Palanga History II
(info from the net)
In the beginning of the XX c Palanga equaled the best German resorts, its beach was equipped following the best foreign examples. Palanga had a gymnastics and orthopedics house with massage specialists and solarium equipped there. During the high season local doctors and those from Vilnius, Warsaw and Lodze took care of the vacationers' health. Every day a wind-orchestra gave concerts in the park and beach. In the Kurhauz there was a caf? with billiards, a playing-room and a reading-room. In the town there were grounds for gymnastics, tennis, football, bowling and basketball. Sight-seeing services on horses were provided. Palanga resort was recommended for those who suffered neurasthenia and indigestion, for women who had gynecological diseases and for children who were physically weak or exhausted after long periods of illnesses, who had rachitis or chronic catarrh. People traveled to Palanga to strengthen their bodies after injuries or surgeries and to find peace after psychical weariness, here they found fresh air, peace and quietness.
During the years of the first independence, Palanga became informal summer capital of Lithuania. In the third and fourth decades of the XX c wealthy Lithuanians were purchasing land from earl F.Tiskevicius and building summer houses and villas. Presidents of Lithuania Antanas Smetona and Aleksandras Stulginskis, famous Lithuanian artists and intellectuals used to spend their holidays in Palanga. Ministers used to come here for weekends and sometimes even held the meetings of the Ministers' Cabinet.
Visit Liepaja in Latvia, only 70 km away...
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Liepaja, in Latvia.
Of you are in Palanga you are only 70 km away from an important town of Latvia. I think you must go there, as this way, you can see as the people have really very different costumes and styles of life, at each of the two countries.
You have direct bus, departing from Klaipeda, in the morning.
Did you hear what is Lithuanian gold amber! This gemstone comes from the depths of the sea after stormy nights.If you're lucky to be at the seaside and not too lazy to get up early in the morning after stormy night you may find and gather them.Just you, seagulls, the early morning sun, awesome nature, sand and sea, with some early strangers passing by...
me ..hmmm.. and the legend
The legend about amber: there was a mermaid named Jurate (Jura in Lith - the sea),and a fisherman named Kastytis.Jurate was very a beautiful girl living in the palace from amber in the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The God Perkunas (The Thunder) felt in love with her and asked her to play to him every evening. The fishermen felt in love with Jurate , she felt in love with him and didn't show up to play for Perkunas one day. The thunder God got mad,he has let an arrow of lightening into her home and this destroyed her amber palace. So now, every morning after the thunderstorm the waves brings to the shore the remains of the palace from the depths of the sea and reminds about big love of Kastytis and Jurate. That's the legend!
You will find many amber souvenirs on sale every day in Palanga, hangers, rings, earrings, small sculptures, pictures anything you like! If you decide to buy amber and looking for something really professionally made I'd suggest going to the folk craft store. We were looking for a special hanger for one friend and that's where we found the one we really loved.
Capital of summer, Lithuanian Rimini!
"The Baltic Sea"
Some particularities about the Baltic Sea. First, it's in the West, so the sunset is always straight to the sea.. Is it cold? Well.. it depends what's cold for you. I think it's Refreshing, thus my boyfriend says it's "conservating".. A good temperature for the Baltic Sea is 18*C. After the storm, if you go early in the morning you can find small pieces of amber. The air in Palanga is great, as it's a mix of the oxygen and elements produced by the pine tree forests and the Baltic Sea. Reccomended for anyone's lungs.
Palanga becomes a capital city in summer. There are other seaside resorts, in the aspect of Nature even nicer (see Curorian Spil - Juodkrante, Nida) but many people prefer Palanga. Main reasons why they choose this place: young people choose it because it's fun, full of bars and lound music (Basanvicius street) , older people choose it because they are used to this place from older times and can't imagine being elsewhere. For people who prefer calmness I'd reccomend Curorian Split (even if you are in Palanga, take at least a day trip to there).
I would divide Palanga into two main parts: Basanavicius street covered with bars and musci in the evening and Pine tree parks with Botanical garden - calm and relaxed.
Negative sides of Palanga: sometimes young people (teenagers and so on) get too drunk, it can be crowded, too much Russian music and tourists, not predictable weather: rain/sun can come suddenly out of nothing, and dissapear after 30 minutes or it can stay all day long.
Postive sides: if you want to have fun , that's your place, pine tree forests, sea and air fullfiled with iode (good for your lungs), beaches, nice nature, the pier, romantic sunsets and lovely athmosphere, cheap beer (for those who drink it) and amber.
That's the exact image that comes to my mind when I start missing the Baltic Sea... foamy, white, dreamy..