We are driving from Riga, Latvia to Vilnius, Lithuania today but we will make several stops along the way.
Southern Latvia is a very fertile area. This flat land lends itself to farmland that produces such crops as wheat, curb and even barley.
The palace was used for parties and official business. There were private rooms and state rooms. Today the palace makes its money through ticket sales and using the palace to make movies. There was a movie made here about the beloved Austrian empress nicknamed Sissi.
Rundāle Palace was neglected for years. By 1920, it was an elementary school, apartments, local alcoholic rehab center, and used for grain storage. In 1972 restoration began and was completed in 2014.
There was a boudoir for the ladies. It would take up to 10 hours to dress their hair. (Men wore wigs.) While getting their hair done, they would sip hot chocolate, the popular drink of the day. They would keep their hairdo maybe for a month until it attracted bugs or mice. (They used eggs or honey to set the style.)