Naujamiestis (Kaunas)

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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 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 9


      July 31, 2023 in Lithuania ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Kurze Fahrt mit der Fähre auf die Kurische Nehrung, einem Schwertförmigen Sandstück, das parallel zur Südküste Litauens verläuft. Besuch des Hexenbergs und Nida. Fahrt zurück nach Klaipėda und kurze Besichtigung der Innenstadt. Erste Autobahnfahrt zum Tagesziel Kaunas, der 2. grössten Stadt Litauens (ca. 300'000 Einwohner).Read more

    • Day 6

      A Lazy Morning

      October 20, 2023 in Lithuania ⋅ ☁️ 3 °C

      It's another lazy morning for me anyway. As Jayne helped Pat, I went back to the Church of St, Michael thee Archangel, to take a few photographs 📸 📷 from a different perspective. I also noticed that it was open to the public , so I went. In 1895, Russian Czar Alexander III ordered construction of the Orthodox Cathedral for the Kaunas fortress garrison, as a representational structure, expressing luxury and official status The Sobor was designed by Russian architects and decorated by Petersburg artists. In 1919, it was transformed into a Catholic St. Michael the Archangel church garrison. In 1965, the church became a stained glass and sculpture gallery. After the restoration of independence, the St. Michael, the Archangel Catholic Church, is now operating again, and once again, the once removed crosses are raised high. ⛪️Read more

    • Day 2

      Monday Morning Stroll 🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️🚶‍♀️

      October 16, 2023 in Lithuania ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania, located in the central part of the country, where rivers Nemunas and Neris meet. Vilnius, the capital, is some 100 km away. Borders with Poland and Russia (Kaliningrad Region) are not too far away either.
      After a very nice but leisurely breakfast, the three of us set out to find our bearings🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️🚶‍♀️and see what Kaunas has to offer. It didn't take us long after turning right out of the hotel, right at the next main road, and then right again to walk straight up to the Church of St. Michael the Archangel, which is the building we can see from our hotel room. Keeping watch on the Cathedral is Man; a modern sculpture, symbolizing freedom and liberation. Leading up to the square is the Laisvės Alėja (literally Liberty Boulevard or Liberty Avenue), which is a prominent pedestrian street in the city of Kaunas. It stretches between the St. Michael the Archangel's Byzantine-style church to the Central Post Office and Tadas Ivanauskas Zoological Museum around the Kaunas Old Town, the oldest section of Kaunas. For a long time, it was the main commercial district of Kaunas. Stretching for 1.6 kilometres (1 mile), Laisvės Alėja is the longest pedestrian street in Eastern Europe. Motor vehicles can not travel along Laisvės Alėja, but they can cross it at intersections with other streets where motor traffic is permitted. The boulevard is separated into two walkways by a median strip lined with linden trees. A short walk down is the City Fountain. One of the main highlights of Kaunas was reborn just a few months ago. The water source installed 40 years ago, when the street was converted to a pedestrian boulevard, still fascinates passers-by and, according to the builders, is currently one of the most modern fountains in Lithuania, with a cooling “fog” effect and music system all controlled remotely. Try as I might, every time I tried to film the fountain in all its glory, it stopped. It was almost if someone was watching!!
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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 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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