Today I’ve read a post called Top ten city-breaks in Europe from a fellow blogger and it brought me back to the good old days of European travel. My most favourite European city is Vienna and apart from it, I have never thought about what’s the other nine to make up a top ten. Maybe I should start a series of posts called “Billy’s Top 10” later.
That post did bring one city to my mind – Riga in Latvia. I am not sure if it will make into my Top 10 (it probably will) but I am quite sure it will be in my Top 3 nice surprise. I always call Riga a hidden gem because it probably won’t be high in people’s destination lists. The Old Town of Riga is one of the best, if not the best, old town I’ve ever visited. The buildings are all very colourful and well preserved. Walking in the streets was just like walking in a palette of water colours, not to mention the art nouveau architecture of which the city is famous for.
The House of the Blackheads is the representative building of the Old Town. It was originally a meeting place for guilds and now it’s a venue for chamber music concerts. The building was actually destroyed during World War II and was rebuilt in the 90’s. As this is my first post about Riga, I picked this picture. Yet I should add another one later to show what’s more beautiful – the art nouveau.