OUG Harmony in Riga Latvia
 
Riga Latvia is the second Baltic country I have visited, Estonia being the first during the Harmony conference in 2010. And for those Americans that can't find Florida on a map ... Baltic != Balkan ... go look it up. We flew in, with Tanel Poder, Graham Wood and Kai Yu on 31 May, 2012 at the conclusion of the OUG Harmony conference in Finland. The one hour flight was smooth and in every positive way, totally unlike our experience on Rossiya Airlines. We were greeted at the airport by one of the conference organizers and transported seamlessly through a fascinating city to the Tallink Hotel Riga, Elizabetes 24, Riga (www.hotels.tallink.com). The room was good by American standards: First class by European standards. I highly recommend the hotel for anyone lucky enough to visit this city.
 
Arriving Riga Latvia from Helsinki Finland Approach to RIX
   
Aeroflot plane at RIX: An interesting nose for a civilian jet Note the "STOP" sign ... any American should feel very comfortable in Riga
   

Yes!

This is a city of beautifully restored buildings.
   
And a close up of the fašade From the standpoint of beautiful architecture ... the US is a desert
   
And the streets of Riga a pleasure to walk Pilsētas kanāls
   
Creativity and art ... everywhere Definitely a city to return to
   
Riga from the tower looking toward the Daugava River
   
More of Riga from the tower the Freedom monument (in the park) on Brivibas iela
   
Helen's dinner ... as tasty as it is attractive Beef Stroganoff with potato latkes ... OMG!
Above dinners from Restorans Zila Govs ... traditional Latvian cuisine located at 21 Meistaru St, www.zila-govs.lv (+371 67223307)