Today we travelled right across Lithunaia into Latvia for a stop in Pilsrundale to visit the restored baroque Place of Rundale, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. The palace was built by the great architect Rastrellli, who also designed the winter palace in St. Petersburg.
In 1812 the palace was used as a hospital for Napaleon's army. Several soldiers who died in this hospital were buried in the park of the palace. A monument has since been built there. Pete and I left the guided tour of the palace and paid to go on a small train ride around the beautiful gardens of the palace. The rose garden was amazing with over 2400 varieties growing in the garden. The gardens were extensive and very well maintained.
We had lunch at the Palace, silver service and all. Then joined our coach again and travelled to Riga staying at the Albert Hotel. The top floor of the hotel had a viewing deck of the city and a trendy bar which happened to have happy hour between 6pm and 7pm. Two scotch and coke for 5 euro.