Photos Latvia
Photos Latvia

Photos - Latvia

After a week in Estonia we moved on to Latvia, the middle one of the three Baltic countries. The first camp site where we stayed was on the banks of the Gauja River near Sigulda. From Sigulda we drove to the Latvian capital Riga where we stayed on the city camping very close to the centre. We visited some great museums and shot a lot of good photos.

From our Sigulda camping did we undertake a 25km canoe expedition trough Gauja National park, with great scenery and lots of wildlife. Near the camping are the biggest Ski Slope of Latvia and Bobsled track were the Soviet team trained for the Olympic Games in Sarajevo. Cesis is the main city in the area with an old castle were the removed Lenin statue from the main square is on display in a crate. From Sigulda we drove to Riga were we camped on the City Camping on Kipsala Island, very close to the city centre. Latvia regards the years they were part of the Soviet Union a period of occupation but there are still many interesting things that relate to that period. Some Soviet era monuments are still standing like the Victory Memorial to the Red Army, Latvian Riflemen Statue and the Monument to the 1906 Revolution. Riga also has some great Soviet architecture like the Shroud Bridge, TV Tower and the Stalinist wedding cake building of the Academy of Sciences. Finally features Riga some of Eastern Europe’s fines museums like the Aviation, Automobile and Railways Museums and the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 1940-1991, dedicated to remembering the crimes of the Soviet Union against the Latvian people.

Sigulda - Camping Siguldas Pludmale

Siguldas Pludmale camping on the Gauja river bank near Sigulda

Sigulda - Camping Siguldas Pludmale

Enjoying famous Latvian Balsam Liquor on the Sigulda camping

Sigulda - Camping Siguldas Pludmale

Camping Siguldas Pludmale beach on the Gauja river bank

Sigulda - Black Balsam

In Latvia we drunk famous local herbal liquor, Black Balsam

Sigulda - Gauja canoe trip

Canoes for rent at the starting point of the Gauja canoe trip

Sigulda - Gauja canoe trip

Our Gauja canoe with a hand operated ferry in the background

Sigulda - Gauja canoe trip

Enjoying the beautiful nature of Gauja National Park by canoe

Sigulda - Gauja canoe trip

Lush green landscape of the Gauja National Park in Latvia

Sigulda - White Wagtail

A White Wagtail the national bird of Latvia in Gauja National Park

Sigulda - Gutmanis cave

Gutmanis cave with inscriptions dating back from the 17th century

Sigulda - Gutmanis cave

Inscription form 1916 in the Gutmanis cave near Sigulda in Latvia

Sigulda - Krimulda castle

Krimulda castle build on a hill in the dense Latvian forest

Sigulda - Krimulda castle

Ruins of the old Krimulda castle in the hills near Sigulda

Sigulda - Victors cave

Sandstone Viktors cave with graffiti over 400 years old

Sigulda - Cable car

Cable car crossing the Gauhja River between Sigulda and Turaida

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