109 days: Janis Baumanis

Today was a beautiful day spent exploring Riga's Art Nouveau district. The intricate facades and whimsical figures carved into the buildings seemed to whisper stories of a bygone era. Each balcony and window frame was more elaborate than the last, making it a paradise for an artist's eye.

In the midst of this architectural feast, I met Janis Baumanis, a local historian and tour guide who specializes in Art Nouveau. Janis shared fascinating insights into the history and cultural significance of the style in Riga, which is known to have one of the highest concentrations of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. He pointed out the subtle differences in the motifs used by different architects, which reflected their personal stories and the socio-political narratives of the early 20th century.

Janis' passion for Latvian history was contagious. He spoke of the buildings as if they were his personal friends, each with its own character and secrets. This encounter not only enriched my understanding, but also deepened my appreciation for the city's artistic heritage. Inspired by Janis' stories, I sketched several elements of the buildings we explored, capturing the essence of Riga's artistic soul in my notebook.

At the end of the tour, Janis recommended a quaint café nearby where I could sit and continue sketching. The day was as fulfilling as it was educational, combining art with the warm acquaintance of a new friend.

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