Klaipeda and the Curonian Sand Spit

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From Ventspils south through the tunnel of pine trees, we stopped once to make our way to the sea, and found a surprisingly modern cafe, where we met the man who runs the Riga crematorium. We turned down his kind invitation to visit his house as we were short of time. So on to Klaipeda and our apartment.
Our apartment in Klaipeda was a strange place. It was a new block, and I had the feeling that the builder had gone bust and it had been sold as holiday apartments - the building was of high quality, but the final furnishings were low quality flat pack. We had to summon the owner by phone, and he did not even show us in to the apartment, just gave us the key at the door and disappeared.
The Curonian Spit is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. It is only some 2 km wide. Its southern portion lies within Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia and its northern within southwestern Lithuania. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared by the two countries. The sand has slowly stabilised over the years
We walked out across a board walk towards the sea, and various notice boards explained the geology. A little further on we came to ..
..a large collection of unique wooden sculptures by various artists, displayed on the Hill of Witches. The sculpture park was started in 1979 and now has more than 70 wooden objects. Most of the figures are based on Lithuanian legends or folk tales.
Before the surrounding area was planted with tress, visitors could admire a view of the sea and the lagoon! But today you really do walk through a forest planted on sand. Apples were growing in the gardens of the houses as we walked through villages.
The two thing they sell to tourists appear to be wind dried fish (plenty of both here) and wind vanes (again with this amount of wind one would be useful)


Our Itinerary in the Baltics