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In pictures: a photographic journey through Latvia

Farmhouse Latvia on GlobalGrasshopper.com

This is the last in a series of articles from our #ePicLatvia trip very kindly organised by Hotel.info , LiveRiga and the Latvian Tourist Association. This is our photographic journey through beautiful Latvia, starting in the capital Riga, driving through the Latvian countryside (via the Milk Manor in Skrunda) and then ending in the beach-side city of Leipaja and the former military town Karosta.

Three Brothers Riga on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Riga is filled with extremely photogenic architecture, especially in the Old Town. These former residential buildings are affectionately known as the ‘Three Brothers’ and are superb examples of medieval architecture. Built in the 15th century they are the oldest stone houses still standing in Riga.

Lock Bridge Riga on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Head to the main park in Riga (near the Freedom Monument and Bastejkalns) to see the attractive Padlock Bridge. The tradition in Riga is to put a padlock on the bridge on a couple’s wedding day. After locking it and then throwing the key in the water, the padlock cannot be opened so it is thought the couple won’t get divorced!

Dome Square Riga on GlobalGrasshopper.com

This is the mural looking down on the people drinking and eating in Dome Square – the main hub of activity in the city.

Christmas Tree Monument Riga on GlobalGrasshopper.com Old House Riga on GlobalGrasshopper.com

The first photo is the Riga ‘Christmas tree monument’ (it’s believed that Riga hosted the very first Christmas Tree over 500 years ago). The second is another example of medieval architecture in Riga’s Old Town.

Riga Bridge on GlobalGrasshopper.com

When visiting the Latvian capital I recommend taking the canal boat trip starting from the main park in Riga. It takes you out to see the Railway bridge which is beautiful – especially when the sun is setting.

Hobby Wool Shop, Riga on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Also make sure you go shopping. The craft shops are some of the best I’ve seen in Europe, especially the knitting! This is the Hobby Wool Shop in Riga’s Old Town.

Fish Market Riga on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Unfortunate fish (dried) in the Riga Central market. The market is the largest market in Europe and is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Milk Manor Latvia on GlobalGrasshopper.com

We left Riga and drove through the Latvian countryside, our first stop was the gorgeous ‘Milk Manor‘ in Skrunda. It’s a boutique hotel/chateau offering traditional treatments (milk baths, saunas etc.) and organic food in peaceful rural surroundings. A Dairy museum is also located here.

Old Farmhouse Latvia on GlobalGrasshopper.com

We passed this old farm building on our journey to Leipaja.

Farmhouse Latvia on GlobalGrasshopper.com

…and this one!

Stork in nest Lativa on GlobalGrasshopper.com

…and this nesting stork! Stork nests are a common site throughout the Latvian countryside. They are huge and are often precariously balanced on high telegraph poles.

Liepaja on GlobalGrasshopper.com

We eventually reached the seaside city of Liepaja – a laid back place with plenty of bars and a collection of very cool hotels/apartments to choose from.

Liepaja Beach on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Liepaja beach is a long stretch of beautiful white sand surrounded by the ice-blue Baltic sea (and as you can see they take pride in their tidiness!)

Karosta Flats on GlobalGrasshopper.com

Old communist style flats in the former military town of Karosta (a district of Liepaja). The eerie Karosta prison hotel is also located here.

Fountaine Palace, Latvia on GlobalGrasshopper.com

A typical Liepaja/Karosta welcome!

We wish to thank you all the organisers for inviting us to such amazing country. After spending time in Latvia I can’t think of many countries which have been through so much and yet still retains such a serene charm. The people are welcoming and the landscapes range from the idyllically beautiful to the strangely surreal. It’s a travel destination still undiscovered by the tourist masses but I would urge you to go before the rest of the world really does catch on!

All photos in “A photographic journey through Latvia” were taken by Becky Padmore

With roots in Bavaria, a home in England and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 35 countries on trips and living in both Dublin and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations away from the crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not travelling, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, wandering the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting around for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world - Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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