Dunes, Amber, Boats and Forests on the Shores of Lithuania
As the day was drawing to its close I met the well-known amber hunter and guide Igor Osnač. After learning about this precious stone I set off with Igor to see if we could find some. He marched along the shore of the Baltic Sea looking for waves dark with sea weed while I trotted along beside him waiting to examine his ‘catch’ for pieces of amber ...
Juodkrantė and the Curious Curonian Spit
It is an extraordinary place. Leaving the sunny sea front I was soon deep in the forest with weird faces peering down at me. Some of the structures provide places to sit and enjoy the eerie beauty of the place. I particularly liked the bench being carried by two wooden figures. I had this weird feeling that if I came back the next day this bench would be in a different place ...
Nida on the unique Curonian Spit in Lithuania
Lithuanians love to explain natural phenomena through legends. The creation of this long, thin sand spit is attributed to the female giant Neringa. She was the beautiful, good and courageous daughter of the rulers of this land. Neringa would wade into the sea to carry distressed fishing vessels back to the shore. One day, when a violent storm was raging and the sea was throwing so much sand onto the shore it threatened to bury her parent’s castle. Neringa filled her apron time and again with sand from the sea bed to create an embankment …
Nerija Hotel in Nida, Lithuania
Hotel Nerija is located in a quiet street near the centre of Nida. Nida is the administrative centre of the municipality of Neringa on the Curonian Spit. The hotel is within walking distance of both the shore of the Curonian Lagoon on one side of town and the beaches that fringe the Baltic Sea on the other.
The Gradiali Hotel in Palanga, Lithuania
As I was only at the Gradiali Hotel for one night and, to be honest, more interested in a walk through the pine woods to the beach, I did not have time to try any of the many on offer therapies and treatments on offer. But I did have time to enjoy a very nice meal in the hotel restaurant. This was followed by a very good night’s sleep – it is really peaceful here.
Palanga, the Summer Capital of Lithuania
I had saved the best for last - Count Feliks’s most precious gift to Palanga, the splendid neo-renaissance Tiškevičius Palace - his family home which he built in 1897 in the sacred forest of Birutė where he married his wife, Antanina. He stored his universally admired private collection of amber here, a collection that Antanina gave to Kretinga Museum after his death. Although the palace was badly damaged during the First World War Count Feliks restored it to its former splendour ...
Some New Guided Travel Articles On GPSmyCity
During the past few months I have visited some really interesting and different destinations which I am sharing with you through some new guided travel articles that have just been released on GPSmyCity.
Klaipėda – A Celebration of Lithuania Minor
My first impression of the Lithuania town of Klaipėda was one of space, light and lovely buildings. This thriving port, the fourth largest, on the Baltic Sea has emerged from two major disasters, a great fire in 1854 and the devastation of the Second World War to become an attractive, interesting town with some unusual and unique attractions ...
A Memorable Day in Boulogne sur Mer
Boulogne sur Mer, known as the capital of the Opal Coast, is an extraordinary French town in the department of Pas de Calais. It is unusual because the clear divide between its fishing port, the most important in France, and its historic old town offers the visitor two completely different experiences in the same day. Then there is a third aspect, the huge National Sea Centre named Nausicaà …
La Matelote Hotel - Magnifique
La Matelote on the sea front of Boulogne sur Mer in Pas de Calais, Northern France is a family-run hotel and restaurant combined. It offers excellent food in its Michelin Star restaurant and a warm welcome in its cosy hotel. The unusual furnishings feature some beautiful modern interpretations of La Matelote, the fisherman’s wife who, traditionally, wore a distinctive head dress. This acknowledgement of a local tradition is a source of pride to the hotel owners, father and son, Tony and Stellio Lestienne.