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7.2.17: The Great Cemetery

Sleepy Sunday; the perfect day to settle into our delightful new digs (thank you, Martins!) and check out the immediate neighborhood. Our street dead ends into The Great Cemetery, the burial place of choice for Riga’s Baltic Germans and intellectual community since 1773. Extensive damage was done during the Soviet occupation of Latvia post 1945 and many of the headstones were removed and destroyed. But some remained, even after the Cemetery was turned into a park. Today, it’s green and a bit ghostly with a few people and pets moving quietly along the paths through the trees…

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