So, almost exactly three long weeks ago (June 27) I, E. and my mom went to lovely Valmiera city in Latvia. It conjointly was my mother's first time there and our second time. Our previous visit took place last autumn and I wrote about it in this extra colourful post.
Without further ado, in the first place we of course conquered Valleta shopping centre and spent several very busy hours there. Mom was particularly carried away but my catch wasn't bad either. I got myself a skull pattern Stella LS sweatshirt (~€8.5), the cutest apricot shade Adrianna sweater (~€10) and an edgy Lexie top (~€10) from Cubus and accentra orchid shower gel (~€2.80) and mango-orange hand and nail cream (~€1.40) from a Douglas store. Oh, and I'm extra excited about the mysterious, today still undiscovered scents of the last two purchases!
Anyway, after all the tiring shopping we obviously sensed some serious hunger and decided to have lunch at a local pizza place called Čili Pica. Others had pizza, I didn't but my meal was still truly scrumptious and I know one day we will go back for sure. We also slightly discovered the cosy surroundings, visited a random massive thrift shop and photographed my favourite local fountain situated in Dzirnavu Lake. Valmiera is such a sweet little (actually the eighth largest in the whole country but oh well) town and as well one of the oldest towns in Latvia. But our time there was unfortunately over and therefore we had to drive back to our homeland Estonia.
Emporio Armani sunnies | thrifted New Look under-top | Link upper-top | thrifted denim cut-offs | gladiator sandals from Crete | Guess purse | Kids by Lindex sweatshirt.
Our initial plan additionally included exploring Rebäse off-road trail in Karula National Park, Valga County but the very beginning of the trail clearly was even too off-road and wild so we decided to ditch our overly enthusiastic ground plan. Instead we came across exciting Mäekonnu viewing tower in Mähkli village, Võru County that got its name from the old Mäekonnu farm.
Mäekonnu viewing tower sits atop one of the highest ranges in the Karula uplands, containing three hills: Saarikmäe, Savimäe and Kirsimäe. Together they form one of the most unique landscapes in the area. The surrounding land is home to some of Karula's oldest settlements: people have been living here and ploughing the land for more than a thousand years. The 25 meter high viewing tower certainly offered us a truly splendid panorama of the surrounding heritage culture landscape and well, high places simply seem to always attract us (but my mom - not so much, although she at least was sturdy enough to steal a swift glance at the very top).