the summer we had a two week trip around the Baltics. We flew into
a holiday destinations, the Baltics were a unique and amazing choice as they
have just joined the European Union so they have the flavour of the East,
with the outlook of the West. Having
broken away from
The entire holiday was excellent, still unspoilt by tourists so it felt we were seeing the “real” and authentic countries. All three countries spoke completely different languages so we had to learn all the basic words (thank you, please, two beers, cheers…) each time we crossed a border.
It won’t be long before the rest of the world catches on and more and more tourists flock to this place.
Elizabetes Iela, a famous street containing lots of art nouveau architecture
A market place housed in old Zeppelin hangars
Sampling the local beer… Sampling the hardcore local brew:
The Curonian Spit is a 100km long x 3km wide sand dune, that sits about 6km off the Lithuanian coast into the Baltic Sea. The southern half belongs to Kalliningrad (a part of Russia but not joined to her).
Symbols of the local fishermen in Nida
The big sand dune – looking into Russia
The Russian border at Kalliningrad!!
Old fisherman’s houses in Nida
To the beach, make sure it’s the right one!?
The Lithuanias are very big on their folklore and fairy tales.
This sculpture was part of a trail of wooden carvings of witches,
dragons and other fairy tale creatures.
A memorial and pilgrimage site where there are thousands upon thousands of crosses.
The Russians and Germans have bulldozed this hill several times in the past, but it
keeps coming back. The Pope visited here a while ago too…
St Anne’s Church, Vilnius. Very intricate brickwork.
Grutos Parkas – Soviet statue park made from the fallen statues (mostly of Lenin and Stalin) from the town squares of the cities of Lithuania following their independence from the Soviets in the early 90’s.
Trakai Castle again…
Europos Parkas (Museum of the Centre of Europe) is a pretty cool outdoor sculpture park located very close to the geographical centre of Europe. It’s marked by a fairly non-descript stone at the actual centre (below).