Sv Jokubo g 10, Druskininkai, LT-66118, Lithuania
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Russian Orthodox Church
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Aqua park, Druskininkai
Aqua park, Druskininkai
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Flowers and sculptures
Druskininkai, especially central part, is full of flowers, flower mosaics. Still in any other town I haven't seen so beautiful work with flowers. Of course, it is easier to take care of flowers in small and silent Druskininkai than in, let say, more party resort Palanga, where flowers could be damaged.
There are much sculptures as well. Some of them are from Soviet times, but not associated with communism. Quite famous sculptures are modern ones - one is near Druskininkai Catholic church, another - near Aqua park.
Water and forests
Most visitors of resort visit Druskininkai not because of architecture, but for its water around and pine tree forests. Water is more special here than in other places in Lithuania - it is salty. From water areas I should river Nemunas, "the father of Lithuanian rivers" - it is longest river in Lithuania, small river Ratnycia. What is more, Druskininkai has Druskonis lake, Mergeliu akeliu (in English "Eyes of girls") lake, ponds Vyjunele, Egle, Alka.
Pine tree forests around make aromatic smell everywhere, most of bicycle tracks are in forests and near lakes, ponds, river Nemunas.
The one thing I got to know is that there is organised Nemunas river tour every summer day by steamer from Druskininkai to Liskiava, where is a mound and popular monastery.
Druskininkai is a city of health, so there are lot of sanatoriums. Much of procedures are based on salt - being in salt rooms, salt water, so on. Despite of some sanatoriums were built in Soviet times, most of buildings architecture looks nice and now has more tourist facilities.
I was lucky to see Druskininkai in times of fast progress. After grey times of stagnation. under Soviet Union occupation a lot of private, new businesses were established. I wouldn't see and buy these slippers on my picture before, say, 1991 when market economy started again in Lithuania..
BETWEEN WARS :-)
Druskininkai was badly destroyed during WWI. But then, under Polish rule, it became the fastest growing spa in Europe. The town was sold to Polish bank in 1930 and became very fashionable. The number of patients grew up from a few thousands in 1930 to 110,000 in 1937. Many new villas and health centers were built that time.
SOVIET ERA :-(
During occupation by the Soviet Union Druskininkai started to serve as a resort for mass treatment of people from USSR.
More and more sanatoriums, hotels were privatized, renovated and reconstructed to serve their visitors.
Polish spoken and news in Polish
I didn't meet any locals speaking Polish language in Druskininkai. Instead I met quite many visitors from Poland. In Lietuvos Spauda kiosk I found Polish daily newspaper issued in Lithuania and called "Kurier Wilenski" (Vilnius Herald). Surely I did buy it (1.00 Lt) and read its 12 pages.
Some news was interesting from the visitor's point of view.
1. Lithuanian Radio welcomes to hear Polish programm daily at 5.30 pm at 105,1 FM.
Thank you... next time...
2. on 11 May in the early morning 24yo woman, second lieutenant of Lithuanian Border Guard was found beaten unconcious in a transit train Kaliningrad - Moscow. She had trauma of head and face and a wound on her wrist. Lithuanian police stopped the train, found an inscription "Lithuania for Russians" made with blood of that woman and interviewed 200 passangers. They didn't find anything and asked Russian police (from Kaliningrad) to help in the case. Hmm... Russian mass media suggested that she may crippled herself.
3. Policeman close to Trakai was arrested when he was completely drunk at work (4.62 mg%!).
Vey funny guy, was he armed?
4. Six 14 - 18yo boys were arrested in Klaipeda. They used to "borrow" old cars parked at Zardininku, drive them and finally leave them at another place.
Are they future travellers and VT members?
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