Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Mangalsala's mole

That tiny line on the horizon in the first photo is a mole in Mangaļsala, which is on the right bank of Riga. That's the place where the river Daugava meets the Baltic sea. The mole that was built in 1850s, once a forbidden military territory, now is a popular spot for Latvians to bring their foreign friends as you can watch how ships enter the port or planes land and take off from the airport nearby. It is some sort of alternative to touristic Old town. And at the end of it you feel like you are in the sea as the mole is quite long - it's almost 1 km. There have been plans to turn the mole into an official touristic hot-spot with all the infrastructure but I am afraid it would just ruin this rural place.
Photos by (c) Arnis Balcus

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