Visiting the Lithuanian coastal town.
In autumn of 2015 I was on a trip around parts of Northern Europe, starting off with some travel through the Baltic countries. It was a wonderfully relaxed trip and had included some coastal/seaside areas of Estonia and Latvia. My first venture into Lithuania stuck by the coast and I took a bus to the town of Klaipėda.
Klaipėda sits on the Lithuanian coast around half way between the border with Latvia to the north and the border of the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad to the south. As a first foray into Lithuania it was a memorable one as the beautiful sunny weather was perfect for wandering around the pristine little city centre. A lot of the historic buildings appear to have remained untouched despite a sometimes troublesome history for Klaipėda.
Part of the charm of the city is the street art around most corners. The Klaipėda ghost is climbing out of the harbour, the old town cat hides away on a side street, the chessboard provides a past time for some people on a nice day, and the sculpture park brings out a more creative (surreal?) side.
My stop was one night and almost two full days. In hindsight I could have spent longer here to see a bit more outside of the town. I stayed at a hotel near the sculpture park, which is around a ten minute walk to the centre, and spent most of my time in and around the harbour, the river front and the Meridianas boat, and the city centre. It was a fantastic, sunny Saturday evening with a nice atmosphere in the bars and restaurants.
Klaipėda set the bar high for Lithuania and I hoped other places were much the same. That was to change, however, with my next stop.