A Short Trip North

Hello World !

I haven’t posted in quite a long time ! Two years to be precise. Don’t you for a second think that I spent all this time just sitting around at home and forgot about traveling. I traveled quite a lot ! I’ve visited Europe last summer and taken short little trips to Denver, Colorado; Nashville, Tennessee and most recently Madison, Wisconsin.

This post is dedicated to Madison, Wisconsin because I was surprised of the beauty and scenery of this capital city. Driving into the city is a magical experience ! Lake Monona lies right at the edge of the city when you drive on Beltline Highway. I spotted many canoes on the lake, bike riders and runners along the lake shore exercising.

The first stop I made was the Wisconsin State Capitol which reminded me of the Cathedral in Helsinki because of the huge dome and large steps. Upon some research I discovered that the Capitol dome is topped by Daniel Chester French’s guilded bronze statue, which is called “Wisconsin”. Pretty cool, right ?! And the most awesome part is that the interior dome of the rotunda is decorated by Edwin Blashfield’s mural called Resources of Wisconsin”. I then begin to drown in self pity because I didn’t go on a tour of the State Capitol…but I always cheer myself up by saying that I will return to each city to find even more unknown city gems !

When I saw the lake driving into Madison, Wisconsin, I knew I needed to take a picture of the exquisite city view with the lake in the forefront. The center of Madison seems to be built on a hill making it no surprise that Vilnius, Lithuania is a sister city ! The lake views are amazing and peaceful. I decided that this would be the place where I return this summer to kayak (even though I don’t know how to !). There were many fishermen trying to catch fish perhaps for dinner.

In conclusion, I can definitely recommend Madison, Wisconsin for a day trip ! The lake makes it a perfect city to relax in, grab a kayak and paddle around !

Until next time !

The CrAzY Explorer

3 Pearls of Lithuania

Continuing my post about Lithuania, I want you to know, that Lithuania has some amazing places to check out. To some I have even been twice because they were that incredible!

LADAKALNIS

Ladakalnis

It is a 175 m high mountain in the region of Ignalina at the national park of Aukštaitija. Once you climb to the top, you can experience an incredible view and especially on a clear day. From the top, you can see 7 different lakes: Ūkojas, Linkmenas, Almajas, Asėkas, Asalnai, Lūšiai and Alksnas.

There is a custom, which some people still follow- to bring some rocks to the top of the mountain and put them by an oak tree.  The place where the oak tree grows now, people used to give offers to the goddess Lada. Some people thing that is how the mountain got its name.

I climbed to the top of Ladakalnis last summer. The weather that day was really good- not a cloud in the sky. I really recommend visiting this mountain and don’t worry if you haven’t been to the gym for a long time. Anyone is capable of climbing it!

PUNTUKAS

Puntukas

The second largest boulder in Lithuania! It is located about 5km from the town of Anykščiai. This rock has a really interesting legend. It is believed, that a devil carried the stone to destroy the the Church of Anykščiai, but a rooster crowed and the devil disappeared back to the underworld but left the rock behind. A famous Lithuanian poet, Antanas Baranauskas, wrote about it in his poem “Anykščių šilelis”.

Everyone at school visits this rock during a school trip. And especially when studying about the poem “Anykščių šilelis”.

NIDA

A small resort town on the Curonian Spit. It is the westernmost point of Lithuania. Tourists from Lithuania, Germany, Russia and Latvia are the ones to visit this town the most. Nida is better for family vacations and especially people who like peaceful vacations. If any of you like parties, clubs, you will not find this in Nida. Palanga is your vacation destination for entertainment.

Nida is famous for the highest sand dunes in Europe. People are not allowed to slide from them or walk in every part of the dunes because every year, the dune gets smaller and smaller. When walking through the dunes, I wouldn’t suggest making any phone calls, because Kaliningrad is really near and your phone might be catching Russia’s phone companies. Calls might be really expensive!

Have you been to any of these places? If so, did you like them? Do you think there are more pearls of Lithuania?

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