Our first steps in Lithuania

To start our tour of Lithuania, we drove to Druskininkai, a thermal town of the south, where tourists, mostly Polish come to go to SPAs. We visited Miško aidas, the «Forest’s echo» which represents a forest « in a house » (an oak, actually, which grows inside the building, an idea of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  The house and the surrounding park are decorated with loads of wooden sculptures and it’s very pleasant to take a walk around. We also saw the church of Druskininkai and a lake with a fountain after lunch (too bad the so-called ‘French bakery’ we found didn’t even sell bread at all..!!).  Other interesting thing to visit a few kilometers outside the city: the park of Soviet Sculptures in Grūtas, where a lot of statues and monuments of old soviet leaders, which were taken down at the beginning of the Lituanian independence can be seen. It is set up like a labor camp, with barbed wire and watchtowers. This unique park was very interesting, and walking in the park to see the statues would have been perfect if it wasn’t for the thunderstorm which forced us to hurry up at the end of the visit. We then drove to Vilnius, more than a hundred kilometers to the north.  A lot of people were selling mushrooms on the side of the road, so we bought some and dinner was absolutely delicious! At the end of the day, we reached the capital of Lithuania, looking quite promising as far as visits go. 

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Wood carvings at Miško aidas


The Park of Soviet Sculptures in Grūtas

Druskininkai Grūtas Miško aidas Lithuania

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