Hey! It's time for another travel post! And this time (or actually already on August 20...) I and my fiancé visited the metropolis of Latvia together with my parents. Our trip took place in the middle of a regular work week because it was the Day of Restoration of Independence here in Estonia and therefore a much-needed day off from work. Oh and as you could probably draw an obvious conclusion from the title of today's post our prime destination was the Riga Zoo, conjointly my fourth European zoo after the ones in Czech Republic, Estonia and Finland.
Emporio Armani sunnies | Seppälä Woman dress | thrifted belt| Guess bag | Pink Woman espadrilles | thrifted Kenzo kimono cardigan*.
*can be briefly seen below
So, the zoo is located in Mežaparks, one of the world's first garden cities and also one of the wealthiest areas in Riga. It was opened on October 14 in 1912 which means the zoo will shortly be entirely 102 years old (our native Tallinn Zoo is 75 years old for example). And according to almighty Wikipedia Riga Zoo houses 3 270 animals of 486 species on 16.4 hectares of land.
In fact it's a very compact zoo: not too big, not too small and very wisely structured. And in the same way as always when in zoo, I was childishly ecstatic in front of every animal because they all somehow spoke to me with their infinitely expressive eyes, peculiar looks and flawless gestures.
All in all I find the animal world nothing but astonishing. For example the contrasty black and white stripes of a zebra, the immaculate brown and yellow markings on giraffes, the luxurious coat of an African wild cat called serval... And of course the well-known suricates - can you believe how adorable those little guys are? And did you know a group of suricates (or meerkats) is called a "mob", "gang" or "clan" and a meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats but some super-families have 50 or more members? Okay okay, like I said I get overly ecstatic when it comes to the animal kingdom but they're definitely all worth the attention.
Oh and one more important thing about the zoo. They have the coolest Aquarium, Terrarium and the Tropical House which accommodate 20% of all the animals in the Riga Zoo (=animals of about 75 species). And those pale green waxy monkey leaf frogs below were my biggest favourites from the Tropical House.
And another thing - the beautiful birds of Riga Zoo. Bright American and lighter Greater flamingos were both absolutely beautiful, even out of this world kind of delicate. Just look at them, and each and every other individual I've shared with you today, and I'm sure you will understand my enthusiasm. And on top of everything I already brought out Riga Zoo is also a very cosy place and even though the animals and birds live in captivity they at least seem content and happy there. I hope they truly are, as much as possible.
Now, after leaving the zoo we visited a couple of shopping centres like Stockmann, Alfa and Depo but shopping hasn't quite been my goal lately (with the exception of thrift shopping, of course!). Therefore my haul was seriously minimal and I will probably add those few bits and pieces to my Crete haul post when it's time.
Anyway, mom's big wish was to visit the beautiful town of Sigulda before going home and there we went. But the weather turned strongly showery, it was late and chilly and while passing through the area we just glanced at the sights and put together our future go-to list. So it now includes entirely three castles (Sigulda, Krimulda and Turaida), the incredibly lovely Walking-stick park and Serpentine road in Sigulda. And that's only the minimum strategy of course, it's a piece of cake to upgrade the list!
By the way, my plan was to make a rather ephemeral post today but I guess it turned out like it always does so I hope you guys enjoyed it because I sure enjoyed putting it together. Always share your thoughts with me and see you again next time!