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  • Day1078

    Vilkija, Nemunas River

    June 9, 2019 in Lithuania ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Martha is once again overlooking the Nemunas River although her surroundings are decidedly more urban than last night's stop. A grassy park shaded by mature trees sits to our left and in front of us, in place of a bridge, a small, flatbed ferry takes cars, bicycles and people across the water. The parking area is large enough for about 10 vehicles and its surface is cobbled with rounded, uneven stones of different colours.

    The sun was still blazing when we first arrived, with temperatures reaching 29°C in the shade and 35°C otherwise. With its twin towered church (typical of this region), the town of Vilkija looked as if it might be interesting to explore but after this morning's excursions to Raudonės Castle and the viewpoint we didn't have the energy to climb the hill, so Will joined 20 or so bathers on the sandy beach while Vicky relaxed in the van.

    Come evening time we were grateful for the cooling breeze that picked up and after depositing our overflowing recycling in the large bins for plastic, glass and cardboard, we took a stroll along the grassy riverbank, keeping moving so as not to get caught up in the hords of flies. The sun was setting behind us, silhouetting the ferry and painting an orange light onto the woodland edge as it curved round a meander ahead.
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