A TRIP TO THE COUNTRY

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 Inn

Our room--not fancy but nice.

The pool---sauna on the bottom floor.

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.

A platform for a stork nest was built on the roof of this building near the church.

Oddly, this statue of Jesus looks very much like the pagan art--all carved in tree trunks.

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,

Viso gero.

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3 thoughts on “A TRIP TO THE COUNTRY

  1. Hey Bonnie,
    Thanks for the beautiful photos from your weekend in the country! What a lovely place inside and out. I absolutely love that photo of the winter wonderland with the bridge in the distance. I am impressed that you could stay outside long enough to take photos in -12 degree weather! The inn is quite spectacular. They’ve obviously done a lot of work in that place. Do they have regular guests staying there? Did you get in the pool? It looked lovely too but only if it was really warm! The Russian-looking lady in the grocery store is a great spy photo. Nice work! I bought my dad a big fluffy hat like that in St. Petersburg but he doesn’t get much cause to wear it in Charleston!
    I hope the 12th floor restaurant has great food to go with its great views. Happy Valentine’s Day to you both! Melissa

    • Alas, when we got there, although the restaurant was mostly empty, all the tables had been “reservated”. So, next door to a distinctly lesser place. Oh well, there’s always next time.

      The inn usually takes only groups – but if you decide to come over, we can make up a group. We didn’t go into the pool or sauna – both very warm, but no bathing suits. If this were a Swedish group, that would be no problem, but we are all Americans, and somewhat more reticent about too much exposure to the elements.

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