Riga - Day Trip to the Beach at Jūrmala

We would never have guessed prior to attending the Latvia v USA beach volleyball match at the 2012 Olympics, but Latvia has beaches!   We made our way to the train station on a Sunday morning past ornate buildings housing a variety of businesses.

The train station facade was a thoroughly modern design and we could see the older sections of Riga reflected in the mirrored windows.
In less than an hour, we had arrived in Jūrmala, a Latvian beach town.
We strolled down the main avenue along with other weekend city-breakers from Riga.
We passed striking statues.
Various kiosks sold an array of gifts.
We turned off the shopping street toward the water.
We spotted an amazing tree soaring toward the blue sky.
When we arrived on the sand, clouds began to gather.
We sat for a few moments on a bench overlooking the Bay of Riga.
A man was creating larger-than-life sculptures in the sand not far away.
We practically had the place to ourselves.
We watched the waves rolled in as we were buffeted about in the strong gusts of wind.
We walked along the beach and then back towards town past the blue flag flying high as a designation of quality.
We passed an aging concert hall...
...a living clock...
...and striking restaurants made from wooden slats.
We returned to the shopping street past small souvenir shacks.
A modern home hid itself among the trees.
We came upon a strip of restaurants and looked for a bite to eat.
We took a seat outdoors at Cafe 53.
After our walk, a Latvian beer was in order.
We tried lobio (a dish of stewed beans and tomatoes) smothered in sour cream and dill.
A creamy barley dish served in a pot rounded out the experience and warmed us up after our walk on the beach.
We spotted a local fat cat eyeing people's meals.
He soon turned his attention to us but we'd lapped up all our food at that point and were ready to move on.  Sorry, kitteh!

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