In January 2007 we made our third visit to the Latvian capital of Riga and on 28th January we took a ride to the nearby seaside resort of Jurmala…
We walked along the frozen shore and enjoyed every minute of kicking through snow and picking our way along tracks made of ice. None of us had seen a beach frozen solid before and none of us had walked on water before either.
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Posted in Beaches, Europe, History, Latvia, Natural Environment, Postcards, Russia, Travel, World Heritage
Tagged Baltic Sea, Culture, Jurmala, Latvia, Life, Riga, Skyline Bar, Winter
Winter Log Pile – Hallstatt, Austria
The village is set on piles driven into the lake with an intricate system of intersecting timber ramps, butresses and ascending terraces like hanging gardens creating an air of mystery and the eeriness of mirage, a village that seems to be almost lost in the middle-mist of folklore and fable. The mountain flanks rise sheer from the lake, leaving no room for a road and all but the smallest of vehicles are prohibited from entering the centre of the village. We walked through streets with houses sometimes built into the mountain, sometimes hanging on to the mountain and at other times on top of the mountain and on the other side they were built right up to the edge of the lake.
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Posted in Austria, History, Natural Environment, Travel
Tagged Edelweiss, Hallstatt, Lake Halstättersee, Lake Traunsee, Life, Photography, postaday, Salzburg, Seasons, Winter