18.7.13

Discovering Valmiera in Latvia and Karula National Park in Estonia

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).


All in all we had a long amusing day together: mom and I got to shop like real madwomen and E. had the great honour to carry everything we bought (luckily my car was close by, haha). I also re-recognized that you don't have to go far to uncover something beautiful and unique. Sometimes the nearest environment simply is the best environment. So I hope you enjoyed my half Latvian half Estonian photos and of course let me know what you think because I always love hearing your thoughts!

46 comments:

  1. It sounds like such a lovely trip dear Maiken! And you and your fiance you look so adorable together!:)
    And of course you made some awesome purchases as always;)
    I love btw your beige gladiator sandals - super cute!

    Xx

    Alexandra

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  2. You know - and I mean this as nothing but the most sincere compliment - before I began reading your blog, although I knew of Estonia, Latvia and the surrounding countries, it never occurred to me to visit them. Since I began following along with your adventures, the temptation to visit becomes more and more strong all the time! It looks like you had such a wonderful time in Latvia, and picked up some wonderful things, too - I can't wait to see that apricot-coloured sweater on you, I think the shade must be just perfect for you!
    xox,
    Cee

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  3. Honey, you have such fabulous legs, you should definitely get them out more often. If I was you, I'd be swanning around in shorts and mini skirts ALL the time. :D

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    1. well, thank you very much, dear Kristina, and to be honest I've been doing it pretty much the whole summer actually. but if only we had summer for 12 months here :)

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  4. Haha, always good to have a man there to carry your bags ;)
    Love these photos girl, always a lovely mix of location, food, and fashion! Cute print tank and your red bag looks extra bright next to it

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  5. Lovely pictures, that looks like such a pleasant trip! I love your top :)

    xx
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  6. My ex was working in Latvia for a short time, he said it was immensely cold and horrible, I don't believe him now, after I've seen your gorgeous photos.:D BTW,you look absolutely adorable in that pink top. I love blonde hair with pink ^_^

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  7. Oh my!Love it;-)
    xx
    B.
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  8. Beautiful pictures! It sounds like a nice trip!

    I really like your blog. Would you like to follow each other?

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  9. see purskkaev on tõesti üliäge! kahju, et ma ise seda ei näinud, kui see töötas. Valmiera on nii armas väike linnake, olgugi, et kui me seal käisime, oli lihtsalt jäine tuul, ja sinna tahaks kindlasti tagasi minna. õigupoolest plaanisimegi kindlasti soojal ajal ka sinna jõuda, aga praegu nagu tundub, et see ei mängi eriti välja. aga mine sa tea, ehk siiski :) see on hea lähedal, aga samas piisavalt kaugel, et tekib see mõnus tunne, et oled kuskile eemale saanud natukeseks. ja noh, toidupood on ju ka Lätis jumala win oma hindade poolest, nii et kaks ühes :D

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    1. nüüd oli toidupoes eriti chill käia, kuna euro peatse saabumise tõttu olid ka hinnad eurodes kõigi kaupade siltidele ilmunud ;) ja tõepoolest, näiteks see Valletas asuv toidupood on üks mõnus pood väga asjaliku valiku ning heade hindadega. ma tahaks ka kindlasti veel sel aastal Valmierat külastada :)

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    2. kui me novembri lõpus käisime, siis olidki kõikide kaupade siltidel hinnad juba eurodes ka. või vähemalt kõigil kaupadel, mida mina vaatasin. tegi kohe elu hoopis lihtsamaks :)

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    3. nüüd olid eurodes hinnad näiteks toidupoes ja Cubuses (ainult originaalhinnad, soodushinnad mitte), aga kõigis poodides küll mitte. kui kõik nii läheb, nagu uudistes räägitud on, peaks 2014 siis kõigisse poodidesse eurod tooma, mis on muidugi eriti mugav eestlaste jaoks :)

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  10. How fun! Any trip that includes lots of shopping is a win in my book :) And a guy that will hold your bags? Now THAT'S a keeper ;)

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  11. Looks like you had a great time! Lots of shopping with some yummy food, sounds perfect.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  12. Beautiful photos! I especially love the sprinkler rainbow!

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  13. looks like you had a wonderful time and did lots of shopping! ;) beautiful pics as always!! and i loveee your top :)

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  14. Oh that trip look so nice! & I love your outfit, the pink sweater is so coool!

    Ps : Yes it's my new kitty, my brother found it abandoned in the woods.. :(!

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  15. beautiful pictures! looks very nice!

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  16. Looks like a great trip :) beautiful pictures once again, especially the rainbow one in the fountain. I love rainbows so much. I hate butterflies and moths so the butterfly one freaked me out a little but it was an amazing photo. I really want a macro lens for my camera!

    Hailes<3

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  17. That butterfly picture is beautiful. So sharp and pretty!! I like your first outfit very much. Very summmer-like and you can (almost) never go wronh with blue. Nice sandals as well :)

    xx
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  18. What cute photos of the two of you! <3 I like the natural scenery, it's very beautiful. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog!
    Funny, I didn't see anything like Taormina on Crete. I've only seen places like this in Italy. It's nice if my pictures bring happy memories to mind.
    Oh, I've never driven an ATV, it must have been fun.

    xxx
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  19. Oh my goodness--what an exquisitely beautiful place! I'm so glad to see you post again and hear that you had a lovely time. You made some awesome purchases--what chic t-shirts; the blue patterned one is my fave. I also love your summery look with that gorgeous blue top and strappy sandals.

    Your photography is always stunning too. I love that shot of that adorable dog, the scrumptious food, and the nature! I love that I can see the rainbow in that fountain and the detail in the butterfly shot is amazing!

    Glad you enjoyed yourself despite tossing your original plan. It happens sometimes, but we learn to adapt!

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  20. Sounds like you all had a fun day. Shopping and exploring and eating good food? Sounds like a perfect day to me:) And hahah that toad is so cute. I have never seen one up close before. And ooo I really like your gladiator sandals, the neutral colors look like it goes with everything and it looks so nice with your denim shorts:) Such a pretty outfit!

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  21. Oh wow this all looks so incredible! I love when you can find amazing things nearby

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  22. This is absolutely amazing, I love learning more about Estonia, I've only had a few friends from there, but your posts makes me want to go visit more of that area. Thanks for the bday wishes sweetie. I hope you enjoy week, I am still on a bit of a holiday, mostly resting though so all is good. xxx/Madison

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  23. I have many place son my list :) and one is Latvia too :) so, it was so nice to see you went there and that you posted it here, and had fun! I loved the blue top in the first picture! And the picture where you are wearing blue, too! Also the water creating a rainbow and the butterfly! You always take so inspiring and meaningful pictures! It's beyond a plain fashion blog, and I like your blog and views so much! denisesplanet com

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  24. I agree with Denise you always take gorgeous meaningful pictures that are a joy to look at! You and E look so good together aww I'm so envious :)

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  25. great photos, I love "traveling" with you through them. you look amazing in blue and I love your shopping finds!

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  26. I love the shirts! Especially that baroque print one.

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  27. What a nice outing for you all! Shopping, exploring, eating... it sounds like my kind of vacation!

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  28. You are very beautiful.
    What about following each other?
    just let me know
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  29. You look summertime fabulous!

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  30. in love with that fab skull sweatshirt! That is going to be a Fall rockstar!
    xx
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  31. loving your photos!!

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    Kristin
    xx

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  32. Maiken, your pics are wonderful ! Love your easy casual look and the colors of your outfit, and also the natural beauties :) Kisses

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  33. You always have amazing shoots of animals and nature Maikeni! How do you do it? What a professional! ;)
    Specially loving the butterfly :)
    Btw your new tees are really cool!

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  34. maiken, your outfit is the epitome of summer! that water from the restaurant looks so refreshing. super cute elvis, under the table, with your purchases. what an awesome guy to carry all your stuff! ;) holy pretty butterfly photo and rainbow in the water. great toad pic too. you're right about sometimes not needing to go far to discover beauty. :D

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  35. Omg, that rainbow shot! Love your perfect summer outfit, the tank print is so cool. You never fail to amaze with the macro shots-- this time with the toad and butterfly. The view from the hike is phenomenal, that's crazy the place is more than 1000 years old?!

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  36. Thank you for your super support Maiken, I really appreicate it!

    xxx
    E from Helsinki
    http://dragonflyelisabeth.blogspot.fi/

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  37. perfect <3 there's nothing more to say!

    xoxoxo
    HOLYKATTA

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  38. rainbow over the fountain, what a precious sight!! how are u doing babe! seems like ure having a good time with ur loved ones :)

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  39. aw its wonderful to see pictures of you both together,gorgeous xx :)

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