Friday evening we boarded a small bus with eight other faculty/faculty wives for an overnighter in the country about 100 miles or so from Klaipeda. Our accommodations were unique–a country inn built inside the structure of an old, abandoned mill. It is owned by the family of two students, Justina and Gabriella, who also live in the mill–it is large enough to contain the family’s living quarters as well.
The place was totally charming and I took quite a few photos. At the risk of boring you, I am including several of them here. We sure wished that you could have been there with us and we do recommend it in case you’re ever travelling through Lithuania.
The grounds were lovely and the owner had built little bridges over the mill stream. There were several of the wooden statues of the pagan gods and goddesses frequently seen here. Lithuania was the last European country to be converted to Christianity but still it seems odd that habits of that pagan era remain–like putting pagan statues in your garden.
While we were outside taking the photos below, it was approximately minus 12 degrees Fahrenheit.
The owner of the mill has a friend who creates metal arts so there were many examples of his work–which was very interesting and different–both inside and outside.
On Saturday, we drove about the countryside. There wasn’t much to see except two 18th century churches and a lot of snow. The churches were fortunate survivors of many wars.
The last two days it has been considerably warmer here–all the way up to about 33 F right now–above freezing for the first time in more than two weeks. I’m hoping we’ve seen the last of the really cold weather. There is much we want to see and we just don’t get out and about much when it is zero and below.
Here is a picture I took of an attractive, Russian perhaps?, woman at the grocery store last week. I love the outfit–she is a bit more dressed up than the typical Wal Mart customer. There are several stores here that have very fancy coats similar to this one. As most are so poor, I am surprised by the number of really up-scale clothing shops here in Klaipeda.
By the way, I didn’t notice until I cropped this picture that it looks like there are old twin men in the background. I was trying to hurry so she wouldn’t see me taking her picture.
Chuck remains very busy, although not quite so busy this week. I’ll take advantage of this to let him take me out for Valentine’s Day. I’d like to try the 12th floor restaurant in the Hotel Klaipeda. Chuck’s been there, and says the view is the best in town. Until next time,