This is a city that I would definitely visit again. There just wasn't enough time to explore everything I wanted to explore. There was a marathon happening in the city on the day we visited and we weren't able to use the bus system which cut our touring time drastically.
Our first destination was the Vasa Museum, where a 17th century warship at the bottom of the sea is now inside a museum. These pictures are NOT of the Vasa Museum. I think every single tour bus was at the Vasa Museum this day. There was a 2 hour wait when we got there ... we decided to tour Stockholm instead. These pictures are of the Danish Renaissance palace turned into the Nordic Museum located right next door to the Vasa Museum. We didn't go inside here either, because our 5 kids would rather not see 5 centuries of traditional Swedish lifestyle.
The Royal Dramatic Theater is pictured on the left. I took this picture when the tram stopped and opened it's doors. It isn't the best picture, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity I was presented because the building is beautiful.
just a side note ... to bypass getting a visa to enter Russia we had to do excursions through our cruise. We usually do not do excursions because we like the freedom we have otherwise, especially when it comes to taking pictures. I am so sad that we weren't able to explore more and get the perfect shot. If you google these sights you can find some amazing pictures, I highly suggest doing so in order to get a better feel of what it is suppose to look like, especially St. Isaac's Cathedral.
Church of the Savior on Blood
(also known as the Church of Spilt Blood)
Walking down this little canal you turn around and you see this amazing church
This little statue/fountain is across the street from the Market Square. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to visit the Market because we were a little lost trying to catch the tram in the right direction.
These are just some shots we took while walking around Riga trying to find the TI (tourist information center). I love the little side streets, the rod iron on the windows and the door to the Cathedral. I love all the details that are everywhere.