Lithuania

Lithuania

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  • Day3

    Als Tagesausflug ging es mit der Fähre rüber auf die Kuhrische Nehrung, seinerseits eine auf litauenscher Seite etwa 40km lange schmale Sandinsel. Die riesigen Dünenlandschaften standen dabei im Kontrast zu den grasgrünen Pienienwälder, was wirklich zu gefallen wusste.
    Von Nida aus wanderten wir gen Westen bis zur russischen Grenze und wieder zurück, nachdem wir zuvor bereits eine kleine Runde durch den Wald drehten.
    Ausklingen ließen wir den Tag in einem Fischrestaurant vor Ort, wo es geräucherten Dorsch, Zander und Aal zu Essen gab.
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  • Day5

    Die Fahrt nach Siauliai verlief relativ unspektakulär und auch die Stadt selbst war...naja es war eine Stadt... Sie sollte sowieso nur ein Zwischenstopp werden um am nächsten Tag den sog. 'Hill of Crosses' zu besichtigen.

  • Day6

    Zur Entstehung des Hügels gibt es mehrere Legenden. Was jedoch Fakt ist, ist das nach der dritten polnischen Teilung Litauen Teil des Russischen Reiches wurde. In der Folgezeit rebellierten Polen und Litauer zweimal gegen die Russische Obrigkeit und zwar im Novemberaufstand der Jahre 1830/31 sowie im Januaraufstand 1863/64. Beide Aufstände gegen das zaristische Regime wurden blutig niedergeschlagen. Zu dieser Zeit sollen die Bewohner der Umgebung begonnen haben, auf dem Hügel Kreuze für ihre bei den Aufständen getöteten Angehörigen aufzustellen, von denen sie nicht wussten, wo sie begraben sind. Andere Quellen gehen davon aus, dass die Aufständischen auf dem Hügel hingerichtet wurden. (Wiki)
    Bis heute bringen Menschen Kreuze an diesen Ort - zumeist bei Hochzeiten, Taufen oder Todesfällen.
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  • Day7

    Als wir in Vilnius ankamen war es bereits später Nachmittag und als wir unser (wirklich sehr schönes) Appartment fertig bezogen hatten, schon etwa 19Uhr. Da der Supermarkt direkt um die Ecke war, ging es nach ein paar Bier hinein ins Litauen'sche Nachtleben. Dort schlossen Schneider und ich uns relativ frühzeitig einer großen Gruppe Erasmusstudenten an, mit denen wir bis zum Morgengrauen feierten.
    Zuvor verschaffte wir uns zu Fuß noch einen ersten Eindruck der Altstadt.
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  • Day8

    Am nächsten Morgen hieß es trotz Partynacht früh aufstehen, da wir unsere Leihwagen am Flughafen in Vilnius wieder abgeben mussten.
    Auch im Anschluss war an Schlaf erstmal nicht zu denken, da man den Tag ja schließlich nutzen wollte. So erfuhren wir beiläufig von einer kostenlosen Stadtführung, welche von örtlichen Studenten durchgeführt wurde. Zu Fuß ging es quer durch die ansässige Altstadt und das Künstlerviertel Uzupis, ein Stadtteil von Vilnius, der vor einigen Jahren die Unabhängigkeit erklärt hatte.Read more

  • Day9

    Bevor es wieder nach Hause ging, verschafften wir uns nochmal auf eigene Faust ein paar Bilder der Stadt. Dabei verschlug es uns unter anderem auf einige Lookouts, wie den 'Three Crosses' und dem Gediminas-Turm.

  • Day374

    I first heard the weather being described as "Baltic" by a scottish person when we were huddled as a group round a pot of tea in a mountain hut. I thought, wowza, it must be a whole new level of miserable if a Scotsman describes weather as bad!

    Today we found out first-hand what Baltic summer conditons can be like when yesterday's rainy blast continued into today but with the added gift of 60km/h winds.

    Winds on a boat = great.
    Winds on a touring bike which handles like a boat = not great.

    As Peter mentioned, the roads in Lithuania are easy to navigate because there aren't many of them. The minor roads (sandy tracks) weren't an option today as the dust was being blown into clouds that you could see from a distance. The major roads are very open, offering a great view of the landscape and traffic, but complete exposure to all weather conditions.

    We only managed to move forwards as a snail's pace today and haven't quite made it to the coast. The rain came as forecast mid-afternoon causing a wardrobe change to winter again : bandanas, gloves, layers and waterproofs.

    When the roads were feeling risky (leaning into the road to stay balanced, getting sheltered and then drafted by a lorry was causing numerous stops/ wobbles into the gutter ) we had to make a plan B so looked for a B & B. There was no way we were going to meet our target campsite in those winds, and our ultralight tent stood no chance of survival.

    The first town had 2 options on the map.
    In reality, 1 had burned down, 1 was for sale. = another perilous 8km of sideways cycling until the next town.

    Next mission is buying more meths for the stove again.. the same problem we faced a few weeks ago in Slovakia. (We can't really stockpile it because of the bulk and weight). In our current town we reached a DIY store with EVERYTHING (10s of types of gloves, every conceivable door handle)....but no meths. We were told that some other clear spirit was the same and would work, we bought some and now have a very sooty pan and a stinking burner that doesn't burn that fuel. Oops!

    If anyone has an insights on buying Brennspiritus /meths in the Baltics, get in touch!
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  • Day113

    It's KAUNASTIC!

    Thats what they say and it makes complete sense to me now. To find out for yourselves, you will just have to come here! A fab city with lots to do for tourists but very few tourists around.. perfect :)

    We are staying in the suburbs in a lovely cottage in someones garden. Stuart has won a fan already in the guise of the owners dog who is waiting for him each time he steps out of the door. Kaunas acted as the capital of Lithuania between 1920 and 1939. It is our first taste of Lithuania and is home to a castle, a very successful basketball team, a huge mix of architecture and a devil museum, amongst many other things.

    After a round the houses bus trip on a mini bus we arrived across the beautiful river Nemunas straight into the centre of the old town, past the Perkunas "Thunder" house, an impressive gothic building housing a jesuit museum. We found our way to the Baroque style Town Hall in a very attractive square to collect a mound of maps from the tourist information.

    Heading first to the Cathedral we were treated to lovely singing from the balcony accompanied by the organist and quickly realised that we were inadvertent guests at a wedding! Don't worry we weren't the only tourists there, but whilst Stuart scarpered I lingered a while to see the dress of course! She was one of three brides that we saw in Kaunas this morning, the weather was lovely - and not too warm! - 23 degrees, obviously a perfect day for a wedding!

    Moving through old town streets mooching for souvenirs, we walked the length of "Laisves Aleja" (Freedom Avenue). It is reported to be the longest pedestrian street in Europe, so not surprisingly half way along we needed to stop for lunch. Our intended lunch stop was quite a distance away so we settled for Mexican. And boy it didn't disappoint! Food was delicious and Stuart had a skull drink. A cocktail in a skull shaped glass with food on cocktail sticks and a flaming sambuca in the centre.. this boy sure knows how to choose a drink! I meanwhile sampled a Lithuanian beer which apparently is the best in the World. Now where have I heard that before....

    On a majorly full stomach, and having been to quite a few historical museums recently, we decided to visit the Devils Museum. Basically it is collection of 2000+ devil statues housed in the house of the late collector, an artist named Antanas Zmuidzinavicius. Completely random but a bit of fun and interesting to read about the folklore from Lithuania and other countries regarding the devil, be he stupid or scary.

    To Stuart's delight we found another funicular, this one being the oldest in Lithuania Unlike the one in Prague - where we had to queue for 20 minutes - there was only one other guy riding it.
    At the top of the funicular we visited Christ's Resurrection Church. It was completed in 2005 and apparently is seen as an eyesore by some. It cost us 1.2 euro to walk the 165 steps to the top where you have great views of the city.

    Kaunas is also full of street art that they are obviously very proud of, so much so that they are all marked on the tourist maps.. We passed a lot on our travels, including an old man the size of a building with a pipe full of stars, a multi coloured shack and a space hedgehog.

    According to one of my many guides, we visited/saw 10 of the 15 top things to do in Kaunas today so all in all a good days sightseeing!
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  • Day115

    "According to a widespread popular belief, the word Lietuva (Lithuania in Lithuanian) originated from the Lithuanian words lyti (to rain) and lietus (rain)" (thanks Wikipedia). This was also one of the first things that our guide on the free (but not free) tour told us.

    And rain it did today! Unfortunately for me it didn't seem to lower the temperature at all...

    It rained about half way through the tour and it is possible that that, along with tiredness and having seen so much dampened my view of Vilnius. It has all the factors: Old Town; Palace; Cathedral; Castle ruins; Museums etc, but it didn't have the same feeling as we had in Kaunas.

    We did a free (but not free) tour as I had - perhaps an omen to the day - not made any plans as to what to do/see in Vilnius.

    Possibly the highlight of the day for me was entering the "independent state" of Uzupis. I write in quotations as it is a self-declared independence. When you cross the bridge it has a road sign showing that you should smile on arrival, as Stuart is modelling so wonderfully.

    It is home to many "artists, Bohemians and yuppies" according to our Rough Guide. These include the former Mayor of Vilnius who is now a part time uber driver. He is known for a video of a stunt showing him drive over a car parked illegally in a bus lane. Highlighting Vilnius non-cycle friendly nature. You can copy and paste this link to see him in action! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-fWN0FmcIU

    Uzupis also has a square dedicated to Tibet - which caused issues with Chinese relations - a fountain that disperses beer once a year; a statue showing Jesus as the worlds first backpacker and it even has its own constitution. This 41 point constitution is inscribed in various languages on multiple metal plaques. If you excuse me in the reflection, you can read these in the photos. Our favourites were numbers 3 and 12.

    After the tour was finished we headed to try some Lithuanian food - finally!

    I have the traditional potato dumplings and Stuart had potato pancakes. These were very tasty and cheap so extra bonus! After the meal we walked to find the statue to Tony Soprano at the train station. Decided to check it out as Stuart loves the Sopranos. It is huge and completely weird but helped us walk off some of our potato calories :)

    Onward to the next capital city tomorrow - Riga!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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