Klaipeda Off The Beaten Path

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    Old Memel warehouses

    by globetrott Updated Aug 11, 2014

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    At some places of the old town of Klaipeda and also close to the port you will still see some of the old warehouses.Typical for the warehouses is the roof with a crane outside on top and large windows or doors on each floor below that crane
    You will see various such warehouses in the old town of Klaipeda and close to the port and the river Dane and all of them date back to the time when Klaipeda was still called Memel and was the northernmost town of Germany.

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    The Arch - Monument to the United Lithuania

    by globetrott Written Aug 11, 2014

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    The Arch - Monument to the United Lithuania by Sculptor A. Sakalauskas was built in order to memorize the 85th anniversary of the Act of Tilze and the 80th anniversary of the unification of the Klaipeda Region and Lithuania.
    The red granite column represents Lithuania Minor and the larger, grey column represents Lithuania Major and on the monument you can read:
    " Esame Viena Tauta, Viena Zeme, Viena Lietuva (We are one nation, one land, one Lithuania)
    You will find this monument in Danes Street, on the riverbank, not far from the vessel Meridianas.
    And there on a Bridge over the river Dane you will also find these mysterious numbers X II X on top of the streetlamps, but I have no idea about the meaning of this.

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    Kaminkretys / The Old Town chimney-sweep

    by globetrott Written Aug 11, 2014

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    The Sculpture Kaminkretys / The Old Town chimney-sweep is a funny sculpture on the very top of a house and it is 2,3 meters tall.
    For ordinary people without equipment it is totally impossible to get up there, BUT there is a belief, that who-ever will touch at least a button of the chimney-sweep on the New Years morning, will be lucky throughout the whole New Year.
    This sculpture is on top of the house opposite of the vessel Meridianas and there is even something like a button on a string coming down from that sculpture, as you can see in my main picture, BUT it will still be too far away to touch it for anybody...

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    The Sculpture Slibinas / The Dragon

    by globetrott Written Aug 11, 2014

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    The Sculpture Slibinas / The Dragon has a double function ! At one side it reflects some old local legends and on the other side it also has a practical function as a rainpipe. So it makes sense to see it on a rainy day as well, when water splashes out of it directely on the massive cobbled stones of this sidestreet in the old part of Klaipeda in Vezeju Street.
    The sculpture is more than 3 meters long and 145kg.

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    Sculpture Juodasis Vaiduoklis / The Black Ghost

    by globetrott Written Aug 11, 2014

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    The Sculpture Juodasis Vaiduoklis / The Black Ghost is another interesting sculpture that you will see when you walk from the cruiseport to town and it is kind of spooky:
    a man like a ghost in a frock who climbs out of the water like a creature from a ghost-story.
    The sculptors S. Jurkus and S. Plotnikovas also had an old legend in mind when they created it: in 1595 one of the castleguards saw a supernatural ghost who warned him that the city supplies might be insufficient.

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    The Sculpture Keturi Vejai / The Four Winds

    by globetrott Written Aug 11, 2014

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    The Sculpture Keturi Vejai / The Four Winds is another sculpture that was made as a cooperation of blacksmiths from Canada, Latvia, Czech Republic an
    Lithuania and the motto of this sculpture was : "an artist is able to create everything from iron: the sea, nails and even the wind"
    The sculpture was built in 2007 and you will find it in the portarea, next to the Sculpture Vejas / Wind

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    The Sculpture Vejas / Wind

    by globetrott Updated Aug 11, 2014

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    The Sculpture Vejas / Wind was made in 2010 as a cooperation-work by 30 blacksmiths from Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Russia.
    They tried to find something similar to the local weathervanes / Kurenwimpel and that is exactely the idea that I got as well, when I passed by this work of art on my way from the cruiseship to the old town of Klaipeda.
    Take a look at my extra Pictures as well, because on the Basement of the sculpture you will find some nice small sculptures about the wind like it happens to small creatures.

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    Monument for the Millenium of Lithuania

    by globetrott Updated Aug 9, 2014

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    This is a monument that I saw opposite of the Meridianas vessel. The name of Lithuania was for the first time in history mentioned in the chronicals of Quedlinburg in the year 1009 and in the year 2009 they celebrated the Millenium of it.
    This monument shows Grandduke Vytautas on his horse.
    Vytautas lived between 1350 and 1430 and was the most famous governor of medieval Lithuania.

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    Misty beauty

    by Toshioohsako Updated Jun 13, 2013

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    These views appear often in the surrounding nature near Klaipeda. However, you have to wake up early in the morning. Maybe 5 o'clock. These foggy photos are taken somewhere in Klaipeda on way to Palanga.

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    Curonian Spit - nature and villages

    by Raimix Updated Mar 16, 2013

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    Cutonian Split is a natural long peninsula with one side bordered by Curonian lagoon, another - by Baltic sea. It is a place, protected by UNESCO World Heritage list. It was a huge work made to safe this land from water of one and other sides and strong wind always causing an erosion of soil.

    Now it keeps natural nature, also a few great villages like Juodkrante, Nida, Preila, there it is possible to rent a place for summer holidays. It is actually a more expensive place of Lithuania, also you need to pay for entrancing a land (around 6 euros). Curonian Split could be reached by ferry from Klaipeda.

    Curonian Split is just a few kilometers from Klaipeda.

    �� Lithuanian State Department of Tourism

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    Sventoji - silent resort near Latvian border

    by Raimix Updated Mar 16, 2013

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    First settlement in Sventoji is known as far as 5000 years back. As a port it was already used in 12th century. It was one of the main ports of former Lithuania, as Klaipeda belonged to Prussia.

    In interwar times in 20th century a few piers were built, fishermen settlement was created. Nowadays it belongs to Palanga. Anyway, it is more silent and cheaper than Palanga to take a rest by the sea.

    Sventoji is about 40 kilometers from Klaipeda.

    For further information you could visit my page of Sventoji.

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    Palanga - the most popular summer resort

    by Raimix Updated Mar 16, 2013

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    Palanga is the most famous Lithuanian resort, "a capital of summer". First time it was mentioned in 1253, but legend tells that Danish king Valdemar I visited Palanga already in 1161. Nowadays here you could see J. Basanaviciaus street, ending up with around 1\2 kilometers long pier into the sea, Tiskeviciai palace with botanical garden and amber museum, church.

    Palanga is about 26 kilometers from Klaipeda.

    For further information you could visit my page of Palanga.

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    Sculpture in Klaipeda

    by aterola Written Oct 11, 2011

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    This boy with dog sculpture are built on the bank of Lagoon and from other side on the river side. It is in the Cruise Ships terminal. The boy dreams to be a SeaMan in the future and welcomes ships comming to only Lithuanian Port. The dog means friendship and faithfulness.

    The boy was dressed during the Tall Ships Races in summer 2011.

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    sculptures in Klaipeda

    by aterola Written Oct 11, 2011

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    Once one couple from VT asked me to advice about what to see in Klaipeda, in half a day. So I made a plan to see small sculptures of the town. Now you can spend all day walking from one to another one, it makes your walking more interesting. Each small sculpture has a secret and reason to be where it is.
    Now I show you one of the newest creations - the river man :-)

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    Daytrip to Palanga

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 25, 2011

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    Palanga is the biggest and most popular seaside resort for nightlife in Lithuania. It is quite commercialised with plenty of hotels, restaurants, discos, bars, night clubs and casinos.

    Most of the entertainment places can be found along the pedestrianised Basanaviciaus gatve which is the main street to the beach and the pier. The sandy beach is about 10 km long and backed by dunes and pine woods.

    I went to Palanga on a daytrip by Marshrutka from Klaipeda. The fare for the 25 km trip was 4 Litas (Summer 2006) and took about 30 minutes.

    Palanga - Fluffy bear on the beach Palanga - Pier Palanga - Pedestrianised Basanaviciaus street Palanga - Church of the Assumption Palanga - Botanical Garden
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