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Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas » Kaunas June 24th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! As I mentioned yesterday I would spend this day following the traces of a genuine hero that I expect all to few know about, the name of that hero is Chiune Sugihara. For you that haven't heard of him before, he was a Japanese diplomat that was sent to Lithuania in 1939. When Hitler rose to power and invaded Poland a lot of Jews realised where the winds where blowing and fled to Lithuania, set on fleeing through Russia to the Dutch colonies where they would be safe. There was only one problem, to get an exit VISA from Russia they were required to have a transit VISA for Japan since Japan occupied Manchuria at the time. Hundreds of Jewish refugees showed up at the Japanese embassy, desperate to receive a VISA. ... read more
Sugihara Family
Sugiharos Namai
VISA for Life

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas » Kaunas June 23rd 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! After an early start, that involved an unexpected radio interview about couch surfing and travelling, I fled the Swedish Midsummer's festivities in favour if the Lithuanian Summer Solstice festivities. I will be staying for two days in Kaunas with Paulius and Rūta whom stayed with me a couple of years ago. Unfortunately we only got to meet briefly as they are going to their home village 100 km away from here but they are kind enough to lend me their apartment while I'm here. From here I will continue to Vilnius where I will stay with a new girl but also meet up with Roberta who also stayed with me last year. Today I mainly just walked around in central Kaunas with a short break together with Paulius, Rūta and Rūta's sister ... read more
Romas Kalanta Memorial
Lovely Dinner
Šv. Arkangelo Mykolo Bažnyčia

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas » Kaunas June 16th 2017

De 1920 à 1940, Kaunas fut capitale de la Lituanie indépendante, alors que Vilnius était en Pologne. Elle fut annexée par l’Union soviétique, en vertu du pacte germano-soviétique de 1939, puis occupée par les nazis entre 1941 et 1944 qui l’abandonnèrent à l’arrivée de l’u... read more
jolie église sur notre chemin
arrêt d'autobus sur l'autoroute...
trop bon !

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas » Kaunas June 2nd 2013

This blog entry is coming to you from Kaunas, Lithuania, but it isn't supposed to. It is supposed to be coming from Minsk, Belarus, a place that I have this strange obsession about visiting. My original plan was to take an overnight train from St Petersburg to Minsk before flying out of Vilnius, Lithuania, which is only a two hour bus ride from Minsk and from where there are cheap flights back to London. Four days before I left the UK for Russia however, the Belarusian embassy in London put paid to Plan A - I had applied for the cheaper "transit" visa for my visit to Belarus which would have allowed me in the country for 48 hours, but my application was refused on the basis that there is no physical need to go through ... read more
Kryžių Kalnas
Cool Cross
Lithuanian Countryside

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas » Kaunas September 7th 2011

An diesem Tag habe ich einen ausgiebigen Spaziergang durch Kaunas gemacht. Ich war am Marktplatz, bei der Burg Kaunas, etwas in der Fußgängerzone und anschließend noch auf einem Berg am anderen Flussufer von wo ich einen guten Ausblick hatte.... read more
Burg Kaunas.
Kirche in Kaunas.
Blick auf Kaunas.

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas » Kaunas September 6th 2011

An diesem Tag habe ich mir morgens das ehemalige Stadtzentrum von Königsberg mit dem Dom und der alten Börse angesehen. Viel mehr ist auch nicht mehr übrig. Das neue russische Zentrum hat mich nicht interessiert und es war auch weiter vom Hotel entfernt. Am Nachmittag habe ich auf den Bus nach Kaunas gewartet und bin dort abends angekommen.... read more
Königsberger Dom.
Immanuel Kant-Denkmal.
Alte Börse.




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