S.Dariaus ir S.Gireno str. 11, Palanga, 00135, Lithuania
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towards the top of the hill
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Main entrance way onto the Pier.
It was September the slow season, thus not to many tourist...very little in fact which is good. I live in a tourist town (Page, America) and I know some times it can be tiring to fight the crowds. But to walk the pier on you own pace and not having to fight the crowd but to just gather your thoughts is good for the body, sould, and mind. This is that point that I realize there is more to life then the hustle and bustle of the so call great American life style. The SEA air, slow pace, caring people, and the FOOD, and the company I was with (Grazina & Irma).
It's a little city near Palanga. This city have a beautiful surroundings, big palace of Tiskeviciai with amazing museum and other.
Chapel of Tiskeviciai and church look pretty. Pitty, but this city is not near the sea, but worth to see.
Going further from the estate you will find yourself at Birute's hill. Why is it famous? Down the hill you'll see an old pagan altar, now , of course there's lurdas (you see the statue of Maria on the right). That's the interesting blend of the old faith and catholic religion. It was the politics of catholic church from the old times how to make people lose their old faith and to do it less painfully, they used to raise their shrines in the old worshiping places. Even Vilnius
Cathedral (in the capital) stands on the old main pagan altar, in the same place! Here is the same story. On the left side of the stairs you'll see a bronze statue of the girl - it's Birute.
In the old Baltic Pagan faith there was also hierarchy and the system. the main person was the wise-men. There were altars (made of stone) and the eternal fire, who had to be guarded day and night by young virgin girls called priestess. Birute was one of those girls saving the fire, but the duke Kestutis has fallen in love with her has stolen her and they got married in Palanga church. Traditionally she's named as the last priestess. It's regarded to be the end of the old faith officially, when the old religion partly died.
A cozy seaside town...
"not the typical sights of Palanga..."
my picture of the coast is on my Lithuania page....that would be a more typical view of Palanga, but here are some random shots I thought were interesting. The bottom one is an unfinished apartment building. The builder ran out of money and it was our view from our apartment. The top picture is by the seaside in a park. As a religious country, it is common to see this here and there...
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