The Lions Gate

Swedish Gate Riga

The Lions Gate Wandering through Old Town, you’ll find the area lends itself to a small city feel. With few exceptions, you can get lost in the small tunnels and alleys and back passages leading in all different directions. And as busy as it gets with other tourists and foreigners, there are always opportunities where… Continue reading

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Gostinyi dvor

The term Gostinyi dvor (Гостиный двор), literally translated as “guest court” or “merchant yard”, defines a Russian indoor market or shopping center. These types of structures originated around the 15th and the 16th centuries, and they were originally squares or galleries where merchants came together and managed their businesses. These places evolved into bigger buildings… Continue reading

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Leningrad – The Russian rock band that holds nothing back

Leningrad live

If there is one Russian music group that dares to push the bounds of social propriety, it is Leningrad. Founded in 1997 by Sergey Shnurov, they’ve been winding up the political elites of Russia since then. The former Mayor of Moscow even banned them playing in the city for a while. Their reputation, or perhaps… Continue reading

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