Day 8 (Continued): A restful day in Riga.

So after we left St. Christopher at the river’s edge, we ventured back into the city.  We passed several very nice churches along the way.  In Latvia there is more of a variety of religious sects than there was in Lithuania.  Nonetheless the churches were all beautiful.

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But the churches were not the only photo ops in this beautiful city.  This young man had appanently found a subject more interesting to photograph.

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And so did this pretty blonde photographer.  Although I’m not real sure why she chose this subject.

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Not to be outdone by either of them, I found my own unusual subject to focus on.  By the way it was the only one Georgie would let me focus on.

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After all of this we need to have a true religious experience so we went to church and this basilica.  It was very ornate inside.  The priest gave a lovely sermon in Latvian and just in case we didn’t understand all of it, he gave it again.  Longest sermon we had ever heard.

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By this time we were beginning to wear down a bit so we headed back to the hotel.  In fact it was time to gather up and board the bus for our transfer to Estonia.  Here’s the group getting ready to depart.

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After several miles in the bus we crossed the border between Latvia and Estonia.  Once again the cameras came out and we memorizied the moment.

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After crossing the border, we off loaded the bikes and pedaled along the coast of the Baltic Sea for about 20 miles.  Here is Vaida, our guide, showing our route on the map and me looking out over the beautiful ocean.

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At one point along our bike route, we stopped for a break.  We climbed the nearby hill to get a good view of the ocean and a shaded place to rest.  In the meantime, Georgie, Our Lady of the Happy Hour, set up a birthday cake to celebrate Gloria Colley’s birthday.  We all gave her b-day greetings and devoured the cake.  Gloria was elated.

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Once we got back on our bikes and on the trail, our next stop was a beach along the coast which seemed to be a very popular place to enjoy a swim and get some sun.  Naturally we waded out into the waves.

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After our refreshing visit to the beach, we drove to the town of Haapsalu on the coast.

Since I am having trouble uploading pictures to this blog, I may be silent for a few days until we figure out what the problem is.  See ya.

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The first stop there was at the old railroad station that was now a museum with a lot of old locomotives and other memorabilia.

 

 

 

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