Riga - Impressive Art Nouveau

Riga is a lively city with lots of things to do and is especially known for its Art Nouveau architecture.  We set off down Elizabetes iela to a residential neighborhood with a high concentration of Art Nouveau styling.  Giant heads adorned this colorful blue building.

Unfortunately, we timed our walk poorly and it was lashing rain.
We did our best to stay dry in raincoats and umbrellas as we checked out the various buildings on the block.
More faces emerged from the facades.
Whole bodies bore the load of the structures.
We looked up at a bay window with a devilish head below.
A more sedate Art Nouveau building by a Latvian architect was next on the list.
We paused to check out a memorial that included a fragment of the Berlin Wall.
Continuing on, the houses took on a decidedly more French style with squared off roofs and wrought iron railings.
The ghoulish details were impressive.
Continuing on, we admired white buildings with gold leaf decoration.
More colorful facades emerged.
An almost Art Deco robot face popped from the building next door.
Busty ladies adorned the exterior of another nearby apartment block.
Grotesque faces stared agog from pillars.
We even spotted the Irish Embassy in one of the Art Nouveau buildings!
Sneering faces framed the door of a building on Alberta iela.
Floating heads dotted the structure below.
Both faces and winged dragons stood in relief from a stark white building.
A yellow sports car was parked out front indicating the poshness of the neighborhood.
A nearby building had grayed with age.
We concluded our tour by admiring two dragons back to back over the door of a nice apartment building.
Since it was cold and rainy, we decided to call it an afternoon and seek out a drink and a snack.
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