From time to time, I go for a walk to Māras garden, which surrounds the Māras pond, or to read a book under the chestnut tree and feed the ducks. This place has a special energy that helps me retreat from the big city life in Riga.
No matter the season, the garden looks gorgeous from every angle and this beauty is truly healing. Latvian poets Ojārs Vācietis and Janis Akuraters have found inspiration living and walking in this scenic neighborhood. In the 1970 movie Vella kalpi (Devil’s servants), based on the story by Latvian folklorist Rutku Tēvs, Saint Māra pond and the nearby mills were a place where brave Riga knights in the 17th century cast out Polish intruders. The place has a long and rich history and is named after the Mother of God in Latvian mythology, Māra.
If you are in a park mood, then it could be a good idea to follow the tiny river Mārupīte through the spacious Uzvaras garden, charming Arkādijas park with its romantic bridges and finish with a walk around the pond.