Finally, a sandy beach!!!!

Trip Start Nov 15, 2005
Trip End Aug 15, 2008

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Since my voyages down the southern part of Eastern Europe, great as they were, had been disappointingly bereft of sandy beaches, I had been quite looking forward to coming here.

I saw very little of Klaipeda. Really, only the part of town between the hostel and the old ferry port, where I would catch the boat over to Neringa every day. That seemed nice enough, but once again, I didn't come here to see the town. I came for Neringa.

Neringa is the name the Lithuanians give to the part of the Curonian Spit belonging to Lithuania (it originates in the Russian province of Kaliningrad), and is basically 50km of a few small towns, some pine forests and a beautifully soft, sandy beach. I spent my first day there being kind of active, and exploring some of the towns as well as the beaches. The views from Parnidzio dune, down to the Russian area of the spit were quite magnificent, and the forest trails near the relaxed town of Juodkrante were quite pleasant, but mostly I just lay around on beaches for the better part of three days :) I even managed to have a bit of a play with my poi for the first time in months; it's amazing what a nice beach will do for you!
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