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Viva la Riga!

Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019 4:13pm

Well I made it back from Riga in one piece you’ll be glad to know, and as with all good holidays, I now want to move there.

Riga is such a beautiful and interesting city and it’s also a very manageable size for a quick getaway. You can see pretty much most things on the tourist trail but also get to explore the backstreets and the more hidden away gems.

As you know, I’m an absolute sucker for good décor in a bar and restaurant and there was no shortage of Instaworthy places to go and have a cocktail or a bite to eat.

A friend of mine who is from Riga suggested the Skyline bar on the 26th floor of the Radisson, and if you’re looking for great views, good espresso martinis and even better food, then this ticks all the boxes.

Our apartment was also right in the very centre of the old town, so we were only a stones throw from everything and were very near to Riga’s Central Market which is huge and housed in a series of old Zeppelin hangers. Think the English Market but multiplied by five on scale. They also had food stalls here where you could buy everything from traditional Latvian dishes to a great selection of Asian food and lovely local wines. Needless to say all were sampled.

Now if you can believe it, I didn’t step foot inside one clothing shop the whole weekend. We found one shopping centre with the usual high street offerings but given that I spend pretty much every day in them, I didn’t feel like popping in on my holidays.

I wouldn’t have minded a few boutiques to visit but we just didn’t seem to come across very many or if we did there was always a good bar or restaurant to distract us.

Packing wise, I think if I had to grade myself on this trip I would have awarded myself a solid eight. My faithful bumbag, fannypack (to my American readers) or belt bag makes its way on every trip with me in lieu of an actual handbag but as someone who now carries her own reusable coffee cup and water bottle with her, it’s getting increasingly difficult to do so.

There’s only so much you can squeeze into these bags and I don’t want to be carrying around a big bag with me. My friends solution was to also carry a tote around on holidays so I might give this a go the next time I go away.

I was determined, even though it looked pretty cold on the forecast, to try and be as spring fling as possible in my clothing and to my surprise the first three days were pretty warm with maybe a slight nip in the air. Thus my various floral midi dresses that I had packed worked out well worn with my leather jacket and my trusty Doc Martens.

My legs felt like they had had a workout after wearing them walking around the city all day, but then I suppose that could also be a positive. Hello toned legs!

However the last day of our holidays felt like we had been transported back to winter and of course this was the day I decided to debut my new wide leg cropped flair jeans from GAP. It’s a big 10/10 for the jeans but let me tell you this. No matter if you’re wrapped up well on your top half, if you’ve got any bit of an ankle exposed you will be absolutely freezing. I think it was Monday before I started warming up again!

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