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Nida and the Curonian Spit
Lithuania

The Insider’s Guide to Visiting the Curonian Spit and Nida in Lithuania

Located between the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea lies the most spectacular strip of moving sand dunes and the quaint fishing village of Nida in Lithuania. A place that’s very special to the ‘lowlanders’ of the country. When you think of Lithuania, you might not instantly think of golden sand dunes and blue waters, …

Treetop Walking - Anyksciai, Lithuania
Lithuania

A Secret Treetop Walk in Anyksciai, Lithuania

My home country of Lithuania is still fairly undiscovered and it’s my pleasure to introduce brilliant projects, such as the Anyksciai Treetop Walking Path. Who knows, it might inspire you to book that random European trip you’ve always been thinking of! Sometimes you can go long distances without knowing what you will discover and more often …

all saints day in lithuania
Lithuania

All Saints’ Day, One of the Most Superstitious Days in Lithuania

The 1st of November marks All Saints’ Day, one of the most magical and superstitious 24 hours in the Lithuanian calendar. Rows of people, all day and night make their way to the cemeteries to visit their departed friends and family. On this day flickering candles line the graves creating a ghostly ambience all over the …

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Lithuania

The Hill of Crosses, The Most Sacred Place in Lithuania

While back home on a short holiday, we made our way to Šiauliai in northern Lithuania. It is a long way, around 2 hour drive, but Charlie’s mum wished to see The Hill of Crosses whatever it takes.

And so we left the sunny Baltic seaside. As soon as we left the western Lithuania,  we got ourselves into the heart of storm and rain which provided a rather dramatic backdrop to the whole set, making the place even more atmospheric.

The Hill of Crosses – a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Hill of Crosses is considered to be one of the most sacred places not only in Lithuania, but also in the world –  it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a very atmospheric place.

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

I remember visiting the place many years ago, when I was still a schoolgirl. We brought a cross and left it there and I recall my brother mentioning that it’s still standing.

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

People still keep the tradition alive by leaving crosses or anything sentimental in exchange for peace and freedom for the country and health and happiness for their families, friends and everyone else on this planet.

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

It is a historical monument. Some may imagine it being a huge hill, but it’s not. It’s only a tiny hill with countless amount of rosaries, carvings and devotional crosses silently guarding the past, present and the future.

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

During the Soviet Union era, many times Soviets tried to bulldoze and even drown the site. However unsuccessfully. People resisted.

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

The Hill is under nobody’s jurisdiction and anyone can leave a cross or a rosary whenever and wherever they feel like. If you happen to be nearby, I encourage you to pop in to breath in some of that incredible atmosphere.


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The Hill of Crosses, Lithunia