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Panevėžys

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  • Day1098

    Camping in Pajiesmeniai

    June 29 in Lithuania ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    We feel right at home here in this little campsite! Daiva and Kees have created a welcoming space for campers in what is effectively their garden. Set within the village of Pajiesmeniai, their lawn pitches are surrounded by pink shrub roses and other bushes, allowing us (and their neighbours) some privacy.

    As Martha trundled down the narrow drive (helpfully adorned with a painted tent, motorhome and corresponding arrows) we were greeted warmly and told we could have our pick of places as everyone had just left. Each pitch had an upright log with a number made out of colourful plastic bottle tops.

    Daiva and Kees gave us the guided tour of facilities which included a gazebo with a book and information leaflet exchange, a couple of shower and toilet rooms, dish washing sinks, a washing machine and clothes lines (yey!), waste water and toilet emptying, fresh water, bins and full recycling facilities, including composting! It may seem odd, but a compost bin is one of the things we really miss from our old lives! Another thing we miss is growing our own food, so it was lovely to see the fruits, vegetables and salads being grown at the campsite. We were even given a small bowl of freshly picked cherries and encouraged to pick our own!

    Daiva told us she never threw anything away and indeed, there were artfully placed curios indoors and out. Pottery jugs covered the ends of branches, keys were screwed to the outside of a door and spoons hung from wooden beams. We really loved the feel of the place.

    Inside the old wooden barn, the downstairs area had been transformed into a small museum of the communist era, with old radios and toys lining the shelves. Daiva apologised for the fact that it was roped off; she was in the process of creating a mosaic floor from oddments of tile they had been collecting! The space also hosted a wet weather area for those in tents to relax. A cupboard displayed knitted garments and a table held 1kg tubs of honey for sale, both made by friends of the owners.

    We were told about of the nearby shop and advised to look carefully for it, as like many Lithuanian businesses, it did not advertise itself. Will picked up some bread for lunch then took his fishing gear to the lake a few hundred metres away while Vicky made use of the washing machine and caught up with some blogging.

    The following day was 30°C +, so we took a slow, morning walk around the lake, well it was supposed to be a round route but after we'd passed the beach, the play park and crossed the small dam, we were faced with a 'private' sign a small distance away from someone's house. Our map showed a footpath beside the lake but after a while it petered out and we were forced to retrace our steps. During the afternoon we really appreciated being able to wind the awning out, sit in the shade and take frequent cool dips under the shower (Vicky) or lake (Will). We even ate tea al fresco watching the swifts flying expertly against the backdrop of a rich blue sky.

    Having been referred to the camping website, Vicky spent time scrolling through its pages, picking up some useful information about points of interest and learning that Daiva and Kees also own an organic farm. This got us thinking. We'd looked into volunteering for WWOOF Lithuania (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), but decided against it because of Vicky's poor health. We returned to the WWOOF online info about the 5 participating farms and sure enough, Daiva and Kees' biography was there!

    We brought this up when checking out the following morning. The couple had hosted 44 WWOOFers in their time, but had taken a few years off, as the role of host can be very demanding. We paid for our stay (€15pn), our use of the washing machine (€3 a go) and a 1kg tub of Spring honey (€8). Servicing the van and signing the visitor book, we left with the strong urge to return the next time we visit the Baltics!
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  • Day1102

    Bradesių Stovyklavietė + Sartai Tower

    July 3 in Lithuania ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Another day, another free lakeside campsite in this incredible country! With a fortnight left in Lithuania we've plotted a route, with a plan to loop around the north eastern and eastern borders with Latvia and Belarus, before re-entering Poland.

    Tonight's site has dedicated pitches for caravans and motorhomes and we can't quite believe we are the only ones here! The electricity supply is turned off but there are fresh water taps and disposal points. Down the small slope in front of us is a floodlit football pitch, then a line of trees before the sandy shore of Lake Sartai. There are covered picnic tables, a changing screen for bathers and a floating jetty from which Will can fish.

    We stayed three nights and each evening a stork would circle and land in the white clover between us and the trees. Being as subtle as a bird its size can be, it crept through the grass, looking for tasty morcels, freezing, then striking with its long red beak. The weather was changeable with bright sunshine one moment and a thunderous downpour the next. We even had a sleet shower! Needless to say the central heating has been turned back on for what seems like the first time in ages!

    Will spent some hours studying online maps of the local area and found Bradesių ąžuolo, an ancient oak tree just a kilometre away, which we visited on one of the days. Another attraction, Sartai Observation Tower, lay a couple of kilometres over the water, although 7km away by road. We'd hoped to canoe there but the wind and Vicky's energy levels conspired against us, so we visited in the van on the way to our next stopover.

    Following a narrow, unsurfaced track, we arrived at a small car park, with an information board saying this was a private instalment. A woodland path lead us to the 36m high, green metal tower in the middle of a clearing. A staircase spiralled round a central pole, leading to 5 platforms. We weren't sure whether to feel comforted by the fact there were guy ropes that secured the structure, or worried that they were being tugged at as the tower was buffeted to and fro by the wind! The views from the top of the swaying structure were great. A glacial formation, Sartai Lake is the 4th largest in Lithuania, hosts 7 islands and is comprised of many 'fingers' leading into the main water body. Back in the car park we popped a donation in the box; we want to make sure those guy ropes are well maintained!
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  • Day13

    13. Tag, Raudsilla -> Riga -> Litauen

    June 27 in Lithuania ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Aktuell gefahrene Strecke 6.150 km seit Start in Hamburg.
    Nach extrem feuchter Nacht, sowohl als auch, sind wir gegen halb 11 Richtung Tagesaufgabe gestartet.
    Es galt ein in einem See versunkenes, ehemaliges Gefängnis zu finden.
    Tallinn kennen wir und haben es deshalb nicht besucht.
    Das versunkene Gefängnis von Rummu konnten wir nach kurzer Suche gut finden. Es liegt in einem ehemaligen Tagebau Bereich. Hier wurden hauptsächlich Insassen des Gefängnisses eingesetzt. Durch das Abstellen der Pumpen bei der Beendigung des Abbaus von Marmor, stieg der Wasserstand so schnell an, dass man keine Zeit mehr hatte Gebäude und größere Maschinen abzubauen. Unter Wasser steht sogar noch ein Bagger. Baden und Snorkeln haben wir jedoch ausgelassen. Es regnet leider noch immer.
    Jetzt haben wir, schon in Litauen einen kleinen, familiär geführten Campingplatz erreicht und unser Lager gerichtet. Da das Zelt heute morgen naß in den Sack musste, war es zwingend notwendig heute zu campen. Mufft trotzdem schon ein wenig.
    Die Baltics gefallen uns sehr gut.
    Man merkt sofort, dass man wieder in der EU ist. Bis auf wenige Ausnahmen ist der „Charme“ der Sowjetischen Zeit verschwunden. Sicherlich auch mit Hilfe von EU Subventionen. Gut angelegt, wie wir finden.
    Wie eigentlich überall im Skandinavischen und auch russischen Raum ist es auch hier alles blitzsauber.
    Man merkt trotzdem, dass die Länder besser funktionieren, als der äußerste Nord-westliche Zipfel Russlands. Hier ist Leben drin und irgendwie strahlt alles mehr.
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  • Day14

    Goodby Lettland

    March 8 in Lithuania ⋅ 🌬 9 °C

    Nach einer ruhigen Nacht mit erholsamen Schlaf ging es mit Sonnenschein und 8 Grad Plus weiter Richtung Heimat ☀️😁.

    Auf der Suche nach einer Werkstatt, wurden wir irgendwann fündig und warfen unsere Stacheln 🦔 ab. Der Auspuff hält bis jetzt, konnten aber noch nicht richtig nachschauen, da wir noch keine Werkstatt mit funktionierender Hebebühne gesichtet haben 🧐😮

    ..... Auf durch Litauen 🇱🇹
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  • Day14

    Natur pur in Litauen

    March 7 in Lithuania ⋅ 🌬 7 °C

    In Litauen 🇱🇹 gibt es sie noch, die unberührt Natur.

    In den Ländern, in denen es den Menschen (zu) gut geht, fangen sie an die Natur zu organisieren.
    In Litauen haben die Mensch noch mit sich und Ihrem Land zu tun, da ist Natur noch natürlich.

    Im Sommer oder Winter muss es hier wunderschön sein, 5*C Tauwetter sind in keinem Land schön🤓Read more

  • Day14

    Litauen

    March 7 in Lithuania ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

    Willkommen in Litauen 🇱🇹

    Litauen ist der südlichste der drei europäischen Baltikumsstaaten. Die ehemalige Sowjetrepublik grenzt an Polen, Lettland und Weißrussland.

    Das Bruttoinlandsprodukt (BIP) lag 2015 bei 37,2 Mrd. Euro,das BIP pro Kopf bei 13.282 Euro, zum Vergleich Deutschland liegt bei ca. 51.000 Euro pro Kopf.Read more

  • Day15

    Litouwen

    June 20 in Lithuania ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We zijn vanmorgen vanaf Riga door laatste stukje Letland
    Heen gereden, om nu onze weg te gaan vervolgen door Litouwen. De grenzen zijn open en kunnen lekker door tuffen. Nog 3 keer goed nagedacht om 100 km Kalinigrad aan te doen. Maar dan zijn wij heel veel tijd kwijt jammer maar helaas. Het is bijna technisch niet mogelijk om dat vol te houden. We hebben prachtig mooi weer onderweg en er is veel te bekijken. Zoveel verschil in landjes of verschillen van mensen en vooral verkeer. Kopke er goed bij. Wordt vervolgt 💪💪Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Panevėžys, Panevezys, Panevėžio Apskritis

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