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    Default Introducing Latvia

    Hello there!

    Loki opened this forum on my request so I think it is my duty to make the first posting! I try to give you a fitting impression of my former home country and to show some interesting pictures. I am also of 1/4 German ancestry because of my grandfather, so I will say some words to the history of the shown pictures.


    This is Latvia in Northeastern Europe:




    And I come from the western part of Latvia, the name of the region is "Kurzeme". "Kurzeme" is the latvian word for "Kurland" and "Kurland" is the historical name of this region given by the order who settled there in medivial ages.




    Kurzeme is known for the wonderful countryside and nice, historical villages and cities. Many of these cities have also German names because they were founded by the Teutonic orders or were extremely influenced by them. And Kurzeme was for a long time a part of the Hanse. (Its like that again after the fall of the Sovjetunion when we regained freedom.)

    This picture shows the situation in Latvia during the time of the Teutonic Knights:




    There you can see also some of the old German names for the cities in Latvia.

    Daugvapils - German: Dnaburg
    Liepāja - German: Libau
    Ventspils - German: Windau
    Jelgava - German: Mitau
    Kuldiga - German: Goldingen
    Rēzekne - German: Rositten
    Jēkabpils - German: Jakobstadt

    Now I will post some pictures of my region, Kurzeme, to show you the beauty of the country and its towns and villages!




    A typical village in Kurzeme. Talsi.





    The broadest waterfall in Europe! "Venta Rumba". The waterfall of the Venta River near Kuldiga.





    The famous bridge of Kuldiga. There are often international film crews! For the remake of the German movie "Die Brcke" least year for example.


    Our beautiful baltic coast! The water is very clear there.




    But dont forget the thousands of smaller and larger lakes in our country!




    The preservation of old traditions and customs if very important in Latvia, for young and old people.





    Just visit my home country, you will never regret it!

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    Wonderful pictures, I definitely want to see Latvia sometime.


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    Indeed wonderfull pictures. Makes you want to see it in real life.

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    Such a wonderful country.

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    Thanks for this thread, Inese! The pictures are beautiful.

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    You Letts are a beautiful people. Do you have any Iranic characteristics as can be found elsewhere in the Baltic?

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    Sveiki! Kā tev iet? It must be a beautiful country. I've heard it's very traditional and pure, but also that you have various kinds of problems. I also heard that entrance in EU has made things so far, worse..not better.

    I have good friends residing there and hopefully, I'll be visiting soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exiled View Post
    You Letts are a beautiful people. Do you have any Iranic characteristics as can be found elsewhere in the Baltic?
    Iranic characteristics? What do you mean with that? I´m not so good in this science but we have no relationship with Iran/Persian or other groups of people from Neareast.

    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe View Post
    Sveiki! Kā tev iet?
    Man iet labi. Paldies.
    It must be a beautiful country. I've heard it's very traditional and pure, but also that you have various kinds of problems. I also heard that entrance in EU has made things so far, worse..not better.
    Latvia would be very pure if we hadn´t many Russians in our country. They were made to settle there in Sovjetunion age and are responsible for much mess, I can tell you! There are region in cities were pure Latvians are in minority position because of Russians and it angers a lot of people. This includes the parts of my family who stayed in Latvia.

    When Russia invaded Georgia some months back many people in Latvia were thinking that Russia will try to re-gain the Baltic countries too. But the Latvian political leadership acted very good, and we are in the NATO now, of course. So if the Russians come to invade our wonderful Baltic country the whole Western world will stand in our row. They will not dare to attack Latvia again, that is my big hope.

    I have found a very good video is my old latvian hometown , Kuldiga in Kurzeme! You can see the landscape, the city and our festivals. Give it a try please! Thank you.

    [YOUTUBE]KKSZ-g1KHEo[/YOUTUBE]
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    Paldies! It is beautiful I'd love to be there when they celebrate the summer solstice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inese View Post
    Iranic characteristics? What do you mean with that? Im not so good in this science but we have no relationship with Iran/Persian or other groups of people from Neareast.
    I must admit that confused me too. I don't know of any Iranic influence in the Baltic.

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