5.11.13

There's something about Valmiera

Well hello, November!
Our first Saturday of November was rather busy. The last autumn leaves needed raking, our garden had to be prepared for once arriving snow and winter, some laundry had to be done and... my October purchases eventually had to be photographed! It was a sunny morning so I grabbed my fresh bits and pieces, took Elvis and did what I had to do. Completed the busy day with a nice workout accompanied by the coolest show ever - The Vampire Diaries. But hey, I'm actually here to tell you about our third trip to Valmiera in Latvia! The first one took place on October 10, 2012 and you can read about it here and the second visit derives from June 27, 2013; you can see all about it here.

Anyway, it was October 19, we were with my parents and for starters felt the sinful need to enjoy some McDonald's time in Tartu. Our next stop was Rieteklis Juniper which is the largest juniper in the Baltic states. Its circumference is respectable 2.7 m and the juniper is named in honour of the poet Rieteklis who used to live and spend his spare time in the area.

Rieteklis Juniper

It was such a scenic and peaceful place and places like that always fill my heart with pure joy. But what as well brings me joy is... (drumroll) shopping and that's exactly what we did when we had arrived in Valmiera. My personal purchases were modest: a necklace with silver leaves (circa 6€) from Cubus and the sweetest Hello Kitty pajamas (circa 11€) from Lindex children's section. The bigger piles on the other hand contain eatable and drinkable things which, by the way, in Latvia are generally cheaper than in Estonia.


Anyway, after shopping we did some sightseeing and discovered some unfamiliar spots in cosy Valmiera. For instance I was extra determined to see the narrow-gauge railway bridge that was built over the spectacular 460 km long Gauja River in 1912. In 1969 this specific Ainaži-Valmiera-Smiltene railway line was closed and the bridge is now a popular pedestrian bridge. Besides, it looks really cool and even kind of retro!

Gauja River
Prada sunnies | thrifted wool scarf from 1986 | Klementi trench coat (used to be mom's) | Guess leather 
gloves | Lindex pants | Chillin accessories boots.


And last but not least came a rather unexpected visit to the Dikli Palace Hotel gourmet restaurant where I picked batter rabbit with goat cheese strudel and rose hip sauce. Mom took quail with chestnut puree, vegetables and horseradish sauce and our men chose pike perch fillet with grilled pumpkin, seafood, carrot butter sauce and green pea puree. It was a delightful experience but I'm probably an overly traditional girl who doesn't know a thing about gourmet food. Instead I love my chicken, salmon, fresh salads and occasionally my burgers and french fries and spaghetti and meatballs. But I also love diversity and new knowledge in every field. What are your views when it comes to food, gourmet and regular?

By the way, Dikli Palace's Neo-Gothic manor house was built in 1896 and the Palace was approved as an architectural monument of national significance in 1998. It is also known for its unique collection of more than 20 fireplaces and tile stoves. Therefore certainly a place worth coming back, in my long imaginary list!

up right and down left my meal
up left mom's meal and down left men's meal

All in all it was a really eventful and positively diverse day and I hope you, guys, enjoyed everything through my photos and stories as much as I did in real life. Next time I will show you what I got from kind Born Pretty Store who sent me three fabulous items to review. I'm excited and I hope you are too, even a little! So see you in my next post!

32 comments:

  1. Maiken,

    Your pictures are gorgeous as always. I am amazed that you got to try so many amazing foods I would love to do that!! I rarely leave my comfort zone when it comes to food so when I read you tried rabbit with goat cheese strudel and rose hip sauce it was mind-blowing. This is on my to do list btw!! *trying exotic foods*

    Your finds are always amazing!! Loving the PJ's an the necklace!!

    Enjoyed reading your post pretty girl!!

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  2. You always go to the coolest places and get the best mix of photos! Love the yummy food shots, and wow, sounds like some interesting selections!
    Haha, fantastic navy coat too, I love how classy it is :)

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  3. Wow, the scenery does look amazing *_* I love places like these too, they feel so serene and peaceful!
    Haha, I'm not much of a gourmet foodie myself. Gimme a steak and I'm happy :D

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  4. place seems really amazing!! Lovely outfit and very pretty photos! :)

    http://myglossyaffair.blogspot.in/

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  5. Seems like an awesome trip. I'm not familiar with the city of Valmiera, but it's always interesting to see - and especially visit- less known places. It indeed looks really peaceful and from your pics, as you said, you succeed to capture a vintage vibe. Really love that palace btw.
    Sweet Kitty jammies btw :D
    Oh, and I'm not much of a foodie. I like simple stuff like salmon and something on the side (no wonder that I started to take a liking for sushi in Japan). Besides, I'm allergic to many things so I'm not really exploring with food XD.

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    1. well, if you maybe have been to an Estonian town called Viljandi then Valmiera and Viljandi are twin towns so they're obviously quite similar. both worth visiting by the way, if you haven't done it yet ;) gosh and I want salmon now. or chicken. anything yummy actually! :D

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  6. I always love seeing the little adventures that you go on, Maiken - living in Canada there aren't very many places that are close enough to visit just for the day so I must admit it makes me envious but I also love discovering new places through your blog. Valmeira looks just gorgeous! And as for gourmet food, well... my husband is a chef but my tastes are fairly simple. Nothing makes me happier than a bowl of pasta with butter and parmesan cheese!
    xox,
    Cee

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  7. hey maiken, that river is picturesque! very interesting about the juniper & the trunk of it. your photos look like postcards. isn't it interesting how one place prices are less than another? i don't know if i've ever had gourmet food. i[m a very particular picky eater. those meals look very fancy.

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  8. oh jumal milline nostalgia mul tuleb selle nahktagiga, mis su isal seljas on :D *kihistab plikalikult naerda* aga väga armas uus kaelakee ja su hello kitty vaimustus on ka juba lege vaikselt :D mis puutub toitu, siis ma olen selles osas väga avatud ja just see on mind piltlikult öeldes sõidutanud sellisesse imelisse maailma, kuhu ma iial poleks osanud sattuda. nii et toitu ma armastan, just uusi ja huvitavaid kogemusi selles suhtes. aga selleks on vaja avatud meelt, mida mul nii viis aastat tagasi nii väga ei olnud, aga nüüd mind isegi ajab vahepeal veits vihale, kui inimesed virisevad, et mingi asi on rõve vms, aga ise pole samas kunagi proovinudki. minu kogemus on näidanud, et isegi kui ühe korra ei maitse, siis tasub natuke aega mööda lasta ja siis uuesti proovida. mitmed minu praegused lemmikud toidud-maitsed on alguses mulle väga vastumeelsed olnud :)

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    1. hmm, ütlen ausalt, et minul igasugune nostalgia puudub :P ilmselt see pole piisavalt vana, et ma seda mäletaks? igatahes, sulle ainult tundub, et mul see vaimustus on :D see pidžaama võinuks vabalt olla kas Simpsonite, päkapikkude või Käsna-Kalledega kaetud, aga peale Hello Kitty polnud midagi ning nii hea hinnaga naljalt 2-osalist komplekti ei leia. et jah, täielik kokkusattumus, ausalt ka! :D
      kui nüüd toidust rääkida, siis mina ilmselt nii avatud meelega pole... kobras, hirv ja part on vist minu tipp olnud. ja ega ma väga ei kibele igasuguseid (kahtlaseid) asju proovima, sest on teatud komponendid, mis meeldivad nii väga, et tahan neid ikka ja jälle uuesti süüa ning jätan uute asjade proovimise seetõttu vahele. kuigi! sel sügisel avastasin esimest korda elus enda jaoks punapeedi, jee! :D

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    2. see jakk oli päris algselt Martti oma, seega minu nostalgia pärineb sellest ajast kui ma 14 olin ja Martti 16 ja tal siis see jakk seljas ja soni peas oli ja me ikka õhtuti häbelikult käest kinni sordi teed mööda jalutamas käisime :D oh oli aegu ammuseid, eks ole...

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    3. :D aww, nii nunnu! aga tead, kui juba sonist juttu tegid, siis mul tuli kohe kõik meelde! nimelt on mul 2006. aasta aprillist pärinevaid Kodaveres tehtud pilte Marttist, soni peas, see sama tagi seljas, lavašš näpus ja pikavõitu "soeng" möllamas. olid ajad tõesti :D

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  9. The food looks so yummy! And love the hello kitty, so cute!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  10. Beautiful! I love the necklace and the juniper! The gourmet restaurant looks very elegant and the food looks delicious! I think gourmet meals should be saved for special occasions, as I'm sure this was! What a wonderful blog post, all in all!

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

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  11. Um if that first sandwich is from McDonald's, then WOW. That surpasses anything that would ever come out of a McDonald's here. Seems like a perfectly breezy day for visiting such gorgeous sites :)

    Mili from Call me, Maeby

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    1. well, it totally is/was from McDonald's and let me tell you it tasted just great! it was a Mexican burger by the way, so rather spicy too ;)

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  12. It seems you have been busy, and the photos are a joy to view. The images of the Guja River are so lovely. I love gourmet food so these images just make my mouth water! :-) Have a wonderful weekend./Madison

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  13. love your coat and that awesome leaf necklace! can't believe you made the pic of McDonald's food look so delicious. you're a great photographer!

    http://spinning-threads.blogspot.com

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  14. I'll basically eat (or at least try) anything so I'd love to sit down with you and had a bite to eat.:D But I was really shocked about that juniper!! 2.7 m?!?!?! That's a HUGE juniper!! My nephew's name is juniper in Slovene so I'm extra excited to see this monster of a bush.:) And I like your necklace too, a lot! I can't believe how inexpensive it was, usually these things cost a small fortune! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, babe.;)

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  15. Dear Maiken first of all what a beautiful nature photos! I always love your shots of nature world. The second what caught my eye is that delicate a bit boho but very chic necklace! and wait a helicopter...what?!:)))))

    Have a great sunday dear!

    Xx

    Alexandra

    www.fashion-bridge.blogspot.com

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  16. Amazing pics! So great:)

    http://theprintedsea.blogspot.de/

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  17. Valmiera is such a beautiful place! I LOVE the Gauja River view :) And your new feather necklace looks so cool.

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  18. You always look so beautiful and with so many interesting things to report! I loved the trench coat and the view of Valmiera! I loved when you post about trips! After reading about the bridge and seing the river, wow, I would love to go there! The necklace picture is also very cool, I like jewellery very much! It seems you had loads of fun and this is great - life should be this way! I hope to reading about your new "adventures" soon! denisesplanet com

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  19. Wow... would love to visit one day!!!! Your blog is so interesting, I look forward to your next post!!!

    xoxo, Kerynn
    MangoRabbitRabbit.blogspot.com
    5 min FILLING chicken salad

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  20. Oh, I'm swooning at the quaint scenery. What a gorgeous bucolic place! Sounds like you've been very busy, but I'm glad you got the chance to update! Your simple fall look is too chic--I love the peek of the cozy orange scarf and that necklace was such a steal! Always nice to get some shopping done (: My stomach is growling at the delicious-looking food. I'm a salmon girl too for sure!

    Have a beautiful week!

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  21. That looks like such a nice day! I adore your outfit, what a beautiful coat! Also great photos, the nature looks so pretty! My dad is a caterer and I work with him so I love food! I am also blessed because he is such a good cook and always makes yummy things!

    Francesca

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  22. Awesome post! ^^ Love your photos...
    Wanna follow each other? :)

    DARE 2 WEAR

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  23. ooh looks like you had a really full and wonderful day! :) i loveee that children's necklace you got! its so cute :D

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

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  24. As usual great photos!!! How was the rose hip sauce???? Was it good? I'd like to try that some time!!!

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  25. wow it seems like you had such a busy start of November... have a great month then! and this post made me hungry, haha all the food seems so yummy!

    xo, Carla
    Little Miss Violet

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  26. What a beautiful place,I can imagine it would be a beautiful peaceful walk there,and of course there always has to be time for shopping and your bought goodies are stunning.
    I love the necklace,the leafs are gorgeous.
    The gourmet food sounds and looks incredible,but Im probably traditional too,I like homely food,you know what it is and you just eat it :D but it would definatley be good to try something new and experiment,as you may like something,how do you know unless you try x

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  27. the scenery is so beautiful, i can't get over how stunning the landscape is! drooling over that food too ;)

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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