Monday, August 20, 2012

Family trip

Yesterday, as I mentioned earlier, me and my family went on a day long family trip to visit some historical places in Latvia. I'm gonna take you through the photos and explain a little bit on the way. We went to the area in the first photo, it was a series of castle remains and there were lots of interesting places in those remains, you could also see the old fighting objects, also the armour. Then there was a good view towards the castle of Turaida (in this photo). It was very far though, so I had to crop the photo quite a lot. We then went to a sand art gallery. This artist collects sand from different countries/continents as a hobby, he also colors sand and creates paintings with it. This was a table covered with sand and lots of instruments, everyone was free to draw on it using the different instruments to get the experience of drawing with sand. Obviously my brother was glued to this for at least 15 minutes straight. We then went to some quite old caves. They were very big (for Latvia) and the rock is quite soft (obviously not squishy, but compared to other types of rock) so during the years people have scribbled stuff in the cave.  As you can see, some of the writings are quite old. This one dates back to 1836, almost 200 years old! Some writings are at the very top of the cave which makes us wonder how they got there, haha.  We then went to kind of a nature park with old houses where you could see how the latvians (and different indigenous minorities that lived in Latvia) used to live a loooong time ago. This is just a random photo I took at the entrance of this place. There were lots houses, each for a different use; bathing house, fish house, etc.. The nature was so nice there! Couldn't help but take a photo of the trees, they fascinated me because everywhere I see trees, the grass/ground around it is messy and bushy but here they took good care of it and it looks so nice, haha. It's these little things that excite me sometimes! Some Livonian (one of the minorities that used to live in Latvia - their language was sort of a mix of Estonian/Finnish) jewellery and coins. We finished our visit at the castle of Turaida, the one you could see from very far in one of the first few pictures. It's 800 years old remains, it was quite interesting but at this point my brother was so tired from the trip that I took him to the car with me :D.


  1. I'd love to go to those places haha
    luck you!


  2. Very interesting. But, I just want to let you know it's My family and I. It's more polity to say, some way of politeness :)!!

  3. Awwwww, I would have loved to see some of the old houses!! They fascinate me!! I just love them!!

  4. wow, Latvia is a beautiful country! :)