Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
First this: I promised you at the start of this month that our new Theme Week would start on June 20th, but as you already have seen I haven't started that Theme Week. I underestimated the research and time for our Europe Ginko. I want to apologize for this. Because of the underestimation of this month's research I have decided to do no Theme Week this month. I will create the planned Theme Week next month. I am sorry.
Okay back to today's stage in our Europe Ginko. We are going to the North of Europe, to Latvia, one of the three small Balkan states. We visited this part of Europe earlier this month when were in Estonia ... and now we are going to visit Latvia. Latvia became a member of the European Union (EU) in May 2004.
Latvia officially the Republic of Latvia , is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe, one of the three Baltic states. It is bordered by Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, Russia to the east, and Belarus to the southeast, as well as a maritime border to the west alongside Sweden.
« For a long time Rīga has been glorified, finally I saw it, everywhere around the sandy hills, Rīga, even in the water. »
|Latvia has the fifth highest proportion of land covered by forests in the EU.|
forests covered in million of colors
|Venta Rapid at Kuldiga|
resonates through the summer air
a croaking frog
Tā tevi nocērt līdz pašai
Tavas tumsas saknei
Light is a sword
To your darkest roots
© Leons Briedis, Latvia, (“World Haiku 2010 No.6”, p.13. )
|Tiny Lizard on a wall|