On a trip through the Baltic states Riga, the largest city in the Baltics, can’t be missed. Capital of Latvia it is home for 700.000 Latvians and located in the central part of Latvia on the Daugava river. The Old Town, like in Tallinn, is included in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage list.

Each century has left its mark in the city’s features. They can be seen in the architecture of the Old Town and the City Centre. Our apartment was conveniently located in the latter and although a much larger city then Tallinn, things are often well within walking distance.

The Old Town features many unique buildings, churches and examples of Art Nouveau. Beautiful vistas overlooking it all can be enjoyed from St. Peters Church and the library, but beware of unfriendly people as hospitality is often nowhere to be found.

A must see is definitely not the Riga Zoo, the weather was nice but animals look sad in small housings, outdated and unremarkable. Out of boredom many walk the same path over and over again, however it is a nice and quiet escape from the center.

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Antoon Dekker says:

    Hoe krijg je die mooie gele en blauwe tinten? Het is bijzonder mooi.

    1. stijnvandrunen says:

      Ik gebruik voor mijn foto’s altijd een Circular Polarizing filter, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polarizing_filter_(photography), dit geeft de lucht een diep blauwe, soms zelfs bijna zwarte tint. Ook voegt het saturatie aan kleuren toe. Verder is het ook een stukje nabewerking, veel is gebaseerd op de Velvia analooge film look: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velvia.

      “Velvia 100F (RVP 100F) offers saturated colors, better color fidelity and higher contrast. It was introduced in 2002[8] and discontinued in 2012 although stocks are still available. Velvia 100F is less saturated than RVP50 and is accurate in color rendition with the exception of yellow. It exaggerates this color, especially when there is a slight yellowish cast in the scene. On film, this will be a deeper and more noticeable yellow.”

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