Riga is the capital and the biggest city in the Republic of Latvia. Furthermore, Riga is the biggest city in the Baltic state and, with a population of 671,000, is home to one-tenth of the people of the Baltic state. The city of Riga was founded in 1201. The city’s historical center is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the 19th-century Art Nouveau and Jugendstil wooden architecture.
Also, in 2014 Riga was named the European Capital of Culture. Furthermore, the city received 1.4 million visitors in 2016. Riga is humid, and the coldest month is January, with an average temperature of -5. However, the temperature can drop to -25 on the coldest days. The autumn seasons are rainy and foggy due to the proximity to the sea (Baltic Sea and Riga Golf). The summers in Latvia are hard to find, one of the hardest things to see. Many locals call it Green Winter. In all seriousness, the summers in Latvia are mild and rainy, with an average temperature of 18 degrees.
The photos in the article were taken using the Nikon FE2 and the Nikon 20mm f2.8 together with Lomography Lady Gray ISO 400 black and white film. My favorite film brand is Lomography, and Lady Grey 400 is my second favorite film; my favorite film is the Berlin Kino 400. Lady Grey 400 is a straightforward film that produces smooth images. The film can be pushed or pulled with excellent results. For these images, I used the film at its native ISO of 400. However, I have experimented with excellent outcomes using the film at ISO 250. Lomography Lady Grey is not a contrasty or sharp film, however, it has a unique look that keeps photographers coming back for more of that classic nostalgic look that fits Latvian weather.
The Freedom monument “Mirdzi kā zvaigzne!” (“Shine like a star!”) sculptor Karlis Zale; honor soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence (1918-1920). The monument is an important symbol of Latvia’s freedom, independence, and sovereignty. The forty-two meter statue is a focal point of Riga’s public gatherings and official ceremonies. Latvian Prime Minister Zigfrids Anna Meierovics first thought of the monument, and its construction began at the beginning of 1930
The Freedom Monument, a symbolic woman, holds three stars symbolizing Latvia’s three historical regions, Vidzeme, Kurzeme, and Latgale. The monument survived many attempts of demolition by the Soviets during the Soviet occupation from 1940-1989. A Soviet sculptor named Vera Mukhina is credited with rescuing the monument. The sculptor believed that the memorial had great artistic value.
The Riga canal is a picturesque part of the city. The boats used for the tours hold a unique historical design. The oldest of them, “Darling,” is hundred years old, whereas the other three – “Maria,” “Rebeka,” and “Laima” – have been built as their replicas. Their unique design and slow pace in the waters of the Riga Canal will allow you to get to know the most popular places in Riga.
I first came to this city in June 2010 and felt at home in the beautiful streets and the old street cars (Trams), which are my favorite. I am originally from a tropical island in the Caribbean, surrendering the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. That place is called Puerto Rico, where it is never cold, however, this piece of ice caught my heart, and since 2015 I have made it my home. Riga is full of incredible places. Please put it on your bucket list. We can go around and take photos of this remarkable place
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