Riga, Latvia

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riga coffee

Sometimes you don’t need to go far for a vacation. Living in Finland some places may seem like too close and you kinda skip them and go further instead. But this summer we did a trip to Riga, Latvia and it was nice. We did a road trip there – first took a boat to Estonia and then drove from there to our destination. The boat trip was about two hours and the drive about four or five. I know it seems like a lot ’cause it would have been a quick flight but we weren’t able to fly this time. Roadtrips are always different from flights and it was nice to see the landscape by car – even though it almost felt like we never left home with the beautiful nature and forests.

Riga was lovely. It was beautiful in some places and quite average in some – but it did have a little Paris feeling to it. Of course nothing can compare to Paris – but it was nice nevertheless. Our trip was quite relaxed – we rented an apartment so we mainly cooked for ourselves and ate there. We rented the apartment from airbnb – as we have done before – but this time we had a luxury penthouse so it truly felt like a vacation. We enjoyed the penthouse – we took long baths and drank champagne in the jacuzzi and had dinner at the big table and those big comfortable chairs. I also loved having my coffee by the window and stare down.  Someday I want to have a window like that in my home. Renting from airbnb has always been easy and I can recommend that to all. It’s a good alternative to hotel and it’s nicer to go as you please without always entering the hotel hall.

There are many places to visit in Riga but we only visited two of them: Jurmala beach and the old town. We chose a bad day for the beach and didn’t really get to enjoy it that much since it was cloudy and a bit cold. It was a nice beach though and definitely worth visiting in a sunny day.

The old town was my favourite part of the city. It was beautiful and not too big so you could walk through it and wander around. We saw one of those tours with segways but I couldn’t understand why on earth you would need segway in there – it was so much nicer to use your feet. We ate in an italian restaurant in old town, IL Patio. I haven’t eaten a lot of sweets but I had a dessert there and it was amazing. The actual food and sangria was good too.

We went shopping in one of the malls –  Galerija centrs. There were some brands that aren’t available here (in Finland) so it was nice. Also everything was on sale and I found for example a nice dress and a bag. But it wasn’t a shopping paradise since there wasn’t even a fashion outlet (I love Mc Arthur Glenn Outlets!) I noticed that there were a lot of organic (natural) cosmetics everywhere and I learned that Madara (which I love!) is from Latvia. We went to a big supermarket and there was cosmetics too – I found this great moisturizer from Kivvi which is also ecocertified brand from Latvia. I love big supermarkets abroad – there are always new fun stuff that you can find and they are usually quite cheap.

Altogether it was a nice vacation in Riga in a good company and remembering it now makes me happy. Have you been to Riga? I would love to hear about your experience.

Below are photos of the apartment. My man wrote a review about it and it wraps up my feelings about the place quite nicely:

“The apartment was in excellent condition, and the hot tub and the sound system were great! The kitchen’s devices and equipment were more than I expected. Everything was clean. The word luxury describes the apartment well. Normunds had arranged a reception for us for the agreed upon time and we received a sufficient walkthrough to the apartment with a friendly instruction to call if we need to ask anything. I hope the apartment will be available for our next visit to Riga as well! Thank you Normunds and the team!”

Link to the apartment here.

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airbnb penthouse

Our holiday in Rhodes, Greece

 

 

 

 

holiday in rhodes

lindos acropolis

rhodes architecture
The architecture in Rhodes is beautiful. This photo is from Lindos.

lindos rhodes

Rhodes was sunny warm and beautiful. I thought the holiday paradise would differ from Greece’s situation but as Athens it was full of contraries.

In the first night (or second) there was a loud thunderstorm. I wrapped myself closer to my man and listened to the rain pouring down. Finally I fell asleep calmly and for the rest of the trip all I could hear through the windows were old hit songs and speeding cars. In the mornings the best thing was to stare at the sea from the balcony and drink coffee with open doors so that you could feel the sea breeze through the apartment.

We were staying in Atlantica Princess hotel in Ialysos. It was a pretty good hotel. It had nice rooms, the staff was friendly and the food was okay. Outside it had a big pool and a lot of room for everyone to just chill out and have a drink while sunbathing. I mentioned that the food was okay but as a vegetarian I didn’t have that many options though and I could just dream of soy, tofu and other vegetarian proteins. Hotel living can get boring though so we rented a car from rodos cars. It was quick and easy so I can recommend that. You could really see the beauty of the island by driving and it also took us to pretty places such as the butterfly valley, Lindos or Tsambika. We drove through the island and saw many memorials by the road and were not surprised though ’cause the traffic was crazy.

The butterfly valley offered a break from the sun and also a nice hike in a beautiful forest. We only saw three butterflies though. Lindos was post card material with it’s white and turquoise buildings. We also hiked to the Acropolis where was the best scenery of the whole trip. Tsambika was a beautiful beach with clear and clean water. It got really windy though and after a while we just couldn’t handle the flying sand anymore. Rhodes seemed to be really windy all together which was a bit surprising.

Days passed by on the pool in the sun and adventuring. I saw a lot of beautiful scenery and many buildings that were not yet finished. Every third house looked less or more abandoned yet to my surprise there always seemed to be laundry airing and a tv on.

The best restaurant in Rhodes was Pegasus which actually was on the top when I was searching for the best pizza. We didn’t have any expectations though and were so amazed when we left the restaurant happy, satisfied and with a gift from the owner. Mojito was good, food was awesome and the service was good and friendly.

On the trip I slept a lot, I got hooked on kindle and books, I enjoyed gin&tonic by the pool and got new experiences. I discovered a great sunscreen, found my tan lines and remembered why it’s so lovely to come back home again.

I can recommend you..

Atlantica Princess hotel
Rodos cars rental
The Butterfly Valley
Lindos, Acropolis
Pegasus restaurant

 

rhodes holiday

 

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