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Our friend Luciano always travel to some exotic beaches, so it is something for him:)
Probably it is not an image you create in your mind hearing the word beach but I found it stunning. After the view of the frozen Baltic sea in rather gloomy days in Helsinki, I enjoyed marvelous sunny weather in Riga and Jurmala, Latvia.

The city of Jūrmala actually consists of a string of small resorts. From west to east, these include Ķemeri, Jaunķemeri, Sloka, Kauguri, Vaivari, Asari, Melluži, Pumpuri, Jaundubulti, Dubulti, Majori, Dzintari, Bulduri and Lielupe.
Some parts of the area have been known as health resorts for centuries. Jūrmala was once known in German as Riga-Strand, or "Beach of Riga".
Jūrmala's reputation as a spa destination began in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Wealthy landowners began the tradition of relaxing at the seaside, and Russian army officers came here to rest after the Napoleonic Wars, returning later with their families. The peak of the Jūrmala area's development was the opening of the Riga - Tukums railway in 1877 (which still passes through Jūrmala) that gave a great boost to the numbers of visitors, and thus a boost to the development of the town as a resort. Jūrmala also gained a reputation as a health spa. The sea breeze, pine aroma, mineral springs, and sandy beach encouraged many sanatoriums to develop within the city.
In Soviet times Jūrmala was popular with the Communist officials because of its beach and sanatoriums - holidays were also given as rewards for top union members. It became one of the most popular holiday destinations in the whole Union. The spas offered facilities from mud baths to riding therapy and hiking in the woods.
Whereas Riga has advanced rapidly to embrace and cater for growing numbers of Western tourists, Jūrmala has lagged behind.
The main beach at Majori and another at Bulduri now bear blue eco-flags signaling their safety to swim in. (After Wikipedia)

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  • Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11931 W: 126 N: 30331] (141910)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2014-02-06
  • Categories: Natureza
  • Exposição: f/8, 1/160 segundos
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  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2014-02-10 0:09
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