This is higher part of a pulpit of parish church (Sv. Onos Baznycia) on my picture. It formed a kind of roof above the pulpit.Just in case you want to see or attend the Holy Mass theMass the schedule was the following:Mon - Thu: 8.00 am, 7.00 pm;Saturday and Friday: 10.00 am, 7.00 pm;Sunday: 8.00 am, 10.00 am, 12.00 am, 7.00 pm.more
From each point of Lazdijai I could easy see high structure: cement, thick column topped by a kind of disc shape structure like on my picture. It was not air traffic control tower (no airports there) but water tower. It provided water pressure by positioning a large container for water on top of a tower-like structure.more
There was this monument, on my picture, in the middle of the main town square (Nepriklausomybes aikste). The inscription on a plaque fixed to that monument was in Russian. Was it the monument to Soviet Army, soldiers or what?I saw similar squares and monuments in all (most) towns of the former Soviet Union I visited in 70' and 80' (western...more
This wooden, outdoor chapel, on my picture, was put just by parish church (Sv. Onos Baznycia). Hmm... it was not my favourite kind of architecture, a little bit kitschy in my opinion. Some elements of that chapel (columns, roof) remainded me some chapels I was lucky to see in... Romania. But definetely not that statue in the middle: Christ as the...more
I paid attention to highly decorated and beautiful pulpit in a parish church (Sv. Onos Baznycia). It was hang on supporting column on the left side of the central nave. The pulpit consisted of the two parts: lower part from which the priest used to speak to the worshippers and seperate higher part which formed a kind of roof above.more
The main and the only altar of parish church (Sv. Onos Baznycia) was located at the end of central nave and it was decorated with paintings and statues of saints. The altar wasn't unique in any way. Instead, I paid attention to large crystal chandeliers below flat ceiling of the church.more
The renovated recently interior of the parish church (Sv. Onos Baznycia) was a little bit unique. First of all the ceiling was flat and the interior was surprisingly low, at least as for a church. It consisted of relatively wide central nave and two very narrow side aisles. The last ones are usually much wider in christian churches. The shape of...more
This two-tower church (Sv. Onos Baznycia), on my picture, stood in the centre/downtown of Lazdijai. However, this church was not that much interesting for me as there were very many similar churches in my country, Poland. Anyway, it was the only a must see old building I found in Lazdijai's centre/downtown.more
Except ugly, large appartment buildings there were smaller houses like that one on my picture in centre/downtown of Lazdijai. They didn't look pretty, either. Their walls, even if painted, were usually less or more damaged and the houses simply didn't look clean.I paid attention to quite large satellite antenna on the second floor. Didn't they have...more
Vilniaus gatve 1, Lazdijai, 4560, Lithuania
Excuse, I wasn't hungry, so I didn't eat there. But I took a look at their menu. Despite it was the only restaurant I found in Lazdijai the prices were low. I would spend 10.00 - 20.00 Lt (€ 3.01 - 6.02; US$3.62 - 7.26; 14.00 - 28.00 Polish zl) per person for two course lunch with drinks (beer, juice, mineral water).
Favorite Dish: I would choose some meat (like Lithuanian roasted pork ribs) and/or Lithuanian "zepelinai" (a dish made of potato with meat or cheese filling).
I found driving in the area around Lazdijai quite easy. Traffic was light there, forget about any traffic jams :-). There were a lot of place to park a car in Lazdijai (free!). It seems that locals either didn't have cars or they rarely used them. Well, the price of petrol/gas was almost the same as in, say, Germany but average salaries were... a...more
Excuse, I didn't use bicycle in Lithuania. But in Lazdijai some locals (not many) used to ride a bicycle, not for recreation but just in casual life, to do shopping for example.There were bike racks in front of SAULUTIS grocery and town hall. Just in case... there were no bicycle tracks in Lazdijai and generally very few in Lithuania except in...more
This was small Lithuanian chain grocery where quite many locals were doing shopping at midday of business day. No wonder, the prices there were mostly low. Credit/debit cards were accepted (at least of Visa system). Food and drinks - quite good choice. Look for local dark Lithuanian bread and beer both Lithuanian and imported (if you like). Lower...more
We were looking at a few cakes and fruit pies at this small cake shop and finally we decided to choose this one on my picture. The cake on my picture. It was called "Pyragas varskis sai nesis" ??? or somewhat similar in Lithuanian. It was delicious pie with raisins and fruits put on the top. My recommendation. 12.49 Lt (€ 3.76; 17.27 Polish zl)...more
This was small, local cake shop popular among locals, I think, as there were a few costumers during a few minutes we were there. Or maybe it was the only one cake shop in Lazdijai? We bought my favourite kind of cake/pie: covered by jelly with strawberies (Pyragai vaisju-gajvus ?). The strawberry pie tasted good although was not the best I ever...more
There was tradition of baking such pyramidal cakes ("sakotis" in Lithuanian, "sekacz" in Polish) as on my picture in Lithuania and north-eastern Poland (Suwalki district). In the past they were baked mainly for wedding ceremonies. There was special celebration of cutting the cake by young husband and sharing among all, numerous wedding guests. I am...more
I was in Lazdijai just before the election to the European Parliament (13th June 2004), the first in which Lithuanians took part just after joining European Union on 1 May 2004. No wonder that I could see many election posters in Lazdijai and other cities and towns throughout Lithuania.Lithuanians elected 13 of 732 members of European Parliament...more
Sometimes graffiti are real art, sometimes just voice of street, sometimes both. They are often painted by unknown authors and against the law (art crime ?). Sometimes local authorities designate usually neglected walls to be cover by graffiti as a kind of decoration. Never mind the local law, I think it's always a kind of local culture whatever it...more
This strange, rather ugly and first of all not renovated for years building, on my picture, should house a hotel. The advertisement on its top announced: Hotel, Viesbutis (in Lithuanian), Gostinica (in Russian). But I did find only various offices (small business) inside there. Hmm... this WAS Zibintas Hotel long time before my visit, I think.more
Generally, some drinks and food should be kept in cold places, preferrably in a fridge, right? For sure beer should be frozen to say 5 C (41 F) before drinking. Hot or warm mineral water or juices don't taste good at least in hot summer time, right? Well, in that local grocery in the outskirts of Lazdijai on my picture, only diary products were...more
To be honest Lazdijai and especially its main town square (Nepriklausomybes aikste) was more... a tourist trap than a must see. But... if you want to see how former Soviet Union towns looked like...The square was covered by old, grey and bumpy pavings. Watch your steps! Hmm... the Soviet Union didn't like word "flat". There were almost no flat...more
There was no information on Lazdijai in my travel books on Lithuania. So, I was very glad to find the tourist information office located in the Town Hall building (on the right when you enter). It was raher small information point. I saw maps and leaflets I wanted to get or buy them but... it was closed (in midday of business day). There was this...more
Do not buy and even if... do not drink this juice on my picture. It was awful in taste red orange juice called VITAL & FIT. It was neither vital nor fit. Keep away from it. Probably the juice was stored in warm/hot temperatures for long time. All explanations on the juice were in... German language. Was it really German quality ? Maybe look for...more
Luggage and bags:
For walking around Lazdijai, small, city backpack and surely bag for your camera - both water-proof esp. in summer.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable walking shoes preferrably water-resistant: like good trainers or better special walking shoes (one example: Danish Ecco are very comfortable and... expensive but worth the cost).
Sun-glasses esp. in winter and summer and always a rain coat, eventually less comfortable umbrella.
Read info on climate in Lithuania:
Climate of Lithuania
Average temperatures and rainfall in... Suwalki, Poland (52 km southwest of Lazdijai):
Check weather (10-day forecast) for Alytus (52 km northeast of Lazdijai):
Weather forecast for Alytus
Photo Equipment: Take as many films as you can or as large memory card as you can - Lithuanian coutryside offers a lot for photography lovers :-).
Miscellaneous: The most important: do not forget to take BIG SMILE :-) Enjoy!
This red-brick building, on my picture, stood along a street at main town square called Nepriklausomybes aikste. It surely didn't look amazing but the paintings put on its wall and fence looked interesting.Generally the city looked ugly and nothing survived from the old Lazdaijai founded in 1597 or I didn't find it.more
This small, neglected and ugly building, on my picture, stood in the same centre/downtown of Lazdijai, opposite to parish church (Sv. Onos Baznycia). It was made of typical for this area small, white bricks. At first sight I thought there were old (post-Soviet) public restrooms/toilets there. But... I was wrong.more
There was tourist information office (call: +370 318 51160) located in the Town Hall building (when you enter on the right). Where it was? At main town sqaure - Nepriklausomybes aikste, on the left side driving Highway 134 from Kalvarija towards Veisiejai and Druskininkai. They offered good maps of Lithuania, its some regions and cities and some...more
Well, there were stores in Lazdijai which didn't accept any debit/credit cards. Just in case you need some cash... look for this kiosk on my picture. There was 24 h open ATM cash inside which accepted cards of Visa and Eurocard/Mastercard. The kiosk - Bankas SNORAS - stood at the main town square: Nepriklausomybes aikste.more