Gone with the Wind in Liepāja
Last weekend Leila and I decided to head out to Liepāja, a port city on Latvia’s west coast. It’s known for long Liepāja Beach, on the Baltic Sea.
It is also known as the Windy city and trust me windy it does get, I am glad we packed our warm jackets.
We took an almost empty train ride from Riga and since it was a 3 hour train ride, I used the time to observe the beautiful scenery that passed me.
We paid for the train tickets online and it costs only Eur 6.66 per person one way.
On the train I noticed that I forgot to pack the battery for my Canon camera and while rushing to the train station I forgot the other camera too.
Well smartphone picture would have to do for this trip..
We arrived around 21h30 in Liepāja and walked to our hotel called Sports Hotel, just like the train, it was almost empty and had a great discount.
Tired we ordered Take away and called it a night.
The next morning we dressed warm and explored the street of Liepāja
Liepāja (pronounced [liepaːja] is located on the Baltic Sea.
It is the largest city in the Kurzeme Region and the third largest city in the country after Riga and Daugavpils. It is an important ice-free port.
In 2019 population of Liepāja was 68,945 people.
In the 19th and early 20th century it was a favourite place for sea-bathers with the town boasting a fine park and many pretty gardens, and a theatre. Liepāja is however known throughout Latvia as "City where the wind is born", likely because of the constant sea breeze. After Latvia regained independence after the fall of the Soviet Union, Liepāja has worked hard to change from a military city into a modern port city. Its reputation as the windiest city in Latvia was strengthened with the construction of the largest wind farm in the nation.
For two days we took time to explore the beach which stretches as far as the eye can see, we visited a former russian prison that serves as a museum. Here guests can sleep over in a cell and experience what the prisoners expericened back than. Unfortunately for us it was closed.
For breakfast and Dinner we ate at Roma a small restaurant in the city centre, where friendly waitresses serve delicious food with a smile.
We further visited an traditional beautiful russian orthodox church and soaked in the sun while sitting in the park.
We only left on Sunday afternoon at 6 pm and caught a train back to Riga.
Great weekend spent well. Glad we were not blown away by the wind.