I found this road sign, on my picture, put at Turistu gatve (street) which surronded Druskonis lake from the west.
Well, I have no idea why they banned to drive along the lake (where, by the way, swimming was forbidden) at night. Was night driving dangerous there? Why? Any ideas?
From Daiva (Daivaka) from Kaunas, Lithuania:
It is because this town is health resort and all people have to be quiet and sleep at night time.
Thank you, Daiva.
Urszula ordered Greek salads a few times in Lithuania and it was never Greek salad, we used to eat both in Greece and Poland.
Well, in Picerija Saulegraza in Druskininkai the Greek salad contained a lot of... hard cheese instead of feta cheese, sliced radish instead of red onion and neither lettuce nor vinegar/olive oil. Haha, it was eatable but definetely not Greek salad. What was that?
We say in Poland: "to play Greek" which means "to play dumb" (sorry, my great Greek friends). Hmm... they really "played Greek" with those Greek salads in Lithuania :-) Warning: in Poland they "play Greek" with Mexican food :-). What about your country?
There were quite many kitschy stuff offered by street vendors in the downtown/centre of Druskininkai.
Hmm... for example these "holy pictures" for 1, 2 or 5 Lt sold from the table put at Laisves gatve (street). But not all was that kitschy in my opinion. Well, woolen socks and esp. slippers were OK. Just one more observation: kitschy meant cheap but cheap didn't always mean kitschy in Druskininkai.
Wooden, blue structure of Russian Orthodox church looked very pretty from the outside. Unfortunatelly when I wanted to get inside I found its three doors closed. It was afternoon of business day. Well, maybe they open it on Sunday or Saturday... excuse, I have no idea.
By the way those doors, with large wooden crosses put on them, looked somewhat secret and very unique for me.
The eastern lake was called Druskonis and swimming/bathing there was not allowed. Well, the lake itself looked very beautiful and was surrounded by trees (pines) and easy to walk around by paved walkway (about 30-40 min.). It was round- shaped and the smaller of the two lakes of Druskininkai.
The western lake was called Vijunele and offered a beach on its eastern bank, just in case you would like to swim/bath. Well, the water was too cold to swim in early June when I was there. Instead bathing folks, I saw one swiming dog there :-).
There were no fancy stores/shops in Druskininkai or I didn't find them at least in the downtown/centre. There were green parks, hotels, health centers and very few stores including this one on my picture at M.K. Ciurlionio gatve 55. They sold rather poor clothes there.
Instead, Druskininkai offered unique fresh air (aromatherapy oils of pine trees), the best in Europe therapeutic muds, natural therapeutic waters, peace and quiet.
Expect to meet mainly older generations in Druskininkai, say over 60-70 years old. No wonder, Druskininkai is a health resort to treat typical ailments of elderly age: heart, nervous, respiratory and skeletal system diseases and some gynaecological problems.
Well, old and elegant ladies and gentlemen are often very interesting conversionalists esp. when you prefer to hear them than to talk to them :-). But do not expect crazy discos and nightlife in Druskininkai, never! Just in case... ---> go to Palanga on the Baltic Sea coast :-).
The only young folks (a few persons) I met in Druskininkai were working for those older visitors. Did most of local youths leave Druskininkai for better job somewhere else?
The front door to Roman catholic church (St. Virgin Mary Skaplierines Church or Sv. Mergeles Marijos skaplierines baznycia) was open. But there were iron grating at the entrance gate so I coudn't visit the interior of the church in the afternoon of business day when I was there. Instead I could see the interior through the bars.
Generally, I think that the best day to visit catholic churches is Sunday were they should be opened at least during holy masses.
Taking any pics inside the Museum of Druskininkai Town was not allowed and I was guided (or better to say: guarded :-) by a woman from a museum staff who could speak a little bit Russian but no English or Polish. Well, thanks her I could hear music from old gramophone and take this picture of exposition of... postcards they sold there :-).
I was surpriced that the Druskininkai Tourist Information Agency at Gardino gatve 3 was closed on both Saturday and Sunday. Notice unique way of signing days of a week, on my picture.
I always thought that the tourist information was especially needed just in weekends when more visitors come, right? Did it work different way in Druskininkai? Or maybe, local staff was big fan of free weekends? :-)