Merry Christmas from Riga!
|House of the Black Heads|
We've seen several large decorated trees around Old Town as we've walked the small area. The trees are beautiful, but in between there aren't a lot of lights.
I know that there is usually a large Christmas market in Dom Square which is about two blocks from our house. The square is usually bursting with small huts where vendors are selling lots of goodies and mulled wine, plus the Christmas decorations that tourists like.
We did witness that last year when we were in Riga on January 8 to search for an apartment. This year it's completely bare except for the large tree in front of the Cathedral.
Since daylight hours are from 9:00 to 3:45 at this time of the year, Christmas lights are very important to Latvians. We haven't seen the sun at all since our return since it's always gloomy and rainy here.
|Riga City Hall|
When we returned, we heard that the restrictions for the virus control were much stricter than when we left. As a result, everything is closed here except the grocery stores and pharmacies. It will be a strange Christmas indeed.
|A quick walk in the park|
We've been quarantined for 10 days from our arrival, except for fresh air that we can get during walks in deserted spaces. That's not hard to find since the streets are pretty much empty.