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... br> The site was ideal. It was well above sea level, so the water table was of no concern. And the sandy soil made it easier to dig the control rooms and silo, which extended about 100 feet underground.
Each of the four silos contained a nuclear-tipped SS4 intercontinental ballistic missile, aimed at key cities in Western Europe.
The site, consisting of about 20 buildings, was manned by nearly 400 military staff and ...
... here in Klaipeda! This park is full of sculptures done from 1984 to 1986 by various artists, it was formerly a cemetery but was demolished by the Russians. It started to rain again so we had to leave and head back home. Quiet afternoon but we did a little shopping, stocking up for the bus ride to Vilnius ...
AM - What, no walking today? No, it's raining hard at times accompanied by thunder and lightning, a bit scary actually. Today is a public holiday in Lithuania, it's the Feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tomas rang Emmanuelis and had arranged for us to meet him and his family in Kretinga, so we drove off into alternating rain and sunshine. In Kretinga we firstly had a look through a plant museum in a huge glass ...
... said "it was a funeral card!" Aaaagh, just as well we didn't get that one! It didn't rain on the way back to Tomas' apartment, we had an early supper then Tomas said "would you like to see our house?" Yes please, so we drove 35 kms out to Kartena to see the house Tomas is renovating, this brick house was built by Tomas' father Antanas and was completed in 1986. In it lived Alma (Henry's mother & Tomas' great grandmother), Gertruda (Henry's sister & Tomas' grandmother), ...
... this great old building with timber floors and big timber beams in the roof. Well, there was a huge collection of everything you could imagine from around the Klaipeda region dating from BC and the Stone Age up to WW2 and the terrible times people experienced up to their Independence in 1990. This kept us occupied for several hours before we headed out into daylight again and went down to the Old Castle area next to the port. ...