Monday, July 15, 2013

My beautiful Riga Vol. 1

Decided to start a new section on my blog because my city really is beautiful. Just some images with street names. 

These ones were taken on my way to Andrejsala on Ausekļa Street.

Ticket To Heaven

As I am scouting around Riga these days to discover and check out the new (maybe just for me) places to bring my friends to when they will come visiting in the next months I have to point out couple of recent finds.

EcoCatering's terrace called TELPA where you can rave through their abundant and delicious organic food buffet just for 5 lats (which is approximately 7 euros). A perfect hide-away place for a hot summer day when you're tired of the sun and crowds. On Wednesdays they organize jazz evenings, then it is recommended to make a reservation.

And yet another great place I discovered today is a bustaurant (haha) called Ticket to Heaven which is situated on the banks of our river Daugava in front of the yacht club and port of Riga in Andrejsala. According to the concept of the development of this area it is going to face a lot of changes in the coming years. Hopefully TTH will not have to move anywhere though it should not be a problem for them as they are quite mobile having four wheels :)


Andrejsala brings together this creative vibe with glamourous lounge bars along the riverside. Will see how this concept works in the future and will check out the posh places as well soon enough. 

Conclusion of today - my city is so damn beautiful! Inspired!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

I received this lovely book recently by post as a surprise gift from my Luxembourg's colleague and friend. Real inspirational source and treat for the eyes. It has seasonal division as well as chapters written on specific sorts of flowers.
One of them is on carnations. Some time ago I was thinking that the beauty of these flowers at least for a Latvian person is totally underestimated due to the Soviet regime as red carnations along with red tulips were symbolic flowers of communism and therefore they tend to bring up this association but when I abstracted myself from this fact and took a proper look at this flower I was amazed by its fineness and beauty. 
The history of this flower heads back more than 2000 years ago when it was given a name "Dianthus" by a Greek botanist and philosopher Theophrastus. The name combines words "dios" and "anthos" meaning God's flower. Carnation has a very impressive history being a flower of countless Renaissance paintings, worn by Oscar Wilde on his lapel and becoming a cult in Edwardian England.
So I guess it is time to give it another chance and have it decorating my dinner table more often.

Here are some inspirational photos for flower arrangements with this majestic flower. Apparently carnation is a very popular flower for table arrangements due to its hardiness as well.