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Holiday Latvia
Thu 15-Apr-10
1:23 pm
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JoannaS
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Here are my suggestions for a break in Latvia

  1. Artist/Potter – making clay items, painting on clay, weaving, making musical instruments clay drums, rain sticks that sort of thing. 3L per person for a 3 hour session
  2. Visit to a goat farm– eating goats cheese, seeing the goats and doing some traditional Latvian dancing 10-15L per group (depends on the size of the group)
  3. Visiting museums 1.50LVL per person.
  4. Turaida Castle, nr Sigulda sculpture park, castle, Latvian jewellery based on ancient Latvian designs (http://www.travelswithsheila.com/turaida-castle-mu.....at.html%29. At the moment I can’t find the prices for this but should be no more than 2-3LVLs per person.
  5. Mushroom picking and making a traditional Latvian meal3L per person.
  6. Soviet and Latvian times museum, Close to the Russian border (near Aluksne), this place has been landscaped for a pretty view but also has examples of Soviet era and old Latvian tools and uniforms. Donation + 23LVLs diesel per car load (depends on what vehicles we can use)
  7. Fishing, swimming and boating in local lakes. Fishing license @ 10LVLs
  8. Visit to Gaizinkalns and Lidokalns Lidokalns is a pseudo- disney style Latvian castle/manor house. Gaizinkalns is the highest point in Latvia.
  9. Other attractions
  10. Tarzan style outdoor activity http://www.tourism.sigulda.lv/public/eng/actual_events/940/
  11. A rabbit farm with lots of different sorts of rabbits
  12. For those into nature there is nature reserve where groups can only go with a guide. This is a Ramsar Wetlands site which means it has international significance too and is highly protected and it is called the Teici Reserve .http://www.activetravellatvia.com/index.php?sectio.....section=14

Thu 15-Apr-10
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Toffeeapple
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That all looks very interesting Joanna, reasonably priced too.  Are you thinking of starting a new business? Wink

I'll try that again!

Thu 15-Apr-10
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I've just been looking at your links again, it is a beautiful country isn't it?  I like the look of the Teiči State Reserve, there should be lots of wildlife there.  The Artist potter sounds good too.  I think your friends shouldl be impressed with that kind of itinerary.

I'll try that again!

Thu 15-Apr-10
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JoannaS
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It is something I and my friends have been thinking about, they would like to build cabins on a lakeside property and this would make a really good plus to that side of things. At the moment it is a good way of experimenting and seeing how people like it. I am not sure I would want to be ferrying people about but I don't mind looking out for the various options people can choose and coming to enjoy this lovely part of the world.

Thu 15-Apr-10
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I don't think I'd want to be ferrying people either but I have to say that I hadn't realized quite what the country was like - I'm amazed by it in fact.  It seems like Utopia, except for the snow.

I'll try that again!

Fri 16-Apr-10
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It is lovely and even the snow isn't too bad as we can still get around and it is not usually wet slushy stuff but dry crunchy stuff that isn't slippy. I hardly even needed my Trax for walking on ice this year despite the cold temperatures.Cheers

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