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Day Two: Morning

Rise and shine! There’s still much more to see in Riga even though we know your head is pounding and the finer points of last night are a haze. So get your walking boots on (don’t worry,it won’t be a hike) and head to Riga Central Market for a slow stroll that will have you soaking up some culture without you even realising. Built in German Zeppelin Hangers, this is the biggest enclosed market in Europe. As you explore you can treat yourself to some traditional bites (salted cucumber, fresh pork chops, freshly smoked eel) or snap up some hand-made socks or hats and souvenirs.

Everyone visits this buzzing sales space, from the Riga elite to the homeless that gather outside and pick up the day’s refuse, so it provides real insight into the city.

Afternoon:

The Riga Aviation Museum near the main airport is a treat. It looks more like an army base than an educational hub (perhaps because all the planes are real and Riga is no stranger to military occupation). If you’re a military thriller fan, the books will be brought to life as you walk among Soviet-era fighter jets and bomber planes in the main yard. You can also check out the enormous MI-6 passenger helicopter which has set world records for speed and hauling capacity. Entrance is free.

If you want a break from war history, check out Riga’s Sun Museum in the old town – it’s the only museum in the world dedicated to, yes, you guessed it, suns, and it’s a unique little experience that will stick out in your mind for sheer quirk. The private collection boasts thousands of images and models of suns from all over the world with the different interpretations and stories behind them. At the end of your visit, you’ll be given a plaster sun to paint in their creative room and take home with you, as the owner of the collection attempts to spread ‘the light’ (whatever that might mean) all over the globe.

Evening:

By now your hangover has just about subsided enough that you’re ready to tuck into a good meal. As it’s your last night in town, we recommend living it up for dinner. Carpe Diem in the old town is one of Riga’s most famous eating establishments, serving up big, juicy steaks like you’ve never seen before (unless you’ve been to Argentina). The meat is all organic and local and it’s cooked to perfection. You’ll dine under chandeliers, and when dinner is over you can recline in your seat and let live music lull you into post-food bliss. You’ll have just enough energy to get back to your hotel room and pack for your flight after a whirlwind adventure in one of Eastern Europe’s undiscovered gems.

 


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