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Klaipeda, 19th & 20th.
As we were leaving Riga the sun started to come out, but after a 5 hour bus drive into Lithuania the weather not only turned back into heavy clouds and early teen-temperatures but it also started bucketing down. Thank goodness it let up by the time we had to do the fifteen minute walk to the hotel, Litinterp.
There's a lot to be said for travelling in the off season.
That first day we got in at about ...
... Order for centuries. Many great leaders of the Catholic order resided there. Also many battles took place there. A lot of the information was about the restoration after World War II. So much damage was done to the building they were thinking about complete destroying it and starting from scratch but when there are paintings from the 13th century inside, that just is not an option. They have done a beautiful job with the restoration but I wish they would have left some of the ...
... sleep the Poles finally surrendered and were treated like heroes for it. They still got sent to camps but Anna said they were nice camps. The battle was what I found the most interesting today. We also learned that the Gdansk people wanted to stay German so they closed down the port which forced a new port to be built in Gydnie. I learned how to validate a train ticket. I learned to not be afraid to ask for help because Polish people know which way the train ...
... enjoyed the sunshine and feel no sadness with leaving tomorrow morning! Would I recommend it to fellow-travellers? I’m not sure – if you want to visit just to “tick that box”, then go for it! But, it is part of Russia, so it requires the complicated Russian Visa, though for holders of an EU Passport, you can get a 3-day Transit Visa, which is more than enough time!
... very little international travel. New language, new food, new vistas etc. The people are fantastically generous. We look forward to keeping you posted with our posts.
Liliya & Curtis
* Moscow Rules # 2 Technology will always let you down
* Moscow Rules # 3 Murphy was right