1st of May is International Day of Labor, therefore I would like to focus on some of the Latvian TOP 50 companies. Latvijas Finieris (Latvian Plywood) provides job for more than 1500 workers, which is big number for Riga.
The factory was founded in 1873 as Latvijas Bērzs. It was producing wood materials for schools and households.
Today is Easter Sunday for Orthodox Christians. Christ is Risen!
There is an interesting phenomenon in Latvia, despite that religion is becoming weaker worldwide, religion in Latvia is getting more popular, stronger and affecting people's everyday life more than before.
On the picture: a continued bulding of new Orthodox Church in Daugavgriva. Two cupolas are still on the ground.
Vakarbuļļu peldvieta (Vakarbulli Bathing site) is the only premium beach within Riga borders.
Beach has got green flag status, which signify of clean water. Also here is a secure car parking, special places for disabled people and children. It is located in one of the most remote Riga parts called Buļļi (Bulls)
Bolderaja Beach is closer to Riga center and has the same landscape as beaches in Jurmala, but it isn't so popular. The beach is technically located in Daugavgriva area, which entirely was a military base, therefore this zone has no any resort infrastructure at all.
Piektdiena ir pirts diena (Friday is the Sauna day) I like that favourite expression of my physics teacher Jānis Lapers, because by saying this phrase, he used to let us go on Fridays earlier than any other day :) On the photo - Russian Bath in Bolderaja neighbourhood.
У Васи (Vasya's, could be understood as Basil's) is a shop and cheap bar located on Miglas iela (Foggy street), the most unpleasant street of Bolderaja neighborhood. This place is infamous for often fights, knifing and other crime.
Bolderājas Sv. Marijas katoļu baznīca (St. Maria Catholic Church in Bolderaja) is one of the few churches located in the Northern part of Riga. It was built in 1909 at the time when Bolderaja suburb became heavy industrialized area and population was rapidly increasing. The original wooden tower was blown off during autumn storm in 1969. Tower was rebuilt from metal 2 years later. Interesting fact is that this Christian church was built on money of Jewish manufacturer.
I didn't know before that Riga Pine is famous even outside of Europe. I knew that Latvian Pine tree was always exported for ship masts, but couldn't imagine that to Latin America too. Thanks to Antonio from Brazil, who commented my blog and exposured me this fact.
Cemeteries are very often overgrown with weed. Cannabis cultivation is forbidden in Latvia, but who is going to be responsible if it is growing on somebody's tomb? Picture has been taken at Bolderaja's cemetery.
Building Freeze of Orthodox church in Daugavgriva area.
due global financial crisis, Latvia is suffering from lack of money, so many buildings are being stopped now.
Hopefully building of National Library is in force.
Updated: a church building is nearly finished in spring of 2012
Daugavgrīvas tilts (Daugavgriva bridge) is a small double bridge over small river Buļļupe (Bull river) connecting Bolderaja neighbourhood to Daugavgriva area. One bridge handles railway traffic, but second is for cars, pedestrians and bicycles. The second part of the bridge was built just 6 years ago, in year 2002. Before 2002, railway bridge was multipurpose bridge for more than 50 years. BTW, is a good place for diving :)
This lake is a former quarry. Due very close location to Bolderaja Cemetery, the lake contains ptomaine which is dangerous for people. Officials do not recommend swim here, but do not forbid. So people come here anyway, because water in Bolderājas karjers (Bolderaja quarry) is much warmer than in Sea, which is less than 5km from here.
Daugavgrīvas šoseja (Daugavgrivas Highway) is a narrow but busy road, which connects North-West areas (Bolderaja and Daugavgriva) to Ilguciems and further to Riga Center. This road is one of the most dangerous in Riga. Many traffic accidents in the past led to overtaking ban on this road.
Spilves lidosta (Spilve Airport) also given as Rīga Central Airport compare to Riga West Airport. Spilve airfield start to be used during First World War. And after 15 years, in 1930s Spilve became as Riga International Airport, serving direct flights to Tallinn, Vilnius and Kaunas, which connected Riga to big cities as Helsinki, Berlin, Moscow and Warsaw. Flights were operated by Nazi Lufthansa and Soviet Aeroflot. After Second World War airport has been rebuilt and became the hub of Aeroflot. Since late 1980s Spilve Airprot serving training flights and small private airplanes due it closeness to Riga Center, which is just 5km. (Basically between Ilguciems and Bolderaja) Airport building reminds imposing soviet epoch, and is worth to be seen. See also photo of Airport Terminal made from another side.
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