Jul 21

A ROMANTIC VACATION IN VILNIUS (VILNIUS)

With its elegant towers and charming cobblestone streets, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, provides the perfect setting for a holiday full of romance. You will remain speechless at the sight of great architecture and wonderful parks of Vilnius, you’ll dance all night in the numerous trendy clubs and you will let romance blossom into a city full of baroque beauty.

The city’s decorum will remind you of one of those fascinating classic movies and you will be lured into its atmosphere; you can sip champagne while you cross the sky above the lovely city in a hot air balloon. The tour begins in downtown Vilnius, and includes a romantic dinner at sunset.

Vilnius city from horseback! Enjoy a ride on horseback through the city or the surrounding rural areas full of greenery. You are being offered organized tours, and horses can be rented from various local farms at the edge of the city. Perhaps this game will be a romantic inspiration for acts of gallantry, complemented by images of knights in shining armor.

What does a night downtown look like? Get ready for a romantic evening with music and elegant dance movements offered by the National Ballet of Vilnius. If you want a little more modern fun,buy your ticket at one of the many theaters here and be a spectator of Lithuanian classical dramas.

While in Lithuania, take an artistic walk through the beautiful city of Joneikiškių which is filled with museums, such as the amazing, original and absolutely delightful outdoor Contemporary Art Museum. The silence of this place and interesting exhibitions that are organized here will make this trip an infusion of culture that any visitor will benefit from.

Romance on roller blades: whether you are just discovering love or you just want to lighten up the flame, go to Roller Club, where party people put the roller blades on and fill the dance floor – these are safe ingredients for a night of fun and play together with your loved one.

Walking through town

Take a walk and admire the elegance of Gediminas Avenue, as you sink into a special atmosphere given by the history of this romantic city. Make a visit to the cathedrals whose grandeur will take your breath away and let yourself lost in a world whose rich cultural heritage is complemented by its magnificent architecture.

Crown your glorious adventure with a luxurious experience at Crowne Plaza downtown; relax in one of its decadent apartments. After a day of tourist explorations, an intimate dinner accompanied by dreamy views that see the top-floor restaurant Horizon and followed by immersion in a luxurious jacuzzi, will truly Lithcreate an unforgettable atmosphere.

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May 16

Nida, the colorful town in Lithuania

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Lithuania is a country that has so much to offer to its tourists, from impressive museums to beautiful beaches where to relax and reconnect with nature. Nida is a destination only 48 km away from Klaipeda. Nida it is a town where calm and peace are the main ingredients for the general atmosphere.

Here you should not miss seeing Parnidis, a dune of 52m height. It is a destination for romantic tourists; from here they can observe and immortalize the sun rising and the sunset from and into the sea. Close to this area, there is a lighthouse of 29,3 m height located on the Urbas hill. The existence of this lighthouse makes the navigation and orientation on the sea much easier for many sailors.

In Nida is worth visiting the Lutheran Church with its ethnographical cemetery. Most of the tombs are made of wood and they display interesting shapes of horse heads, plants or birds.

Everybody read and heard about Thomas Mann. Nida gives you the opportunity to visit the historical museum dedicated to this writer. The museum it is actually the cottage where the author lived during his life.

Nida it is a versatile town where entertainment can be experienced in so many ways. Taking a stroll on the paths in natural reserves and dunes or spending a day out on the sea yachting are common things that a tourist might want to try while he is in Nida. Another way to enjoy the surroundings is to rent a bicycle and take advantage of the great infrastructure built especially for this sport. Water tourism is much wanted in Nida. The sea is there to be explored if you decide to rent a boat. If fishing is in your blood, then Nida is the place to be. Here they have special regions where you can fish or you can participate in amateur fishing contests. Bird lovers are coming from all over Europe for bird watching during their migration season. Even in winter there is something that can attract a curious tourist to try the sport of sailing the ice with Ice-Blokart, as it is called the special sledge used for this activity.

The annual jazz festival might be another reason for you to visit Nida. The museums are another important attraction in Nida. As it is the fisherman’s ethnographic museum or the gallery-museum of amber.

The activities here are so diverse that one thing is sure when you come to Nida, you have no time to waste because there is so much to be seen, discovered, explored and experienced.

May 16

Klaipeda, Lithuania

 en.wikipedia.orgIf you visit Lithuania then it is a must to go and see the only port there, Klaipeda. This is the place where you can discover little souvenir treasures during sea festivals, or where you can admire beautiful artifacts at the Sea Museum. The little beaches around the port are the delight of this area.

It is known that the city has been built in 1252 by the Teutonic Knights. Even if Klaipeda has an area called the Old Town, the buildings are actually new from 19th and 20th century, residential and of Soviet inspiration buildings, most of the ancient ones were destroyed by the fire of 1854.

To get an idea how the city looked like before, you have the choice to visit the Lithuania Minor Museum (Mazosios Lietuvos) situated on Didzioji Street where a display of photos are reconstituting the atmosphere from back in the days.

To get a glimpse of how the city buildings looked like in 1250, you can visit the ruins of the Klaipeda (Memel) Castle build by the Teutonic Knights. There is not much left of them, but you can still feel the breath of that time. For a modern kick, there is the option to visit the modern museum inside.

A truly romantic view it is offered by the pedestrian swing bridge, built in the 19th century on the Dane River. The bridge is lifted manually by two dockworkers 15 minutes of every hour to let the ships pass. The other 45 minutes are dedicated to pedestrian use and tourists can immortalize beautiful memories here.

Different events about ships are taking place on the cruise ship terminal. Here is the stop for many Baltic cruises as well. If photography is your passion than you will love to use the red brick port warehouses in that area as a source of inspiration.

In the Southern part of the Old Town tourists can walk through a large square called Turgaus (Market). Different pavilions are displaying different products to buy and taste, from fresh fruits to vegetables.

The Turgaus Square it is the place that marks the limit of the Old Town on the South part. From here it starts the suburb of Baltikalne. In this area, tourists are attracted to a building from 1960, known as Our Lady of Peace. This church and the beautiful tower have an interesting story. The church has been built based only on donations (during a period of economic struggle) and thanks to the hard work of volunteers. At that time the Soviet government apparently allowed people to build it, but after the construction was finished they arrested the builders and nationalized the church. After a while, they demolished the tower and a concert hall was constructed instead. In the 1988 the tower has been rebuilt.

No matter if you decide to visit Klaipeda for its ships, museums or beautiful beaches, the history of the town will win your heart and turn your staying into a great adventure.

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May 12

LITHUANIA, A PICTURESQUE AND WARM COUNTRY ON THE BALTIC SHORE (LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKA)

Lithuania was the last country in Europe which adopted Christianity in 1387, and the first country of the former Soviet republics that declared independence in 1990.

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A small country hidden in a corner of Europe, near the Baltic Sea, Lithuania is the largest of the Baltic States but has the smallest coastline. Many connaisseurs state that both the surface of almost 65,000 square kilometers and population of about 3.4 million are similar to Ireland.

Located at the confluence of rivers Neris and Vilnia, Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, it is one of the most visited cities in Eastern Europe. The Old Town, a Baroque masterpiece, was included on the list of protected UNESCO in 1994. A while ago, Vilnius was named “Little Rome”, “Northern Athens” or “northern Jerusalem.” Here you can see about 40 different churches and architectural styles, building authentic Gothic, Renaissance, with classic features that have survived very well over time.

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Old Vilnius is small and cozy. Narrow streets and passages steps take you into the world of gardens decorated with flowers, churches and museums. It would be better to start your journey from “Dawn Gate”. The graceful painting of Holy Virgin Mary is the main attraction for believers worldwide. Going down the street Pilies and passing the town hall you have the opportunity to visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.

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Ask for the Artists’ Wall, which displays more than 100 wood, ceramic or glass plates decorated with information about domestic and foreign writers who visited Vilnius and found it the perfect place to write. Then take a moment to stop and listen to songs of the street musicians wandering through the maze of streets.

Among many other interesting things to do in your visit, discover the unforgettable summer experience – rustling sea and hot sand – in the Lithuanian oasis named the Curonian Isthmus. It was included in UNESCO in 2000 as one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe.

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The stretch of sand that enters gently into the sea contains some picturesque fishing villages such as Juodkrantė, Pervalka and Nida. The narrow and elongated peninsula, washed by the waters of the Baltic Sea and Lagoon Curoniene reminds us of a desert. The locals named it Kursiu Nerija. Im 2000. it was included on the list of UNESCO heritages as one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe. The stretch of sand that emerges gently into the sea contains some picturesque fishing villages such as Juodkrantė, Pervalka and Nida.

Juodkrantė is worth visiting for its keys and piers, old restored cottage-style villas and the fishermen\s houses surrounded by beautiful gardens. Herons Hill / Garnių Kalnas is the home of one of the largest colonies of gray herons in Europe.

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Nida is blessed with a large number of sunny days per year. A unique feature of this place is the presence of wind vanes that were used to mark the membership of certain crafts to each village. The 2 km Pardinis route, starting from the Valley of Silence (Tylos Slenis) and passes by the lighthouse of Nida, is the largest Lithuanian coast.

The trail meanders to the point of observation from Pardinis, a popular attraction of the Curonian Isthmus; here you can admire the Baltic Sea and the lagoon together, while letting yourself mesmerized by the beauty of the sunsets and feel the unique chemistry of the two bodies of water.

The Naglai natural Reservation, an uncommon setting of moving dunes, stretches nine kilometers – from Juodkrantė to Pervalka.

Curonian Isthmus is a unique experience: rent a villa where you can find shelter against the desert wind coming from the dunes, swim in the Baltic waves and taste the fish caught by local fishermen: bream, bream and eel and you’ll realize why this place has become so popular among tourists.