Dukstos, December 27, 2005 - Tuesday

Trip Start Dec 22, 2005
Trip End Jan 08, 2006

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

We didn't drive long. Just a few minutes later we stopped again, this time in a village called Dūkštos. If in a bout of exceptionally good mood and generosity Sudervė might pass off for a (very) small town, Dūkštos was with its population of less than one thousand most certainly just a village and no generosity could upgrade it. But as every settlement in Christian Europe, it too boasted of an imposing church, taking a look. And as villages often go, a cemetery too. We didn't linger for too long there, either. Even if it had been warmer, I don't believe we would've stayed much longer there.
Although Dūkštos is in collective consciousness of Lithuanians probably most famous by its oak forest. Ruta drew my attention to pointers by the road and told me it was worth taking a hike through Dūkštos oak woods. For a moment we were even tempted to abandon our original plan about Kernavė and substitute it on the spot with a walk through nature. But darkness in those parts falls way too early so we left that for another day. There is allegedly a marked walking path through the forest with a number of sculptures along the way, representing characters from Lithuanian legends and mythology.
It was something worth keeping in mind.
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