The Coast of Utopia
Russia’s chief healthy eating activist Daria Lisichenko has rooted on the Riga’s coast, where her new summer apartment is located.
“It’s Latvia’s Hamptons. My husband and I were brought up in the Soviet Union, but we knew very little about Latvia. We first arrived seven years ago for friends’ wedding and were captivated by Jurmala’s old villas and endless beaches,” Daria makes smalltalk, as husband Stas communicates with the Audi hatchback’s navigator. He has not yet learned the road to his own home.
For quite some time Jurmala was associated with the New Wave festival and Comedy Club.
“The festival closed, and things went quiet around here,” Daria shows the Dzintari concert hall, where main local excitements happened. “We were afraid the resort would deteriorate. The restaurants did lose clients that ordered only champagne, but as a whole the place held its ground. People who would rather come here than feed the mosquitoes near Moscow stayed. The extras went away. Today Jurmala is plain and quiet happiness.”
On Top of the World
Moscow’s Krysha mira nightclub celebrates anniversary and closes for renovation. Tatler recalls ten years of watching the sunrise with a view over the city’s downtown.
Not many clubs live to see their tenth birthday. One recalls only Propaganda that has lost most of its glory or Night Flight where vagrant Lufthansa pilots found their corporate-paid one night stands. But Krysha is a more upscale institution. One never knows what awaits you there: theatrical adventure, laser show, trapeze artists or air-balloons launched directly from the parking lot.