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Posted by Lolita on February 2, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Written by Gabriele Berzinyte

Places to visit in my area

I was born in Šilutės area and until now I live here. I think it is a really nice region because there are a lot of prominent places. About a few of them I will tell.

I think the most beautiful place in Šilutės area is Vente Cape. It is a peninsula near Curonian lagoon, very close to the mouth of the Nemunas river, south of the village Ventė. Ventės Cape is the most known for the bird ringing station. Sometimes you can observe about 300 thousand birds flying there per day!

In Vente Cape the views are beautiful both in winter and summer. In winter there is a lot of hummock. It looks really amazingly! In summer there you can see many different birds. It sounds great, right?

Some photos from Vente Cape:

Not less beautiful place in my area is the only island in Lithuania – Rusnės town. It is not a big town with small colored houses and cozy environment. Rusnė is located in the Nemunas river delta. There is a good bicycle track so you can ride by bicycle and visit ethnographic fisherman's farmstead, church.

In winter and spring there are often floods because there is a lot of water around. Some photos from Rusne

 

UNESCO Heritage - Curonian Spit

Posted by Lolita on January 31, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Written by E. Balnyte

Kuršių nerija National Park

Kuršių nerija, the Curonian Spit, is a narrow strip of sand stretching 97 kilometres along the Baltic Sea in western Lithuania. According to the legend, the spit was formed a long time ago by Neringa, a girl giant who poured the sandy peninsula into the Baltic Sea to protect the peaceful bay from the stormy sea and create an embankment for fishermen to live. Thus, today the eastern shores of the Curonian Spit are washed by the Curonian Lagoon, while the Baltic Sea washes the western ones.

Cultural and natural heritage of international significance: In 2000, the Curonian Spit cultural landscape was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Human habitation on this elongated sand dune peninsula dates back to prehistoric times. Throughout this period it has been threatened by the natural forces of wind and waves. Its survival to the present days has been made possible only as a result of ceaseless human efforts to combat the erosion of the Spit, dramatically illustrated by continuing stabilization and reforestation projects. Culture and traditions: The rich cultural heritage of the Curonian Spit includes fishing settlements that are considered valuable both from an ethno-cultural, historical and aesthetic point of view. There are architectural works of unique scale and archeological sites, mostly villages buried under the sand. Of special significance are the traditional grave markers known as krikstai. These are timber planks decorated with flowers, hearts and even animal motifs such as birds’ silhouettes.

Kuršių nerija National Park is an outstanding place that allows visitors to explore and get to know nature, culture and traditions in a way that is active and environmentally friendly. People of all nations and ages are warmly welcome!

Vilnius - the capital of Lithuania

Posted by Lolita on January 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Written by Neringa Mikutyte

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania. It was built at the confluence of the Neris and Vilnia rivers, surrounded by wooded hills. Vilnius was first mentioned in 1323, when the Grand Duke of Lithuania proclaimed it the capital of the country. Vilnius became one of the largest trade, industrial and cultural centers of the Europe in the 16th Century.

Vilnius is famous for it‘s historical past, monuments, churches and green surroundings. One of the most famous architectural monuments in Vilnius is Vilnius Cathedral, standing at the foot of Gediminas Hill. It was built on a place where the God of thunder was worshipped. Because of the frequent fires and wars Vilnius Cathedral was rebuilt many times. Just behind the Cathedral on the Castle Hill is located Gediminas Castle. The original wooden castle was built in the early 13th century by the founder of Vilnius Grand Duke Gediminas. The ancient legend about the foundation of the city says that Gediminas dreamt of an iron wolf on a hill and a pagan priest Lizdeika explained the dream as Gods will. The Gods wanted Gediminas to build a castle on this hill. Also in Vilnius are St Anne`s and Bernardine`s churches. St. Anne`s church is the most famous late Gothic building in Lithuania and Bernardine`s church is one of the largest Gothic churches in Lithuania.

What is more, Vilnius has the oldest university in the East Europe. It was founded by Jesuits in 1579 and for more than four centuries it has been the leading cultural and scientific centre in Lithuania.

Vilnius is a wonderful city. A day walking through the narrow, winding streets will give you a lot of impression. There is plenty to see. Masterpieces of local gothic, baroque and classicism, Gediminas Castle, folk art, museums, monuments of the Soviet Empire, restful cafes, swinging bars, modern night clubs, handsome and imposing restaurants will make you fall in love with this city.

 

Snt. Ann's church

Gediminas Castle