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Blacksmith craft demonstration at Jurmala summer festival, Latvia

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A: Hand crafted gifts

by Martins Strubergs, 130 meters away

Hand crafted toys gifts

Hand crafted gifts

C: The memorial cottage of Latvian poets Rainis and Aspazija, Jurmala

by Vil Muhametshin, 260 meters away

This is a study in  a summer cottage that was built in the end of the 19th century. Here Rainis and A...

The memorial cottage of Latvian poets Rainis and Aspazija, Jurmala

D: Lienes iela

by Martins Strubergs, 350 meters away

Lienes iela

E: Tulips. Jurmala (Latvia)

by Andrew Bodrov, 420 meters away

Tulips. Jurmala (Latvia)

F: Sand sculpture festival Magic sand 2007, Jurmala, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 470 meters away

At 2007 summer in Jurmala held the First International Baltic Sand Sculpture festival "Magic Sand" wh...

Sand sculpture festival Magic sand 2007, Jurmala, Latvia

G: At the corner of Jomas and Turaidas street, Jurmala

by Vil Muhametshin, 490 meters away

At the corner of Jomas and Turaidas street, Jurmala

H: boat dock in Lielupe

by Martins Strubergs, 500 meters away

boat dock in river Lielupe

boat dock in Lielupe

I: Beginning of Jomas street in Jurmala, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 540 meters away

Jomas street is the main walking street in Jurmala. In summer time you will meet everybody there :)

Beginning of Jomas street in Jurmala, Latvia

J: Aerial view over Jurmala resort, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 550 meters away

Aerial view over Jurmala resort, Latvia

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