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Old March 25th, 2011, 10:27 PM   #21
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Trakai is a historic city and lake resort in Lithuania. It lies 28 km west of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Because of its proximity to Vilnius, Trakai is a popular tourist destination. Trakai is the administrative centre of Trakai district municipality. The town covers 11.52 km2 of area and, according to 2007 estimates, is inhabited by 5,357 people. A notable feature of Trakai is that the town was built and preserved by people of different nationalities. Historically, communities of Karaims, Tatars, Lithuanians, Russians, Jews and Poles lived here.




Trakai lake.







Trakų Salos Pilis.











Trakai village.











Trakai has got an etnic minority of Crimean Karaiten, original from Turkey. This is their temple of Kenesa:







The ruins of another castle, the Trakų Pusiasalio Pilis or Peninsula Castle.

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Old March 26th, 2011, 07:29 PM   #22
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Back to the city, where we find the artistic-anarchistic 'independent' Republiek Užupis.
Reminds me a bit of freestate Christiania in Copenhagen.











The constitution:



























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Old March 28th, 2011, 10:40 PM   #23
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A regional nature park at the borders of the River Neris, east of Vilinius.











Belmontas watermills.







Train to Minsk crossing the park.











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Old March 29th, 2011, 08:58 PM   #24
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In Vilnius we take the Intercity-train to Klaipéda, on the western shore of Lithuania.

Vilnius Gelezinkelio Stotis/trainstation:









A comfortable new train!..



But the locomotive fell out at Kaišiadorys...



The locomotive of a passing cargo-train 'saved' us!





After 7 hours we finally reach Klaipéda.





Klaipéda Stotis/trainstation:

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Old March 31st, 2011, 06:37 PM   #25
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And so we arrived at Klaipéda:

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Klaipėda is situated at the mouth of the Curonian Lagoon where it flows into the Baltic Sea. It is the third largest city in Lithuania and the capital of Klaipėda County.
The city has a complex recorded history, partially due to the strategic regional importance of the Port of Klaipėda, a usually ice-free port on the Baltic Sea.
The population shrank from 207,100 in 1992 to 187,442 in 2005.
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On the highest floor of this old bank office we hire a very nice and spacious flat at a very low price.





















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Old March 31st, 2011, 06:46 PM   #26
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Very nice. Any photos of that flat you stayed in? I always wondered what the interiors are like in those buildings.
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Old April 1st, 2011, 12:13 PM   #27
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Indeed those updates are also very nice
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 02:24 PM   #28
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Thanks again Christos!
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Any photos of that flat you stayed in?
No, I'm sorry. But it was a nice and renovated apartment with antique furniture. It belonged to a former, rich and symphatic Lithuanian sportsman.

More Klaipéda:



















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Old April 3rd, 2011, 02:25 AM   #29
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Wonderful photos! How long did it all this take? How long were you there?
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 10:18 PM   #30
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Wonderful photos! How long did it all this take? How long were you there?
Thanks! We've stayed in Lithuania for 2 weeks.
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Old April 4th, 2011, 09:43 PM   #31
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My pleasure!

We continue with Klaipéda from the Sovjet era.















The new Klaipéda:





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Old April 5th, 2011, 12:13 AM   #32
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Theres a fantastic Chinese restaurant in this building!
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Old April 5th, 2011, 08:59 PM   #33
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Are you sure?
It doesn't look like there's a Chinese restaurant in that building, but maybe there are just signs at the ground floor.



















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Old April 5th, 2011, 10:55 PM   #34
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Superb pics Benonie!
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Old April 7th, 2011, 09:26 AM   #35
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Thank you Joshsam!









Let's go to the harbour, the ferry and the important shipyard.:

























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Old April 10th, 2011, 11:19 PM   #36
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There's the ferry to the Curonian Spit!













Kuršių Nerija or 'Curonian Spit'. We cycle this UNESCO-heritage from Smiltyné in the north, to Nida on the Kaliningrad border.



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The Curonian Spit is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern portion lies within Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia and its northern within southwestern Lithuania
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Old April 11th, 2011, 05:26 AM   #37
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Nice
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Old April 13th, 2011, 06:40 AM   #38
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great shots of a beautiful city and the other parts as well.
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Old April 14th, 2011, 11:40 AM   #39
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Thanks guys!
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Old April 15th, 2011, 12:12 AM   #40
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You have done a remarkable job of capturing the spirit of the area - well done mate
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