Greater Than a Tourist- Riga Latvia
50 Travel Tips from a Local
By Rita Feigina
Are you excited about planning your next trip?
Do you want to try something new?
Would you like some guidance from a local?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater
Than a Tourist book is for you.
Greater Than a Tourist- Riga, Latvia by Rita Feigina offers
the inside scoop on Riga. Most travel books tell you how to travel
like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of
the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel
tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination.
In these pages, you will discover advice that will help you
throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses
or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge
from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel
Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to
know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book,
you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.
- Inside this travel guide book you will find:
- Insider tips from a local.
- A bonus book 50 Things to Know About
Packing Light for Travel by bestselling author
- Packing and planning list.
- List of travel questions to ask yourself or others
- A place to write your travel bucket list.
The world is a book and those who
do not travel read only one page.
― St. Augustine.
Since I remember myself, Riga has always been the
place which is my cup of tea. Having lived there for the
most of my life, I have experienced a wide variety of ups
and downs. I love Riga and her meandering and cozy
streets that are rich of Art Nouveau. I also had a good time
with adorable people on the beach, and now, my dear
traveller, I am going to share a sparkle of my love to this
town with you.
1. WHEN IN DOUBT BETWEEN MEDITERRANEAN
OR NORDIC CHOOSE MODERATELY CONTINENTAL
To begin with, I always plan in advance. I am a quite
passionate traveller. And you? First, when I pick up a place
to visit, in most ways location matters a lot. Second, when I
pick up a place to visit, I bear in mind my climate
preferences. Some people prefer a Mediterranean climate,
but other people prefer a Nordic climate. Noteworthy, the
heart of Latvia is located in between Eastern part of Europe
which is moderately continental zone. Third, I choose
appropriate season. In Latvia there are four distinct seasons
– winter, spring, summer, and autumn. It is believed that
winter is moderate in Riga. Since the temperature in
December is not considered the peak point of cold, you can
come to see adorable Christmas preparations! Starting from
32°F (0-5ºC) it is an average temperature which lets you to
take a hot drink and go for a walk through beautiful winter
streets of Riga! You may feel cozy summer on the Jurmala
beach bearing in mind that the temperature during the
summer in Riga averages up to 86-95°F (30-35ºC).
Usually, the season starts in May and lasts until August.
Therefore, I kindly invite you to take your umbrella, a
swimsuit, and let’s enjoy the waves! Or if you are here in
winter you will be glad to wear your warm clothes, grab a
cup of coffee, and go for a walk. Breath in fresh a
Christmas breath and prepare presents for your beloved
2. SIGHTSEEING OBJECTS THAT WILL STICK IN YOUR MIND
Riga is the capital of Art Nouveau architecture. I highly
recommend you to visit Old Riga which is considered one
of the biggest cultural heritage landmarks as well as a very
popular place among tourists. It is one of the most beautiful
parts of the town. Being the very heart, filled with medieval
churches, charming cafés, ornate buildings, small narrow
streets paved with ancient stone blocks that are teeming
with a plenty of isolated restaurants, Old Riga always sticks
in the mind of tourists. In the very beginning, there is a
quite friendly Kronvalda park with a big fountain. During
the summer it is allowed to sit down and relax on the
ground. The Freedom Monument is our gorgeous
memorial, which is considered an important symbol of
freedom, independence, and sovereignty of Latvia. The
Laima Clock is a landmark of Old Riga. The Large and the
Small Guilds are located on the right side of Valnu street,
which is the most centered and crowded. These are
buildings are styled medieval gothic architecture. The
Guild itself was formed in 1354 and consisted of German
merchants and jewellers. At present, there are symphonic
concert halls for classical music concerts. The Dome
Cathedral is the oldest and grandest church in Latvia and
also the largest medieval church of cathedral type in
Baltics. The building of The Dome is with elements of
Romanesque, early Gothic and Baroque architecture and it
was laid in 1211. Also, you may be interested to listen there
The Organ - one of the oldest musical instruments. Last but
not least, The Cat House, the building in Old Riga, which is
located on 10 Meistaru iela, is styled as medieval
architecture with some elements of Art Nouveau. It is well-
known for the two cat sculptures, with arched backs and
raised tails, on its roof. The special legend about this place
tells a story of the wealthy tradesman who commissioned
the building was refused membership of the Riga
Tradesmen's Guild, mostly just called the Great Guild.
Once upon a time when I was a little girl, I remember my
parents took me to the Tower of St. Peter's Church to see
Riga from a bird's-eye view. What an amazing experience
Read all 50 Tips in the book Greater Than a Tourist- Riga Latvia available at Amazon.
TOP REASONS TO BOOK THIS TRIP
Beach: Jurmala is outstanding beach which attracts a huge
amount of tourists each year.
Food: The food is amazing.
Traditions: Riga has a rich heritage of traditions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rita is a writer, who is a native of Riga. She
graduated from University of Latvia with a BA in
Modern Languages and Business Studies in 2016.
During her studies she has received a verified certificate
for participation in the 2nd International Symposium
“Language for Intercultural Communication:
Interdisciplinary Perspective”, which was held on May
2013. In summer 2016, she joined a summer internship
in Barcelona, Spain.
She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in
Linguistics and Translation at Peoples' Friendship
University of Russia (RUDN) in Moscow. The
programme is called MA Foreign Language of
Professional Communication and Specialised
Translation. She loves to read, draw, listen the sounds
of the Baltic sea, splashing waves, seagull-scream, and
take photos on the beach near the coastline of Jurmala;
but she also believes that there is no place much more
better than homeland.
Rita also travels a lot…