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Latvia is obviously a lot poorer and still has much further to move from it’s Communist era days than its neighbours Estonia and Lithuania, but for all that was fascinating! Marianne was sure she liked all the old hideous Socialist concrete apartment blocks, but the countryside was as lovely as the rest of the Baltic states.

Soviet era flats at Daugavspils

Soviet era flats at Daugavspils

The town of Cesis were we spent the first night was like stepping back in time. The campsite on the Gaugas River at Zagarklans ( an old Soviet ski resort) was a lovely spot. Marianne enjoyed herself picking wild raspberries in the forest.

 

 

Marianne picking wild raspberries in the forest at Cesis

Marianne picking wild raspberries in the forest at Cesis

 

 

Stan, of course, immersed himself in an old Soviet nuclear bunker built at Ligatne in the 1970′ s to house the Government and military command of Latvia. It is huge and is built under a sanatorium health resort for the Party elite. All interesting stuff ( look at the photos). Just as well we never came to WW111.

I could do this job...

I could do this job…

The capital city, Riga was nice, but not like Talinn, but nevertheless very quaint. Daugavspils on the Lithuanian border was a bit like going back to the 1960′s.

16th century castle at Cesis

16th century castle at Cesis

But all being said, Latvia is coming along and struggling to modernise. We found it immensely interesting and the people friendly.

See the photos in the Gallery at https://picasaweb.google.com/110392977689469430264/Latvia