Cat On a Hot Tin Roof in Riga

Ok, I promised you more news about the Riga Cats…….well here is the famous one, on the turret of a medieval mustard-colored house, re-modeled with Art Nouveau. It is right across the square from the Guild House. The roots of the Guild House began with the Holy Spirit Guild, Riga’s first established brotherhood, in the…

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #84 : Narrow

I’m joining the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week for the first time. Amy, from The World is a Book has chosen Narrow as our theme…… First a narrow street and tunnel in Stockholm………… This sculpture was on board the Seven Seas Explorer……it looks like an angel to me with a very narrow waist………hopefully my new…

Sixish On Saturday:Say It With Flowers

or maybe a stroll in the park………. I couldn’t help myself. I had to show more of beautiful Riga, Latvia. The city has turned the OLD MOAT, that surrounded the medieval historic area, into a beautiful little waterway that meanders through the city. The walkways are large on either side and the parks are well…

Thursday Doors: The Medieval Riga, Latvia

In 1201, Riga was a small port town. From the 13th century to the 15th century Riga grew, as one of the key centers of the Hanseatic League, (towns with German ties that functioned with independent political power)  Because of their valuable trading and cultural routes Riga flourished and led the way in current trends…

Riga, Latvia:Town Hall Square; Domes and Steeples

We are in the Town Hall Square and these gothic structures are going to give us our first glimpse of Riga’s architecture and style. There are many churches, domes and steeples to study, but today I am going to show the most prominent and the must-sees in Riga. I hope you have brought good walking…

Weekly Smiles: The Valentine Edition

Last summer, on our cruise on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer, we celebrated our anniversary……….The butler and staff surprised us by decorating our room and  making these delightful little cakes………… They were in our room when we came back from our excursion. That put a smile on our faces that I can still remember! Our…

Six On Saturday: Sleuthing in Riga, Latvia

Good Morning SOS’ers! I hope you have been following us along at our stop in Riga! There is so much to see and do here! It’s like being in a fairytale! My photos for today come from just one of the restaurants/garden areas and I’m going to call this one Stonehenge! Scattered all around Riga…

Thursday Doors in Riga, Latvia

There are many layers to Riga, Latvia………There is the economic layer, with the bright and shiny new buildings across the river from the Medieval Village, where the cobblestones and ramparts can still be seen. There is the old moat, now filled with water, dividing a beautiful, tranquil park into left bank and right, in the…

Riga, Latvia: First, The Bus View

It was a beautiful, sunny and warm day, when we debarked from the ship to get a look at Riga! We have a full day ahead so let’s get started! The bus is going to take us around the streets of Riga first, so we can get a feeling for the city and it’s Art…

Weekly Smiles: It’s Like Valentines’s Day Here!

I’ve been decorating for Valentine’s Day! Foo-fooing my home for the holidays always puts a smile on my face………….I like to add something here, a little something there, and voila it’s a holiday! This is the little kitchen cupboard…… See anything different about it since Christmas? Yes, I’ve added a nest and put little pie…

Six On Saturday In My Own Back Yard

Good Morning SOS’s and Happy Saturday! Today, as promised, I am showing my garden in January and my Christmas Amaryllis! The Featured Photo was when the “A” was just blooming and look at it now! I’ve had to prop it up and tie it together! When I go out I am always checking the neighbor’s…

Weekly Smile: Cookin’ and Cruzin’

I’m up early, this overcast Monday morning, preparing vegetables to make a Vegetable Beef Soup. Now, there is nothing wrong with a good beef soup……….I like cutting up the fresh vegetables and browning the beef and adding the spices and letting it simmer all day. Then into the fridge it goes, because most soups and…

Helsinki Calls!

We’ve been on a Cultural Walk of the city and I have to say I have been quite impressed with all the activities here! We’re headed to some different avenues now, walking down wide, wide boulevards, that are as spotless as I have ever seen in any city! We’re coming to a big mound of…

Six On Saturday: The Helsinki Edition

Good morning SOS’s! If you’ve been following along we’ve been in Helsinki on a Cultural Walk! As we got around the neighborhoods we also saw  beautiful flowers and trees. Let’s look at those today! This arrangement on the path, just placed here for everyone to enjoy, is a good choice of color and texture, don’t…

Beautiful Helsinki; Let’s Take a Walk!

In my last post I was coming back from Porvoo to meet up with hubby in Helsinki. So, today’s photos are what I  missed when hubby went on his tour and I went on mine. He took a walking tour of Helsinki. There is a lot to see and he took oodles of photos so…