Posts Tagged ‘UNESCO’

Tears of rain over Riga

I just got an email from the hotel booking company kindly telling me about the wonderful things I can do in Riga. They also delivered a weather forecast: rain, rain, rain and last day a little sun. I guess we have to book into a spa, try the great gym and pool, put the trench on for a walk in the rain (as we always tend to do when we are at a birthday holiday…) and of course we have to do some shopping too. I am a little disappointed since I packed for sunnies and mini shorts.

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Riga, Latvia

More than ten years has gone by since I visited Riga, the art noveau capital of Baltic Latvia. Now we have booked a trip there next weekend. I feel excited. I don’t now what my boyfriend feel.
At first the plan was to go to Berlin, at least my plan was. His plan was a trip to Moscow. But as time passed by without any attempt of booking the choices narrowed.
We travel a lot so we tend to be on a budget most of the time when it comes to shopping holiday destinations and this time the holiday is only one week away. Today we sat down looking at potential flights. We ended up buying a cruise ticket (!), boarding on a thursday afternoon, spending the evening and night on one of Tallinks ships to Riga. We fly back on sunday. Yes, we cheat to get it cheap 🙂
I think this is a brilliant idea. We have one cosy (or party) night on the boat. Chilling. Shopping. Maybe even dancing or at least see a tacky show I hope. Have a sleep in and than go straight to the hotel to check in and go to the pool.

We have booked two night at the Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel (24 Kugu Street, Riga) with views over river Daugava and the old town, Unesco world heritage-listed. This hotel is a middle class hotel with great breakfast, according to ratings from 200 guest (4,1/5). We pay 1435 SEK (about 160 Euro) Ă  room for two nights, about half price according to hotels.com.
Last time I was in Riga I travelled with friends from my university in Tartu, Estonia. We went on a two day trip to Riga to watch the national team in Latvia playing against Sweden. To my american friend Evan’s suprice 90 minutes went by without any goals. He had never seen soccer before live and “fotball” for him was made of goal. I sang for Sweden, sitting about two (!) meters from the field. He painted Latvias flag on his cheaks and cheered for them. Today he and his wife lives in Latvia and his consul Evan K McCarthy at the US embassy.

/Miss T

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Miss T Loves…

…that seven Swedish HĂ€lsingegĂ„rdar, traditional fine decorated timber farmhouses in the northeast region HĂ€lsingland, was appointed world heritage by the UNESCO on sunday.
– This is great news! World heritage listing means the HĂ€lsingefarmhouses’ cultural heritage is saved for the future, says Barbro Holmberg (mother to Elin Nordegren och former in law to Tiger Woods), landshövding in GĂ€vleborg.
The seven farmhouses representing a zenith in craftmenship and wealth is Kristofers in Stene, GÀstgivars in Vallsta, Jon-Lars och Pallars in LÄnghed, FÄgelsjö gammelgÄrd, Los, Bommars in Letsbo och Erik-Anders in Asta.

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At Unesco’s meeting in S:t Petersburg several manmade and natural places was inscribed on the World’s heritage list. The World Heritage Committee will consider the inscription of a number of sites on the World Heritage List during its meeting from 24 June to 6 July. So far (1 july) the new sites are :

Site of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel : The Nahal Me’arot/Wadi el-Mughara Caves (Israel)
Birthplace of Jesus: the Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem (Palestine)
Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (Palau)
Cultural landscape of Bali: the Subak system as a manifestion of the Tri Hita Karana philosophy (Indonesia)
Rabat, modern capital and historic City: a shared heritage (Morocco)
Grand Bassam (Cîte d’Ivoire)
Site of Xanadu – (China)
Bassari country: Bassari, Fula and Bedik cultural landscapes (Senegal)
Pearling, testimony of an island economy (Bahrain)
Masjed-e Jamé of Isfahan (Iran)
Archaelogical Heritage of the Lenggong Valley (Malaysia)
The Landscape of Grand Pré (Canada)
Heritage of Mercury (Almdén and Idrija (Slovenia/Spain)
Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (Germany)
Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications (Portugal)
Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin (France)
Major mining sites of Wallonia (Belgium)
Decorated farmhouses of HĂ€lsingland (Sweden)
Rio de Janeiro, Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea (Brazil)
Lakes of Ounianga (Chad)
Sangha Trinational (Congo, Cameroon, Central African Republic)
Chengjiang Fossil Site (China)
Western Ghats (India)

/Miss T