In March 2020
A month has already been passed for my friend and I to be traveling through Europe. As you might be aware already, we were “road-triping” through some of the most amazing places in Europe with his converted Toyota Corolla from 1998. Lithuania was our 5th country to enter and in this article you’ll be able to read more about our journey in the last Baltic Country on our list and to click on the links leading you to detailed articles about parts of our trip.
The Curonian Spit
As we entered the country through the West coast, we chose to start with the one of a kind Curonian National Park. You can read more about this adventure by clicking here.
“When your treetops rustle tunefully. It cannot be exchanged for any music.
Even when the trees are being blown and bent apart by the wind, one can lie in your lap, at peace
Your valleys, your heights are so unique, so beautiful!
One can walk for hours in your spaces, without tiring of looking on your beauty.
Whoever chooses you as a place to live will never lose peace.”
An extract from the poem “Forest of Neringa” written by Elisabeth Pietsch.
The Hill of Crosses
On our way to the Capital, we stopped by the Hill of Crosses. I decided to gather some of the different mystical places that owns Lithuania into one article, don’t hesitate to check it out.
This article will include a stop at the famous Hill of Crosses (a small hill North of Šiauliai that counts now more than 100,000 crosses and is a very important pilgrimage location in Lithuania), the Devil’s Pit (a 40-meter-deep cone-shaped cavity with an unclear and mysterious origin) and the Hill of Witches (a unique exposition of wooden sculptures located around the picturesque Spruce Valley, showing the visitors the mysterious world of Lithuanian folklore).
Intrigued? Check it out!
Walking in Vilnius
Arriving in Vilnius was surprisingly on the same day of their Restauration of Independence Day celebration. Inhabitants were everywhere, market stands, flowers, concerts, dances, it was such a cool energy and a cool mood! Please check out our walk around the Capital here.
About the Restauration of Independence on March 11th:
After the end of the first world war, Lithuania became an independent country. During the second world war, the Soviets and Nazi Germany agreed on a pact on who would occupy several countries in the region and as a result, the Soviets occupied the country from1940.
The Lithuanian people voted for self-rule in elections held in February 1990, and the new democratically elected parliament declared independence from the Soviet Union on March 11th 1990. The Soviet Union reacted negatively to the act of independence and began an economic blockade against Lithuania and eventually resorted to violence against people holding vigil around the capital buildings in Vilnius on January 13th 1991.
Outrage from around the world stopped the attack and Lithuania’s independence was recognised by the Soviets later that year. Within a year the influence of perestroika and independence movements across an increasing number of Soviet states brought about the disintegration of the Soviet Union. This holiday is not to be confused with Restoration of the State Day, celebrated on February 16th, which marks the act of independence from Germany in 1918.