|Riga does not have a central plaza. In 1990 part of the street near The Freedom Monument was closed to traffic and that made a central plaza for public gatherings.|
|The Freedom Monument is dedicated to "Fatherland and Freedom", erected 1935 (author K. Zale) it is 42 m high and has a nickname Milda for a woman holding three stars that represent three parts of Latvia. During Soviet times this monument was considered for demolition but the prominent Soviet sculptor Vera Mukhina, who was born in Riga and was a student of K. Zale, is credited for saving it.|
These houses in Old Riga were built against the medieval city wall.
This is one of the favourite spots for postcard pictures and paintings of Old Riga
I love to walk in Old Riga to find houses nicely restored.
It is clear that tourist season is over, also some of my favourite places on this street has disappeared due to current economic crisis.
|This was the way back home - downhill one block.|
|I always was fascinated with this corner house|
|and its continuation on a little side street.|
Those two modern buildings are bult on place of two story wood buildings across the street from ours.
This is the next street corner.
Across from the building above is this three story building which was the newly built furniture store where my mother worked. I liked to go there because they had whole rooms on display and they were so different from the one we lived in. But mostly I liked to sit on the windowseels while waiting for my mother and watch the street. That was so much more fun than looking out the window of our room.
Turning on the same corner to the other direction I was taken for a longer walk - usually towards the church you can see at the end of the street.
This was a modern building I guess in 30-ies and still counted as modern and fancy in 50-ies. Pancake place I mentioned before is at the other end of this little street.
I was very happy to see that bending houses around the church are nicely restored.
On the way back from a walk around the church if I was lucky we would stop in shop that was in the building you see in the middle. There were candies plain and fancy, cookies, halva several different kind, pastries, cakes... I would get something very simple but I liked to see that all as a symbol of the life in different world - of the world for people who could eat whatever they desire, who were wearing fancy outfits and would not notice me.
Riga is famous for its Jugendstyle (Art Nouveau) buildings. This one is particularly important as an example of national romanticism at the beginning of 20th century (architect Eizens Laube).
Couple more pictures from the same area for my friends who wanted to see the architecture in Riga.