right next on the corner from this place is Riga bus station) and headed to Tbilisi (a long way, via Vilnius and Kutaisi). The night I visited Dali Cafe was the Eurovision song festival night, and folks gathered here of watching it...
Tourism objects

Spikeri Quarter and Promenade in Riga

Spikeri quarter and promenade is recently renovated neighborhood in Riga and it has all chances to become a very popular tourist spot in Riga. This place is closely located to Riga Central market (I will write about in anytime soon), Riga International Bus station, Railway station and of course Old Riga. I visited this place for a very short...
Entertainment

Dzintari Concert Hall

Dzintari concert hall is popular throughout Latvia as a place where concerts and other events are held, where outstanding artists have been performing for almost for 70 summers now. I discovered this place by accident during my cycling Jūrmala ride. I stopped my vehicle in front of this place just to rest and decided to photograph this...
Outdoor Activities

Cycling in Jūrmala (Bicycle Tourism)

Welcome to another cycling series post - this time about cycling in Latvian beach resort city Jūrmala. Actually it has been a while when I last time sat on my bicycle back in Tbilisi, Georgia. We headed to Jūrmala city just shortly after the 3rd Eastern Partnership Business forum which was held in Riga. We stayed overnight at...
Hotel reviews

Hotel Dzintars Review in Jūrmala, Latvia

Dzintars hotel is located in Latvian beach resort city Jūrmala - very close to the nations capital city Riga (some 30 minutes drive). The reason I chose this hotel is plain simple - my brother works as a concierge here (family ties) and this hotel is among cheapest available in Jūrmala (and by saying cheapest I mean - it's a value deal) I first...
Churches and Monasteries

St. John's Church in Saldus

Some time ago I visited a lovely town Saldus (located some 100km from capital Riga), one of the main sights here is a church - St. John's Church of Saldus. As usual I took my camera and made a few shots here. The altarpiece at Saldus St. John's church Author of this altar painting is made by J. Dering (19th century). Read more: Churches...
Churches and Monasteries

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Skrunda

History of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Skrunda dates back to 1668 as stated on official Skrunda municipality website. I took my camera and went to memorize this place.  Skrunda church Bell tower of Skrunda Church Back view of Skrunda Church Burial near Skrunda church According to the inscription on the cross - pastor...
Entertainment

Skrunda Cultural Center

Right, I just made this name - Skrunda Cultural Center what is a direct translation from Latvian Skrundas Kultūras Centrs. I wouldn't probably mention this place on my blog, but since lately I have been travelling around Skrunda a lot, I decided why not?! Another reason I'm listing this place here - you can get a free high-speed Wi-Fi internet...
Restaurant reviews

The Stender’s Bar&Club in Kuldīga

I believe soon I will have a complete list of Kuldīga restaurants, but prior that I would like to introduce you another interesting place in this charming Curonian city, meet The Stender's Bar & Club. Stender's Bar&Club is located on charming street in KuldīgaIts address is Liepājas street 3Menu desk at Stender'sMenu at Stender's...
Home Remodeling

Home Remodelling - How It All Starts

Recently my better part and I became a lucky home-owners, we went through a long and bureaucratic procedure to inherit a house in scenic place in a very remote country. The house is in a very bad condition and asks for a lot of investments - one of the primary things we are looking to do next - is to change a roof (it is leaky), to dig the well,...
Restaurant reviews

Širhans - Azerbaijani cuisine in Riga, Latvia

Širhans (Shirhan) is a lovely restaurant serving Azerbaijani cuisine located in the suburbs of Sarkandaugava in Riga, Latvia (Meža Prospekts 90). I visited this place just shortly after a visit to Riga Zoo. If you just like me enjoy Caucasian style cuisine you will enjoy this place. Although I must admit I'm very found of Georgian...
Entertainment

Riga Zoo

I visited Riga Zoo together with my mom at the start of May. I took my camera with myself and captured more than 600 images here, just 17 survived to you my dear reader. Entrance gates at Riga zoo Riga Zoo is located in a lovely neighbourhood of Mežaparks.  Flamingos at Riga Zoo A camel at Riga zoo A peacock at Riga Zoo At...
Tourism objects

Dobele Castle Ruins

Right, lets speak about a topic I like a very much - Castle ruins. Recently I visited Dobele Castle Ruins (Republic of Latvia) and spent here some 30 minutes trying to make some decent photos of this place. History of this castle dates back to the 1335 AD. But prior to that there was another castle (Read more at the end of this post)Fortification...
Churches and Monasteries

Dobele Evangelical Lutheran Church

I was surprised to learn that this church is more than 500 years old. Prior I learnt that I was even more surprised to learn that Dobele town has a lovely historical centre. This church is located just next to this historical centre. I took my camera and tried to make some great pictures here. Dobele Evangelical Lutheran Church I believe all...
Tourism objects

The Historical Centre of Dobele - Marketplace Square

Dobele is a small town located in historical region of Zemgale in Latvia some 60 km South West from nations capital city Riga. One thing a tourist should visit while in Dobele definitely is it's historical centre - marketplace square. In recent years this place has gone through some renovation and last time I visited it - it looked just amazing....
Restaurant reviews

Cafe 'Dzirnaviņas' in Biksti

Cafe Dzirnaviņas is located on the roadside of Riga - Liepaja highway in a small county of Biksti. This place serves a traditional Latvian cuisine for a very affordable prices.Cafe DzirnavinasMenu at Cafe DzirnavinasAs usual it might happen in local Latvian restaurants - a pork chop is a most popular meal. Prices indicated here are in EUR....
Railway / Bus / Ferry

Skrunda Bus Station

Skrunda bus station is a regional bus station serving local Latvian cities and town. It mainly serves Riga and Liepaja route, but you can get from here to Kuldīga, Kazdanga and other local routes. If you are heading to Skrunda by bus you can either hire some local taxi here or walk to the closely located Skrunda abandoned military town (Distance...
Tourism objects

Rudzisu Stone

We discovered Rudzisu Stone (Rudzīšu akmens) by accident driving  some remote roads in Latvian countryside. What at start seemed an easy task turned to be a mini hiking tour. Although there is a tourist sign right next to the road some (perhaps you) will need walk to this stone some 500 meters (at least) from that road. You will have a chance...
Restaurant reviews

Berghof Restaurant Review in Dairy Manor, Sieksāte, Latvia

This restaurant is located inside the Dairy Manor Berghof complex. During my visit at this complex I had a chance to try a local delicacy like salmon tartar at this restaurant. I learned there exists a gadget called a tea timer while I enjoyed my meal here. Dairy Manor (Piena Muiža in Latvian) Berghof is located in the remote Latvian village...
Tourism objects

Dairy Manor Berghof

Dairy Manor (Piena Muiža in Latvian) Berghof is located in the remote Latvian village of Sieksāte some 160 km from capital Riga. This manor complex serves a hotel, retaurant, museum and a lovely park. Bicycle parking at BerghofSome (perhaps you) can rent a bicycle here and enjoy a lovely ride around this manor complexCamper parking at...
Military Heritage

The Northern Forts of Liepaja

If you just like me are into fortification systems you will definitely enjoy The Northern Forts of Liepaja. Built by Imperial Russia at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of 20th century to provide the protection of Liepāja’s naval base in case of enemy attack. According to history - In November of 1908, Tsar Nicholas II...
Restaurant reviews

Caffe 'Lielā Pietura' Review in Grobiņa, Latvia

Caffe 'Lielā Pietura' literally translates as 'The Great Stop' and there is no surprise of this name, this cafeteria is actually located close to the ... a bus stop in Grobiņa, connecting capital city Rīga with Liepāja. This cafeteria serves traditional Latvian cuisine for a very reasonable prices.Caffe 'Lielā Pietura'Bus stop 'Grobiņa'Rīga -...
Military Heritage

Livonian Order Castle Ruins at Aizpute

I have always been into a digging stuff and walking around old ancient sites is just one of my favorite activities to do. Also I'm into a history. So it's no surprise I visited a site called Livonian Order Castle Ruins at Aizpute. If you are not familiar with what a Livonian Order actually is - in short: The Livonian Order was an autonomous...
Churches and Monasteries

Aizpute Saint John’s church

The Saint John evangelic Lutheran church in Aizpute is one of the oldest churches in Courland, historical region of Latvia.  On a rainy day I took my DSLR camera and headed to Aizpute Church mound to photograph this ancient site. Latter I was surprised to learn that on this place, prior a church were built was an ancient Curonian castle....
Lakes

Kazdanga Mill Lake And Its Surroundings

Kazdanga Mill lake (Dzirnezers, Dzirnavu ezers in Latvian) and its surroundings is a lovely I would even say a touristic place in a small Latvian village of Kazdanga. Some one (perhaps you) will find a lot of outdoor activities to do here - starting boat ride on that lake ending cycling around this area, I learned that you can even smoke a fish...
Tourism objects

Kazdanga Manor

Kazdanga manor is located in Courland historical region of  Latvia. As I have already stated back when visited Snēpele manor -  Latvia is a land of old manor houses and palaces, they dates back from the times when German nobles ruled this territory. A lot of manors one (perhaps you) can find in a historical region of Courland....
Churches and Monasteries

Valtaiķi Evangelical Lutheran Church

When I was back in Germany and visited Germany's most visited landmark - The Cologne's Cathedral my travel mate said to me - it (Cologne's Cathedral) doesn't impress me as much as Valtaiķi church in Latvia. I looked at her - and asked, what? Seriously? Yes, she replied - the stained glass at Valtaiķi church are more impressive than here at Cologne...
Restaurant reviews

Restaurant 'Kūriņš' In Jūrmala, Latvia

Restaurant Kūriņš in Jūrmala serves a traditional Latvian cuisine. It's located close to the seashore in Kauguri (part of Jūrmala). Rumour has it - in weekends it's hard to get a table here. The reason probably is a great food, large portions and a lovely location.aSignboard at Restaurant KūriņšLatvians are really into a carving, and Restaurant...