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    • Day 18

      Kaunas - Tag 18

      July 3, 2022 in Lithuania ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Um 8 Uhr gings wieder los.
      Das Wetter war viel angenehmer als gestern, größtenteils bewölkt.
      Unterwegs sahen wir große Felder und hatten große Schwankungen an der Straßenqualität, sobald wir runter von großen Straßen sind.
      Haben sehr gut Mittag gegessen, Litauische Küche und das für gesamt 60 €, so viel wie sonst für eine Person in Norwegen.

      Heute Abend haben wir wieder sehr lecker litauisch gegessen... eine ganz andere kulinarische Welt als Skandinavien.

      Fazit Tag 18:
      267 km
      15,48 l / 31,64 € Tanken
      35,50 € Hotel
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    • Day 3

      Kaunas in Litauen

      May 31, 2022 in Lithuania ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Nach einem leckeren Frühstück starten wir in Richtung Litauen, 550 km liegen vor uns. Rechts und links der Straße große Weiten mit dünner Besiedlung, auch Rapsfelder. Gegen 1830 erreichen wir Kaunas, eine Universitätsstadt mit ca. 300 000 Einwohnern mir einer wechselhaften Geschichte und einigen 500 Jahre alten Häusern. Hier soll die schönste Kirche des Baltikums stehen. Dieses Jahr ist Kaunas Europäische Kulturhauptstadt.
      Beeindruckend ist die kilometerlange Fußgängerzone. Die Fußgängerzone in der Altstadt besteht nur aus einer langen Baustelle, man geht nur über Schotter.
      Wir essen im Visto Puedo (Forellen Tatar), den Abschluss bildet ein Besuch im Kultura, einer typischen Kneipe für junge Leute. Früher sollen hier bekannte Künstler ein und ausgegangen sein.
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    • Day 18

      2024-02-18 Kiemo galerija

      February 18 in Lithuania ⋅ ☁️ 3 °C

      Die Galerie im Hinterhof dieses Hauses wurde aus der Idee geboren, dass sich die Menschen entfremdet.
      Der Künstler wollte auf diese Art seine "Nachbarn " kennen lernen und ihre Geschichten erfahren. Und er beschloss, die wichtigen Dinge einfach im Hof und an den Hauswänden festzuhalten.Read more

    • Day 7

      Poorly Penguin 🐧 Stays Home...

      October 21, 2023 in Lithuania ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

      It was not a good day today as this little penguin had a sleepless night and developed a “stinking” cold 🤧, so after breakfast, I sought refuge back in my bed 😴 at the Radisson!! This left Jayne with a free day to do as she pleased apart from regular refreshment visits to her TWO room bound travelling companions. So, there are no photographs today but a chance to share some of the Street Art we saw in Kaunas.

      1st Photo is the Bearer of Light by Vytenis Jakas, 2019

      2nd Photo is ‘Wise Old Man’ has become an Instagram staple; an enormous mural that dominates the entire side of a former shoe factory on the leafy avenue of Jonavos Street. The giant gentleman in question — wearing a red bodysuit while smoking a pipe bigger than his own head — is Jurgis Maciunas, a Kaunas-born artist who carried Lithuanian modern art into the wider world in the mid-20th century. He would have known the surrounding streets and buildings well — including Kaunas Castle, the medieval stronghold whose striking red-brick tower stands directly opposite the painting. Painted as a tribute to influential Kaunas-born artist Jurgis Maciunas, the 'Wise Old Man' mural adorns the side of an old shoe factory.

      3rd Photo is a big mural that can be found on the walls all over the city. This particular one was painted by a well-known Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic (who also has works in Vilnius or Warsaw).

      4th Photo is apparently one of the best street art pieces; “Princess on a Horse”. It was painted by a 7-year-old girl, Gabija, and then transferred to the wall by one of the artists. This is such a cute mural, and it definitely puts a smile on your face with its bright colours!

      Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how interested you are, I could not find any information on the remaining street art photographs that I took.
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    • Day 5

      A Walk in the Dark

      October 19, 2023 in Lithuania ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      After meeting back up with Jayne at the hotel, we went out for our evening meal. Walking back down the Laisvės Alėja we came upon a very nice-looking Italian restaurant called Cash Della Pasta that we had noticed on more than one occasion during our many walks down Freedom Avenue. Jayne enjoyed her Salmon al Forno, whereas I; being rather adventurous, went for the Spaghetti Bolognese. £37 including a couple of large glasses of wine 🍷🍷 for us both.Read more

    • Day 5

      A Different Part of Town..

      October 19, 2023 in Lithuania ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

      Thursday, I decided to go to the other part of town and check out the big white church we could see at the top of the hill from our hotel the Basilica of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
      Setting off down the Laisvės Alėja I then turned right at the fountain and headed to the Vytautas Magnus War Museum. Just to the left of the Museum is a garden that contains the Monument to the Fallen for Lithuania’s Freedom (Žuvusiems už Lietuvos laisvę, 1921), in its immediate surroundings, there is the Altar with the Eternal Flame in front of the Monument, the Grave of the Unknown Soldier in between them (Nežinomo Kareivio Kapas), and the busts of Povilas Lukšys and Antanas Juozapavičius – respectively, the first soldier and the first officer killed in the Wars of Independence in February 1919 – on the both sides of the Monument to the Fallen. Additionally, behind the monument are we wooden crosses and praying poles. In 1921-1922, four crosses, two poles with rooftops (“stogastulpis” in Lithuanian) and one praying pole (“koplystulpis” in Lithuanian) were placed on both sides of the Monument. The decorative crosses are part of Lithuanian tradition and today they are recognized by UNESCO and put on their Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. Crosses are made of oak wood and richly decorated, also with pagan symbols.
      Continuing on and following the signs for the Basilica I arrived at and took the; Žaliakalnis Funicular, built in 1931, and one of the oldest funiculars still in operation in the world, up the hill.
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    • Day 4

      M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum

      August 9, 2022 in Lithuania ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

      The M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum is a group of museums based in Kaunas, Lithuania. It is primarily dedicated to exhibiting and publicizing the works of the painter and musician M.K. Čiurlionis (1875–1911).

      The museum’s exhibit collections consist of M.K.Ciurlionis’ heritage, Lithuanian folk art, fine and applied arts of Lithuania of the fifteenth-twentieth centuries, ancient world art, foreign fine and applied art, numismatics, archives of folk art, and the artistic life items of Lithuania.
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    • Day 2

      Übernachten in der Boulderhalle

      January 22, 2020 in Lithuania ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

      Am ersten Abend, bekamen wir das Angebot, dass wir in der Boulderhalle wo Sinja ihr freiwilliges Soziales Auslandsjahr absolviert übernachten dürfen.

      In dieser Nacht haben wir noch zwei Leute kennengelernt die von Deutschland nach China reisen und ebenfalls in der Halle übernachtet haben und wir hatten einen unvergesslichen Abend 😄👌🏻👍🏻

      Kurz darauf sah es dann so aus.😄
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    • Day 8

      On the Road Again

      June 10, 2019 in Lithuania ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Although our time in Warsaw and Vilnius has been very pleasant, we didn't come all this way to just wander about sightseeing. We are a cycling group after all, and we want to experience what it is like to pedal our way through the Baltic States.

      We knew that the day would begin with a bus transfer, but we had no idea of what type of bus would be provided for us. I had visions of all twenty of us jammed into some Soviet era minibus. This could not have been further from the truth. We emerged from our hotel to find a HUGE modern (and air conditioned) bus waiting for us across the road. If the bus itself was not of gigantic enough proportions, it was enlarged even further by the very impressive bike trailer mounted behind it.

      This was easily the biggest bus we have ever used on any previous Ghostrider adventure. The opulent size meant that our team members could spread out inside the bus and really enjoy the ride. We even found that the bus was so long that passengers in the front and rear seats were in different time zones. Our driver answered to the name of Vaidas, although it was a bit of a shame that he spoke almost no English.

      In spite of his lack of English, he was obviously a skilled driver and managed to manoeuvre the behemoth through the narrow streets with comparative ease. About an hour later we arrived at Trakai Castle. While we explored the large lakeside castle, Vaidas unloaded the bikes from the trailer. Once again the temperature started to soar towards 30C. All that cold weather clothing stayed securely hidden in my case.

      After a look around the castle we stopped at a lakeside restaurant for lunch, before finally getting on the bikes for the first time. We were relieved to discover that the bikes appeared to be brand new, although it was impossible to tell what brand they were as they had all been painted the same green. We spent a short time adjusting the seats and loading the panniers, but soon we were underway.

      We had been promised that the Baltic States were "flat and cool". That was obviously a lie. After a couple of kilometres we encountered the first climb,and it was progressively followed by a succession of others. That was not in the agenda, nor was the blazing sun and high temperatures. We quickly realised that this was not going to be an easy ride after all.

      Because of the large number of riders, we divided into two smaller groups, each one guided by a GPS equipped rider. From time to time we stopped to consolidate the groups and make sure that everyone was OK. The scenery was superb and the road was relatively quiet. The few vehicles that were there gave us a respectful separation.

      The rolling green hills reminded me of Finland and Sweden, but the dilapidated houses reminded me more of some of the old villages we had ridden through in Hungary. At one stage we rode into a tiny village and found a general store that sold ice creams and cold drinks. That really was a welcome discovery.

      At around 4 pm we were met by Vaidas and climbed back onto the bus for a transfer to Kaunas, the second largest town in Lithuania. It took about 90 minutes to reach our hotel - the Best Western Santaka. Judging by the enormous sizes of the rooms, this was probably once one of the finest hotels in the city, however it is now showing its age a little.

      When I tried to have a shower I discovered that the hot and cold taps were fitted back to front and the plug hole did not drain. I was soon standing in 10 cm of warm water. All part of the experience.

      Tomorrow we head off early for our second day of cycling. The weather forecast is for the weather to be even hotter. Sometimes the life of a Ghostrider is not as glamorous as you might think. On the other hand, it sure is a lot of fun.
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    • Day 11


      August 6, 2018 in Lithuania ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

      Kaunas is known as Lithuania’s city of museums,which made my choice to spend a Monday there somewhat ironic, luckily it is also another surprisingly charming and beautiful Eastern European city. Compact and easily walkable, it has a nicely preserved old town, a number of green parks and, due to it having been the first capital of the Republic of Lithuania from 1919-39 a number of very impressive administrative buildings and cathedrals. What drew me here was reading that it had just recently been announced as the European capital of culture 2022, which from past experience is always a good sign that somewhere is worth a visit.

      My hunch wasn’t wrong, despite the huge amount of renovations going on to spruce the city up and make it look the part, the place proved to be very cool and relaxing after the craziness of Riga. It also helped that the hostel was very chill, which allowed me some early nights and some planning time for the next legs of my trip.

      Monday was spent exploring its nooks and crannies, wandering the old town, crossing the river to take the furnicular to a view point looking over the city from the opposite bank and exploring the parks, one of which contained an old soviet theme park. The theme park is still somewhat functioning, with a surreal mix of rusted, broken down or dilapidated rides and more recent, but by no means more impressive, add ons. My favourite had to be repurposed electric wheelchairs, which had been converted into bumper cars with kids careening around the paths barely being able to reach the handlebars.

      I had a choice on Tuesday to either stay in the City and hit up the museums or to head out of town to the Ninth Fort. I took the second option, which I’m very glad I did. The Ninth Fort is located an hours bus trip away and is one of a circle of forts that were built prior to WW1 by the Russians at the cost of $500 million in todays dollars and, which collectively made up the Kaunas Fortress. Seeing as it subsequently took the Germans a total of 11 days to take the city, the money may have been better spent elsewhere. However, what it is most famous for is being the site of a succession of brutal prisons and concentration camps, first by the Lithuanian Republic, then the Soviets and finally the Nazi’s who used it as an extermination camp, mainly for political prisoners, but also Jews and Russian POW’s. This was not a concentration camp, the only reason for people being taken there was to be killed. In total over 50,000 people were murdered in less than 3 years by being shot, stabbed or beaten, unlike other camps where gas chambers were built to ‘sanitise’ the operation. A single breakout of 62 prisoners in 1944, before the final liquidation, where the only survivors and witnesses to the horrors inflicted within. Once the Soviets were back it was once again used as a prison camp and staging post for the deportation of ethnic Lithuanians to Siberia. Today, it forms the basis for a spectacular, beautiful and very moving museum and is towered over by a fantastic 40m high brutalist communist sculpture erected in 1984, which is an appropriately awe inspiring and amazing sight.

      Right next to the sculpture is a large green field, which is where 50,000 people are still buried and is marked by a simple memorial and a number of simple plaques from European cities where some of the murdered originally came from. One of my favourite rooms in the museum though was one devoted to those who harboured and protected enemies of the Nazi regime. Hundreds of portraits and a sentence describing their heroics, it was incredible moving and, surrounded by so much misery and horror, a fantastic and uplifting reminder of the personal courage and fortitude displayed by so many in the face of such overwhelming fear and brutality.
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