Making a base in Siauliai

We have been without internet for a while but we are now having dinner in a restaurant with free wi-fi nearby o here come an update.

Yesterday we spent the morning n Vilnius, going to the Gate of Dawn which turned out to be much less amazing than the name suggests, actually most other city gates are more worthwhile except this one has a small church on top, kind of cool. We walked around a bit more, then went back to our hotel to pack our stuff. On the way to the bus station we had lunch at a chain store called Cili Pica, a surprisingly nice pizza place.  A three-hour bus ride through lush forests and endless meadows we arrived in the slightly dull city Siauliai.

Except for a long pedestrian street in the centre of town, a church and a golden archer as a sundial the city seems not to have much but on the outskirts we found a small lake where we sat down and just took it easy since we wer too late to reach any sights. The main reason to com here is a famous monument about 10 km outside the city, it is also a waypoint on the road to Riga so we decided to stay here as a base.

Having considered all options it turned out that the best ay for seeing the monument was not today but tomorrow o expect to hear more about that then. For today we opted to go by train to Klaipeda, Lithuania’s main harbour city where we quickly left the urban sprawl for the 98 kam long Curonian Spit peninsula. This thin tail of land hangs off Kaliningrad, shooting northward until it reaches Klaipeda. At the tip it only takes about 10 minutes to walk across ut since it houses several villages it must be wider at some point. The whole peninsula is covered in pine forest and sand dunes and is supposed to hold abundant wildlife. Unfortunately it was raining when we were there so we only took a short walk across, saw the endless beach stretching out in the distance and played around a bit on the sand dunes. After that we found a cafe where we could cower from the rain for a while before catching the last train home around five (trains stop early here).

It was a lot of time spent on trains for rather little but I believe Curonian Spit was unable to show its good side in the rain. More time, better weather and a bicycle would surely make it a worthwhile excursion. Tomorrow we start with the famous monument then move on to Riga.

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