We arrived in Liepāja, Latvia today. It’s sort of a transitional stop, probably our last in Latvia, for just one night, on our way to the Curonian Spit in Lithuania.
Our guidebook describes Liepāja as a city whose “growing pains are evident in the visual clash of gritty warehouses stacked next to swish hipster bars and tricked-out nightclubs.” That made it sound like a perfect place to stop for a night. On top of that, you can walk in minutes from the city center to a long stretch of Baltic Sea beach.
We sat down for lunch on a nice outdoor terrace, wary of the moody weather, but eventually got chased inside by rain. After lunch we explored the city, and then the beach, and then more city under varying degrees of rainfall. It certainly wasn’t beach weather, though I love to see the sea in moody weather. The weather also fit in well with the rest of the city, which we found had wonderful gritty charm. Charming in some rather peculiar ways.