May 2018
Click each photo or text link for more pictures and descriptions of one aspect of Lithuania
Churches of Vilnius
Lithuania was the last country in Europe to adopt Christianity, Since then, Lithuanians have fought for the right to practice their chosen religion.

There are at least 28 churches in the capital city Vilnius.
From our hotel we could see 6 of them

The photo at left is Cathedral Square
Fortress Hill and Museums
The City of Vilnius offers many historical sites
We visited those of most interest to us

Wandering around Vilnius
both on our own and with a guide

We decided we would like to return
next summer and spend more time
just absorbing the language and culture
Once Upon a Time

Outside the city of Vilnius
friends took us on a tour of
sites of Lithuania's past
The Castle of Trakai
a unique cultural experience
a surprise finale to our time in Vilnius
Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum
Explore 19th century Lithuania
through authentic buildings gathered
from all over the country.

This concept originated in Sweden (Skanzen)
and has been replicated in several European countries
Kaunas and Vicinity
My paternal grandparents emigrated to the USA
from the Kaunas area.
40 years ago I learned about a priest with our family name.

Kaunas is the 2nd largest city in Lithuania and
once served as a temporary capital

While it did not suffer great destruction in WWII, the city
was the site of both Nazi and Soviet brutality

Our visit explored both
The City of Klaipeda
Klaipeda is a port city once called Memel
when it was part of East Prussia
The Curonian Spit (Part 1)
A slice of land along the Baltic Sea
split into Russia and Lithuania

It is the source of 90% of the world's amber

The Curonian Spit (Part 2)

More natural beauty
how to make amber jewelry
The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul
near the pilgrimage site of
The Hill of Crosses
The Hill of Crosses
Since 1850 the hill has been a focus
of religious faith and resistance to persecution
There are estimated to be more than 200,000 crosses
and religious articles on the site at present