Monday, February 16, 2009


Literally Over the Daugava, the left (and cheaper) bank of the river - and the best view of Old Riga you'll get without first taking a lift twenty floors up.

The Victory Memorial is Pārdaugava's Soviet-built response to the Old Town's Freedom Monument. Seventy-nine metres high, with statues of Mother Russia and machine gun wielding Red Army soldiers, it's hardly the most subtle reminder of Latvia's status post-1945. Two locals even attempted to blow it up in the late 1990s, though the only things they succeeded in exploding were themselves.

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