Art Nouveau District
Some of the finest examples of Art Nouveau in the world can be found in the Latvian capital of Riga.
A whole district is dominated with examples of the architecture and art works from the late 19th Century. Some of the best examples can be found on the main street of Elizabetes Iela . There are over 800 Art Nouveau buildings in the city so good luck ticking them all off.
A medical themed restaurant
Doctors in Riga have opened a restaurant called Hospitalis where the dining room looks like an operating room and the waitresses wear nurse’s uniforms on wheeled beds. There are syringes and operating tools for cutlery as well as test tube and beakers for wine glasses. If you order the cake then you’re likely to see some fake fingers balanced on the top!
And finally….a flying penis
The Red Bull Flugtag competition was held in Riga in 2008, where complete nutters try to defy gravity and fly through the air over the river. Riga paid host to the usual crowd of strange ideas but one rose to the occasion, so to speak. A giant penis and testicles made its way into the water with the owner standing on top.
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Photo of Art Nouveau building facade in Riga, Latvia, by Blind Höna