From the recent flying visit to Riga I posted a few of the photos in black and white as the light was quite challenging and I just couldn’t get the colours to come out the way I wanted. However, there were some exceptions to this, included here.
The buildings on the left of the picture make up part of Riga’s central market which I had a quick look around. The market (both in these buildings and the surrounding streets) was huge and there were so many things I wanted to buy – mainly honey and fruit – but with only hand luggage I had to resist.
Opposite the building where I had my meeting. The Leica shop. No purchases this time…maybe one day.
An alternative self-portrait.
From the limited amount of the city I saw, Riga was anything but cultural vacuum!
This week I had to go to Riga for work. I was only in the city for a little over 24 hours so I didn’t get to explore as much as I would have liked, but here are a few shots from wandering to and from my hotel.
It’s not difficult to see why the centre of Riga is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Like many other cities across Europe, Costa Coffee is becoming ever present.
Another city with a lovers padlocks bridge, much like the one in Paris on a smaller scale.
Riga seems like a fascinating city, I will hopefully go back at some point soon to explore properly.
While at the Festival of Lights in Berlin recently I took the opportunity to play with the light a little with some interesting results.
The light projectors themselves created interesting patterns in the sky.
Berlin is a great city to explore at any time of the year, but recently we were there for the Festival of Lights, and got to see the city as the leaves turned golden and autumn appeared.
The Ampelmann, the little man on the traffic lights of East Berlin has become a symbol for the city, so much so that there are several stores dedicated to it, and even a cafe.
Like most capital cities, Berlin is full of markers of history – the photograph below shows the Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe.