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Europe » Lithuania » Palanga May 5th 2015

Day 5 - Gizycko to Palanga The day before, on leaving Wolfsschanze, we had noticed signs for another smaller bunker that also promised the chance to see a U-boat and a V-2 rocket. It was close to our rented apartment in Gizycko, so we headed there in the morning before our 7 hour drive to the Lithuanian beach resort of Palanga. Now called Mauerwald, it was set up as a basic museum, with shop window mannequins dressed in German uniforms posing next to pieces of WWII equipment and weaponry. There were no information boards or descriptions at all, though seeing a 3 dial enigma machine was interesting. There was also, totally out of place, a representation of the Amber Room. An astonishingly valuable treasure, the room was stolen by Nazis but never found after the war. ... read more
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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius May 4th 2015

Heute bin ich den ganzen Tag in Vilnius herumgelaufen und haben die wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten besichtigt.... read more
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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius May 3rd 2015

kR + k Da ich nicht die Autobahn entlang brauste, dauerte die Fahrt den ganzen Tag, war aber auch sehr interessant. Die ersten 100 km und mehr war das Land kaum überm Meeresspiegel, so 10 m, alles flach. Dann kamen die Endmoränenwälle und mit ihnen Steigungen und Kurven. Ich habe festgestellt, dass seit Hannover Endmoränenwälle groß mitspielen im Motorradleben... Kiefernwälder mit einigen Birken, Straßenzustand wechselt von perfekt zu Imperfekt (weil voller Spurrillen und sehr uneben), alle Straßen, die von der Hauptstraße abzweigen sind ungeteert. Störche, die meditativ am Nestrand sitzen und sich überlegen, ob sie heuer schon genug aufgebaut haben oder of noch was drauf muss - manche Nestbauten sind 1 Meter hoch. Kaunas: War früher Hauptstadt (1920 - 39), ist mit 350.000 E die zweitgrößte Stadt des Landes, ein Wirtschafts- und Handelszentrum. Ich bin nur ... read more
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Europe » Lithuania » Klaipeda May 2nd 2015

Klaipeda - Nidda 125 km Wetterbericht: zuerst: kR, sk, Mittag: sR + sk, Nachmittag: kR + sk (5-7°C) Als erstes brauchte ich Geld, die lokale Währung. Überall standen die Preise in Euro und in litauischem Irgendwas, aber sicher haben die noch keinen Euro, oder? Ich überprüfe bei einem Währungsrechner im Internet - es gibt einen tagesaktuellen Kurs von Euro zu litauischem Irgendwas. Also ein Loch in der Wand muss her. Die Rezeptionsfee schickte mich zu “dem großen Platz, da ist das Casino, da gibt’s ATM.”. Nur war der große Platz nicht wirklich auffindbar. Ich kreuzte durch Klaipeda, sah auch gleich alle Sehenswürdigkeiten, aber weder Casino noch Bank noch ATM. An einer Ampel erfuhr ich dann, dass es in einem Einkaufszentrum einen ATM geben soll. Das ist wahrscheinlich völlig richtig, aber gegenüber war auch eine Bank. Beim ... read more
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Europe » Lithuania May 1st 2015

Es regnet und ist saukalt Ich träumte (nun schon zum zweiten Mal), dass Brigitte mit mir fährt und - jetzt kommt’s - dass sie mein Zahnbürstel benützt. Und statt dies einfach stillschweigend zu tun, erwähnt sie es auch noch jedes Mal und irgendwas gefällt ihr daran nicht. Dass sie im Traum mitfährt ist nicht verwunderlich, wir sind schon einige Monate zusammen gereist, aber das mit dem Zahnbürstel beunruhigt mich schon. Ich werde ihr daheim sofort ein eigenes schenken. Ich bin deshalb so empört, weil ich mir dieses Interdental Riesenbürsterl schwer erkauft habe, mit 4,5 Std beim Zahnarzt, die Bürste war das Abschiedsgeschenk. Und das will ich einfach nicht teilen.... Frühstück nahrhaft und fett - Fernfahrer geeignet aber nicht unbedingt köstlich. Zwischen Frühstück und Mittagessen konnte ich im Restaurant sitzen bleiben, aber jetzt bin ich beim Fernseher, ... read more
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Europe » Lithuania October 29th 2014

Only last few hours left before our first flight (Vilnius-Barcelona) towards Lima and it finally starts feeling like we are going to South America! Yeaah! This time I am travelling with my friend Vente, everyone says South America is quite dangerous, so I guess travelling in two is always safer. And more fun of course :-) So let's mental check of what's needed to be taken/done: -> Vaccination from dengue fever - done -> Valid passport – check -> Bank debit cards + usd in cash – check -> Photo camera + phone (with credit) + notebook – check -> mosquito repellent with 100% deet + sun block – check -> to learn Spanish – mmmm… ok so we will have 17 hours flight in total + overnight at Spanish host, so I can assume it ... read more

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius September 17th 2014

Friday 12 Sep – Vilnius The clouds have gone and the sun has returned and we’re back to 23C with blue skies. Perfect burning weather for me! Our hotel last night was excellent. Tiki Inn, run by a local family who have travelled the world and decided to run a hotel/hostel from their house in Paluse. The rooms were plush, it was whisper quiet and overlooked one of the many lakes in that area. Dwayne and I especially liked their dog, Vella. She was very friendly and cute! We had a quick look around the lakes and wished we’d had more time but alas, we had to get to Vilnius. As it was, we were over an hour late for our rendezvous with the apartment agent. Luckily for us, apartment owners are very understanding over here ... read more
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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius September 5th 2014

Jonava in central Lithuania, and Vilnius the capital of Lithuania, 3 September - Happy birthday to my 89 year old Dad xx What a fantastic day we had - riding around the capital of Lithuania on a segway....please read on: Leaving the west coast of Lithuania, we drove 220km east to the large industrial and cross-roads city of Kaunas but skirted its perimeter as we wanted to head north to Jonava. This city, named after John, which makes St. John's Day, the biggest national holiday very special in Lithuania. A quirky town with vintage industrial buildings and structures, and a modern factory away from the city itself. It has a number of oblong lakes and the River Neris running through it which they have landscaped with beautiful walk ways and cycle paths. We went for a ... read more
Vilnius capital of Lithuania 3 Sept - our Segway adventure (3)
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Europe » Lithuania » Klaipeda September 2nd 2014

Klaipeda and Palanga in Lithuania 2 September 2014 We crossed the Latvia/Lithuania border about 11.00am and reached Palanga which is a popular seaside resort at the Baltic sea. Palanga has a beach, but it is very crowded in summer, since all Lithuanians come to their short coastline. It was quiet when we got there as all the children had gone back to school and it was Tuesday. There was an amber museum which is prevalent in Latvia and Lithuania but we didn't visit it. When we walked down the pedestrian mall, Basanavicius street which is the focal point of Palanga. Along this street can be found most of the town's bars, restaurants, nightclubs, funfairs and souvenir shops. It continues to the Pier on the beach. Just before the beach started, there were some bench seats positioned ... read more
Curonian Spit - 100kms long one third in Lithuania and 2 thirds in Russia - fishing boat outdoor museum (2)
Curonian Spit - 100kms long one third in Lithuania and 2 thirds in Russia - fishing boat outdoor museum (4)
Curonian Spit - 100kms long one third in Lithuania and 2 thirds in Russia - forest on the edge of the big sand dune

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius August 29th 2014

Blog for the 23rdonwards Phew, what a mammoth couple of days. Putting my feet up in Vilnius (in the dry) has presented the first chance to fully unwind since I’ve left Riga. The last time I spoke to you I was unequivocally pessimistic about the chances of seeing the Old Town of Riga at all. With prompting and prodding from both mum and dad to brave the weather I decided to take the chance, and without a doubt I am glad I did. I had such a great afternoon wandering the cobblestoned streets of Riga and looking at all the grandeur of the architecture mixed with the delicacy of the decoration. The Russian Orthodox Church was a particular highlight despite the fact that I wasn’t actually able to enter due to the fact that I was ... read more




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