Monthly Archives: July 2006

kaunas dulls the senses… hardly…

window ornament  kaunas, lithuania

they followed me, he glared at me…  kaunas, lithuania

texture  kaunas, lithuania

surface  kaunas, lithuania

surface  kaunas, lithuania

form  kaunas, lithuania

le boulevard  kaunas, lithuania

the ground benath my feet  kaunas, lithuania

kaunas is one of those places i added to the itinerary based on a recommendation as a “lovely place”. as i rolled into kaunas, i was hard-pressed to remember exactly what was meant to be lovely about it. the long road into town ran through industrial areas both abandoned and working… all of it less than charming. even when i arrived at the center of town, i still couldn’t see it. i checked into a big sovet-era hotel in the center and set out for a stroll along the main pedestrian boulevard behind the hotel. little by little the town grew on me… from odd sculptures, to beautiful people to the run-down old town which has yet to be seized up on by architecture offices and loft developers (it’s really only a matter of time…)

curonian spit.. worth drooling over

the lagoon side of the spit  nerunga (the curonian spit), lithuania

no clubs, no bars, no ice cream stands, no lifeguards… can it really be?  nerunga (the curonian spit), lithuania

it thrills me to find unspoiled coastline… a shame that it needs an unesco world heritage designation to exist that way…

christians are creepy…

Hill of Crosses  格auliai, lithuania

Hill of Crosses  šiauliai, lithuania

Hill of Crosses  šiauliai, lithuania

…but they make some wicked cool memorials. the Hill of Crosses in lithuania is located some 40km south of the latvian border. the importance of this site goes back to the 14th century as a place where catholics paid tribute to the survival of the church in the face of numerous invasions. in more recent times, the hill was bull-dozed by the soviets many times beginning in 1961 (going so far is to level the hill and dump rubbish on the site) each time coming back bigger, stronger and creepier than before. during the great soviet debacle, placing a cross on the hill was dangerous and forbidden and had more to do with lithuanian nationalism than an act of devotion. today the hill is once again a place of pilgrimage, where the faithful can create a memorial fire hazard in relatively safe environs…