04.07.2012 - 04.07.2012 20 °C
4th July Tallinn Estonia, to Riga Latvia.
I have been told in no uncertain terms, by daughter #1 that I have omitted to regale the food delicacies of Russian cuisine. We did of-course eat borsch at times and stroganoff which were pretty nice in some places. Also had our fair share of pickled herring, duck, tongue and rabbit. This is summer remember and after sitting in the car for the day we have often been happy enough with salads and lighter meals. We have even had Russian sausage at a German restaurant. So how’s that? We have finally got the Garmin to do its thing for Europe which will be great, trial run today down the Estonian Coast to Riga. We start the day with bad news that the Daimler has been broken into while parked at the carpark down the road. Ours is there also, as are the two Land Cruisers. Don’t find out till later that they also have had the same treatment. We think we are somehow immune but alas we are to discover that the BMW has had an attempt to push in the lock on the driver’s door, but luckily to no avail. We feel extremely lucky that we have escaped the burglars. We have the morning to ourselves and have another look at this cute ‘old city’, have yet another coffee and cake , before setting off down the coast to Latvia and ending up in Riga. The countryside was lovely with the woods brushing the coastline and good smooth roads. Mind you didn’t get in till 7pm, so a quick shower and out to eat. Found the best outdoor place in the old square and had a fab meal of Ribs, and Kebabs. Who cares what country you are in if the food is good. There was also a band playing and a female singer which was up there with the best. I must say that Tallinn was overrun with tourists. Mostly from Cruise Ships. Everywhere you looked there were people with maps in their hands looking for direction. Mike wanted to add that now we are out of Russia, the wine and beer has changed price. We quite liked cheap local Russian beer and the Chilean wines were ok too. But now things have changed, we might be on water!! But not tonight. What we have seen of Riga’s old city area, where our hotel is, pleases us. It is quite late when we hit the sack and of course it is still light.