Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Riga markets

Hi everyone

I did mention that our Riga trip was initially planned to take in some Christmas markets & it certainly had a few of those

 Gluwein & other lovely hot drinks made with the local Riga Balsam drink


All streets lead to pretty squares ...













Lots of local Amber in 3 colours -orange, green or yellow ...






Award winning (according to the stall holder) wines that  I was encouraged to taste ...



Witch puppets from the forests ...


Angels in all shapes & forms ...


Welcoming streets lit by lights ...


Many of the markets had delicious food & hot drinks 



Hot mulled wine or gluwein



A bustling market with carol singers ...


Pork pies ...


Cakes & biscuits in nearby shops


What impressed us most was how much homemade things were on the markets - there is still a strong tradition of hand knitted items - gloves, scarves, socks etc as well as a lot of wooden items like spoons, boards etc.  We did not see as much commercialisation of Christmas as we have it, it seemed to be more organic & original. I would have loved to peek inside some of the homes we passed to see how they decorate & set up their tree ...

I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse in to Latvian life with me, thank you for stopping by & taking the time to read & comment.
Dee ~♥~

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