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Av EvaLena Hallgren - 15 juli 2018 11:53

So we got on the ferry for a 4 hour crossing to the island. First, we found a very comfortable lounge chair where Mom thougt we could spend the evening on, but it got way to cold and windy.


 Going inside to curl up in a chair was so much better for me, but not great for Mom since she couldn't curl up like I do and these chairs aren’t big enough for her anyway. They were very uncomfortable straight high back and a seat that leaned forward? Mom thinks the ferry owner rather have people awake to eat, shop and gamble...........none of which we were interested in


Arriving at 1.10 in the morning, Mom pulled over at the first rest stop she could find and it was a great comfort to stretch out on the bed.

We awoke much later than usual and this gorgeous view outside.



After breakfast, we continued on and stopped at a bridge which opened for some sailboats......



The water is green and clear, and the sun hitting the water makes it sparkle like thousands of giant diamond chandeliers.


Driving along we notice the police having a roadblock checking the sobriety of everyone going the other direction. It is early on a Saturday morning, so we suppose it's the day after drinkers they're looking for. 

Mom would have been fine since the beer is too expensive here, so she hasn't had one for many days. 8 Euro is not worth it, she says......and I tend to agree


Åland comprises of Fasta Aland on which 90% of the population resides and a further 6,500 skerries and islands to its east. Fasta Åland is separated from the coast of Sweden by 38 kilometers (24mi) of open water to the west. In the east, the Åland archipelago is contiguous with the Finnish Archipelago Sea. Åland's only land border is located on the uninhabited skerry of Market. which it shares with Sweden.

Åland's autonomous status means that those provincial powers normally exercised by representatives of the central Finnish government are largely exercised by its own government.

We stopped at a shopping center where a friend of ours met up and we got guided around Mariestad which is the capital.


Then we drove to look at an old castle that was built on a small island to strengthen the Swedish presence on Åland. The island was surrounded by natural water and moats filled with several lines of poles, while the castle is surrounded by a 3-meter (10 ft) wall



Other attractions nearby include the Outdoor Museum Jan Karlsgården




During the summer, among other activity days organized here and since the 1940s it is a tradition to erect a maypole here on Midsummer Eve. The annual Little Christmas market, the first weekend in December, is Åland’s largest Christmas market.



everywhere you look there are water and sailboats, such a gorgeous island, unfortunately, they have not had any rain at all for several months so the leaves are turning yellow like it's fall. Everybody is now begging for rain especially the farmers since they can't grow enough crop for their animals.

Maybe that's why they now use fake animals I'm wondering?



Waiting for her friend to return from a remote island she decided to stay and relax at the campsite located right on the beach. Gorgeous place............Mom says she has been here a midsummer when she was a puppy ..........but that's old news. This was the view this moring


this man from Vienna had a lot of interesting things on his car and trailer. Mom loved his shoe-bumper


We found a twin to Lucy


 sunrise is at 4.44 AM and sunset at 10.45PM


Lucy is getting new decorations almost every day.


we are having a great day of napping, relaxing and walking ................no swimming? but I did hear Mom mentioning a bike ride? It's 2 pm and Mom is still not dressed, so I don't know what she's thinking...but I don't mind doing nothing so all is fine.

life is great


Av EvaLena Hallgren - 12 juli 2018 17:27

So we didn't make to Abo in one day, Mom felt tired so we stopped and spent the night halfway there.

Up early again and continuing on. I'm trying to tell Mom if she stopped getting up so early we would make it much further during the day. But the response to that is "who's in a hurry?" and I guess I couldn't argue

When we arrived in Abo we parked right at the dock 


Turku, as the city is called in Finnish is a city on the southwest coast of Finland, sitting at the Aura River. Dating from the 13th century, it's known for Turku Castle, a medieval fortress with a history museum, perched at the river mouth. There were many Pubs and restaurants that lined the cobbled riverside streets.

and there was a Motorcycle meeting there and again Mom decided to skip my carriage again so after ca.5 min. I sat down and demanded her to get it, and I won.



When Mom saw these she was grinning from ear to ear..............I think she had memories from puppyhood.......



Most everyone speaks English here so the communication difficulties are over. 89.4% of Turku's population speak Finnish as their native language, while 5.2% speak Swedish. The next most widely spoken languages are Russian (1.3%),

The dock went on forever and I'm glad I'm not walking. Mom gets a little annoyed when I bark on every big dog we meet which I don't do when I'm walking......(I'm not stupid) I don't bark at small dogs it's not as much fun


At the end of the dock was a car meeting, and everybody seemed most impressed by this rusty heap that once was a car. Mom liked this Edsel painted like it belonged in the airforce.


 King Bore is the God of Winter in the Nordic mythology so I'm pretty sure that's who the ship got her name from or is it possible a ship can be a bore?



gorgeous schooner, she had been a schoolship but now she sits still on the dock as a museum




A giant must have dropped a daisy............




This is how the lighthouse looked before electricity. they made a fire in the basket and raised up so the ship captain could find his way home



we had a very nice walk and so many cool things to look at from the statue of the mermaid who lost her tail to the many cranes at shipyards. The racecar guy that lost everything from his waist down...............maybe we could have stuck him on the mermaid to complement each other?





a nice evening like this it would have been nice to sit down with a beer and people watch but at 8 Euros a glass Mom didn't think it was worth it.



An amazing thing about these bikes is that they are for everyone, you use your phone (of course) pay and get a code to unlock the bike. When you put it back at any of these racks that are all over the town, you get charged accordingly. If you get a monthly bus ticket you get a code so you can use them free of charge.



I think Mom has gotten a little obsessed with bathrooms, noooono she says, just curious about different customs in different places she says like here in Finland they all have this little hose next to the bowl?  They do have paper too so it must be a choice Mom Thought. Well "when in Rome" and she tried it, and said it was like getting an enema.............guess it was a first and a last.




this is going to become Moms favorite expression when she doesn't like something.Maybe there's a bumpersticker?



These guys were twins, one the head of Police the other Head of firedepartment.............and how can we miss out on a photo opportunity like that ?


We slept very well, and in the morning we went to the dock to buy another ferry-ticket to an island in the Baltic sea called Aland. Least expensive is sailing in the middle of the night and we arrive at 1.20 am Saturday morning.

Since we're spending one more night in Abo we were going to investigate the castle which is a medieval building in the city. Together with the Cathedral, the castle is one of the oldest buildings still in use in Finland. it is the largest surviving medieval building and. It was founded in the late 13th century and stands on the banks of the Aura river.


 Our timing was perfect since there was a medieval festival going on. I have been to that several times before in America so I didn't think it'll be anything different but it was. This was a Championship in jousting and we cheered for the girl from Canada even though she was last. Actually, I think she did amazing against the men, the lance was super heavy said Mom who of course had to ask to hold one


 The announcer was loud and the cheering, clapping and shouting became too much for me so Mom walked me back to Lucy to rest.


I met this cute girl and I could tll she really liked me


This pig does look like he's laughing but that must be an illusion since he's cooked which means he's dead.


eewwww , can dogs be vegetarians ?


This cooked little fishes looked like bait, and the guy let Mom have one to taste. They were salty and not bad at all, but I'm sure they are made that way so people buy lots of 8 Euro beers.  


The salmon and the fried herring looked amazing though but Mom wasn't hungry, and she wasn't about to buy me a hot dog 


There were rules in this game, they have to hit on the opponents' shield only and the tip of the lance breaks off in sections. I think they got points on how many sections?


this is by far the cutest jouster in the entire place


Little bit too early for a drink, but a 3 Euro water had to be bought because MOm forgot to bring some.


This lady made chocolate covered strawberries and apples, Mom resisted even though I could see she would have liked to dip her finger in that bowl a few times.


how gruesome is this game? I say we're not staying for that, Mom agreed 


Finns are winning so far and the Swedes right behind...........

this vendor was selling knives and stones to sharpen them.


and a future model maybe?


This was to go on several days and it was other parts of this riding too, but Mom thought of me sitting alone so we left driving to this old village and parked at the campsite right next to it and we both took a nap.

We'll have all day tomorrow to look at the village.

All is well, Lucy is behaving, Linnea doesn't have to work as hard anymore, roadsigns are big and easier to read, roads are smooth as a,,,,,well, you know......weather is perfect...... life is good




Av EvaLena Hallgren - 11 juli 2018 00:18

We got up at 4.30 am in Tallinn for a reason I didn't understand"ferry isn't leaving until 8am I know Mom likes early mornings, but this is ridiculous ..............So Mom tried the "it's a good thing to be on time youneverknow thing. HA, I knew she couldn't sleep because she's worried about getting seasick.........but Mom I got this, you be fine just put on those bracelets that worked so well last time........(the mind over matter thing?)

We took an early walk on a deserted dock and I have to agree, this time in the morning isn't bad, Mom is slow so I get ample time to carefully sniff and read everything that's happening in the hood. We are so far North now so it stays light most of the 24 hours,


Here we're ready to drive into the belly of the ferry for a 2 hour sailing to Helsinki


Early on we got to choose the best seat in the house, top deck couch at the stern..................it's windy and cold we can't stay here for two hours


japp japp, Much better Mom


for a while, we took a window seat to look out on the ocean 


we met a sweet adorable little boy who played with a ladybug and stroked me very gently 


So goodbye Estonia


and hello Finland................Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway, and Russia. Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea



so we parked Lucy very close to town and Mom planned to stay here for the night and checked the parking meter that it'll be possible. Sure it's free from 9pm to 9am. Perfect........

Mom said it was so close I could walk and left my buggy.................I say a HUGE mistake....



Not that it was very far, but so many legs to dodge everywhere, the noise and worst of all the F@#$#ing seagulls, there are hundreds, no thousands of millions of them, and they're constantly divebombing me..............I don't like it.




Mom had to use the ladies room and was quite surprised to see this..............I don't even know what it means? A hole for what now? and a button to push for the seat to go up and down? high tech stuff ..............Mom was very tempted to push the alarm button just to see what will happen..............I warned her that it could result in a fine........she understood that and since everything is MUCH more expensive here then other countries we came from she refrained.




The market was full of people so Mom carried me, and took a quick look around while she's moaning about how expensive everything is. This is not Poland anymore...


this lady is selling her fish that she cooked directly off her boat. I wanted to wait and see how she hands the customers her fish. Would she toss it to them? how do you pay? like a coin toss?


Helsinki has one of the highest urban standards of living in the world. In the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2016 liveability survey, Helsinki was ranked ninth among 140 cities.

It' is a nice city I only have one complaint................enough of these cobblestone streets. It's a pain in the a$$ to drive on, walk on, ride on........



 The Helsinki Cathedral is the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral of the Diocese of Helsinki located in the center of the city. The church was originally built from 1830-1852 as a tribute to the Grand-duke of Finland, Tsar Nicholas the first of Russia. It was also known as St, Nicholas Church until the independence of Finland in 1917.


The stone man is Emperor AlexanderII of Russia




and here's the government palace



dam seagulls everywhere ...............help



Uspenski Cathedral is an Eastern Orthodox cathedral dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos. Its name comes from the Old Church Slavonic word uspenie, which denotes the Dormition.

I have no clue what all that means ?? Mom copied it from the web...................but it's about the building for sure



there goes the ferry to Sweden ...I wish we were on it, because this is not fun.............dam seagulls


forgot what this fancy building was 



nor do I know who the guy on the horse is



we could have seen the entire town from this wheel and avoided the seagulls, but Mom................nooooo she is afraid of heights



Mom wanted to stop and listen to this guy because according to her he was very good, but I got wind of the direction of Lucy so I'm hauling legs......and all of a sudden Mom sees a clock on a wall and noticed she forgot to change timezone on hers.................sh## the parking meter.... a parking ticket here is 75 Euro ($88)



This is not a very uncommon sight here in the north. The making of that bike started in Christiania Freetown located in Copenhagen(One of Moms favorite places)


So I got my way and we're back in Lucy and Mom decided we might as well find a quieter spot to sleep and off we went. Nothing bad about Helsinki but I'm really tired of big cities, and I think Mom is too............it's time for a little country air

so goodbye Helsinki 



I think this says "have a good day" if it doesn't I think it should,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, we had no parking ticket



It's now 2.30 am ................good night 







Av EvaLena Hallgren - 9 juli 2018 18:03

This kitty had found a home behind Lucy and I was planning to share my breakfast with her, but she ran as soon as mOm opened the door.............WHo am I kidding I do NOT share food unless Mom makes me.


So we said goodbye to Riga and heading north we soon reached the next border and this is the remnants from the old custom and passport control at the border.


Just like I predicted we didn't make it to Tallinn Mom saw an article that went like this..................................Pärnu is a resort city in southwestern Estonia, overlooking Pärnu Bay. The city is bisected by the Pärnu River, which has paths on both banks, both of which end in stone jetties in the bay. The city is known for its 19th-century timber villas and for sandy Pärnu Beach, with its shallow waters and promenade. Behind the beach, Pärnu Beach Park has fountains, trails, and neoclassical spa buildings..............................and it's on our way .......... let's stop in and check it out and we did



we parked Lucy and we went bike riding all around this little village. Nice with a small town feel to wind down, and I think we pretty much covered every single bike path there was.

How about this cool idea for a bike parking?



this is a great looking surface of this house Mom thought would make a perfect backdrop in a fashion photo....... It's falling apart I say.....


We met a little Yorkie which I took one whiff of and than turned my back to mark my uninterest. Mom, on the other hand, was being cutsie cutsie with her..............and her dad seemed to think she was the most amazing thing in the world...............like I am to Mom


just like the article said there were many cool wooden houses.


and doors


Coolest looking lady in town,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, without a doubt


we spent some time in the park that was very clean and quiet...................nice to do nothing but sit around and listen to the birds chirping and leaves razzling in the wind 


riding home along the river Mom cracked up at this graffiti. I know it's wrong to do it, but sometimes they're so good

you just have to give credit to the artist.   


this is a real pro on murals


Following morning, as usual, no rush to get going but by 10 am we were on the road to Tallinn 13 mil (80miles) north.

We got to the ferry terminal and bought tickets. Best price is early tomorrow morning so we'll wait. 

I also had to get a stamp in my passport that I was dewormed ??? I beg your pardon? I do not have worms.............Mom says she knows that but we still need a veterinarian to sign the passport.

We got a buggy ride to the vet and Daniel pedaled through the city streets like he has done that all his life.....zigzagged sometimes on the sidewalk and sometimes in the streets, beating the cablecars ......it was a great ride.


after the vet. he took us around the town to show the pretty parks and statues and churches and..............well you know the usual stuff.

I think the lady in pink is stalking us ?


this is the parliament building


the library


another tourist ride,not as cool as ours though


cobblestone streets are eally popular here, and yes they are cool looking, but a pain in the a$$ to ride on


here is a very interesting tree, the trunk looks like a person and the leaves wings


Daniel pedaled us back to Lucy and Mom chatted with him about his future (Mom is very nosy) he was a studying business and dreamed about starting his own company someday. They also compared notes about world news and solved many problems while at it...............haha

now we're ready to call it a night to make sure we're up ready for the ferry early 


all is good

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 8 juli 2018 07:14

So we started to explore the city by the freedom tower and after a few pictures, Mom discovered that the SDcard wasn't in the camera (still sitting in the PC) so the pictures she had taken was stored in the cameras internal memory and that was now full. Ok no big deal, we just buy a new card and continue on. Now she can't find the first pictures so she "stole" the following 2 photos from the net. Can't find who the photographer was so she can't give credit.

The Freedom Monument is a memorial located in Riga, Latvia, honoring soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence. It is considered an important symbol of the freedom, independence, and sovereignty of Latvia.



Latvia is a sovereign state in between Estonia and Lithuania and to the east is Russia.

The Republic of Latvia was established on 18 November 1918 when it broke away and declared independence from Russia in the aftermath of world war I, however, by the 1930s, the country became increasingly autocratic after the coup in 1934 establishing an authoritarian regime. The country's de facto independence was interrupted at the outset of World War II, beginning with Latvia's forcible incorporation into the Soviet Union followed by the invasion and occupation by Nazi Germany in 1941, and the re-occupation by the Soviets in 1944 which formed the Latvian SSR for the next fifty years.

The peaceful Singing Revolution, starting in 1987, called for Baltic emancipation from Soviet rule and condemning the "Stalinist" regime's illegal takeover. It ended with the Declaration on the Restoration of Independence on May 4, 1990



Latvia is a democratic republic and a very highly developed country. People seem educated and happy We haven't seen so many smiling people in a long time..............maybe it has something to do with their ongoing festival with so many street performers and people in traditional costumes dancing.


This MUST be the cutest kid we ever have seen said Mom, 


The house of the Blackheads is a building situated in the old town. The original building was erected during the first third of the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads a guild for unmarried merchants, shipowners, and foreigners in Riga. Major works were done in the years 1580 and 1886, adding most of the ornamentations. 

The building was bombed to a ruin by the Germans on June 28, 1941 and the remains were demolished by the Soviets in 1948. The current reconstruction was erected from 1995 to 1999



We truly enjoyed the atmosphere of Riga, it felt very different from other big cities we visited..............


Street vendors selling their goods and it was a little more than the typical tourist souvenir stuff, Lots of knitted homemade good quality stuff.


I'm wondering if this is lady works as a scarecrow on her regular job...........Naah says Mom she looks too happy to have a job, she must be retired......




Soccer game Sweden England is on every big screen in every bar, and it seems like most are cheering for England, and maybe that's why Sweden lost and are now out of the game .............



time to take a break have a beer and people watch for a while...........




No picture can make this monument justice, it was sparkling in the sun and the wind made it all move slowly sending sun cats everywhere. Guess it could be really annoying if it hits you directly in the eye though.



We noticed a lot of ceramic cats was sold in every souvenir stand, so Mom asked what that was all about? and the story goes

Getting into the Great Guild in Latvia in the 14th century, was an incredibly huge honor. Similarly, getting snubbed from the Great Guild was a gigantic insult.

One Riga local was so offended that he attached a black cat on top of his building so it would cast its evil glare upon the Guild for as long as the building would stand.

With an arched back, the Black Cat of Riga seems ready to strike and clearly states the man’s displeasure at not getting admitted to the Guild. Obviously, the members of the guild hated the sculpture, and a fight between the man and the guild raged for months to come. Although an agreement was reached and the statue turned around, the Black Cat still sits on its perch in Old Town Riga.

Of course, now we set out to find the cat, so we were walking around looking up like the real tourists..............

Nope, that's not it, that's a wolf................different story?




we come around a corner and "There it is!" Mom happily declared in a loud voice and pointed at it. People looking at her wondering who she's talking to...................haha I'm used to Moms craziness so I wasn't surprised



across the street was indeed a guild, so maybe it is true story? and not just a legend  




MOm thinks this guy in the robe must be a famous boxer or a king or something..............so glad he was walking so fast Mom never got a chance to ask him about it..........



Pretty sure there's a story behind this statue too.........sure is Mom says. It's a well-known children's story.................

Once upon a time, there was a man who owned a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster............... The"Town Musicians of Bremen"  is a popular fairy tale retrieved and recorded by the Grimms Brothers. It was first published in 1819. It tells the story of four aging domestic animals, who after a lifetime of hard work are neglected and mistreated by their former masters. Eventually, they decide to run away and become town musicians in the city of Bremen. Contrary to the story's title the characters never arrive in Bremen, as they succeed in tricking and scaring off a band of robbers, capturing their spoils, and moving into their house. 




Riga is a wonderful city to stroll around in, much different from the previous cities we have visited. The river Daugava runs through and we saw many people rowing boats, kind of like a romantic thing like the Venice gondolas. Pictures from the park are in the memory of the camera...................darn it. I could have done without the cobblestone streets though.............the wheels on my ride are very small and often get stuck in the cracks so my ride is quite bumpy. There's no room for napping until we stand still. Mom says I'm not supposed to nap, I should take in all the gorgeous sights............I am I am but I just do it so much quicker ....



Here's a future hard rock guitar player ..................cute but he made some miserable noise according to Mom but that's the music for the young crowd I try to tell her..............she'll never change her opinion on that, still noise to her




finally time to go back to Lucy and rest for the night.



It's now 9.30 am on Sunday, and it's time to get Lucy ready for another drive, this time maybe we'll make it to yet another country, and the city of Tallinn. That's almost 109 miles from here, so there's room for a lot of changes if I know Mom .....................which I do real well.


see ya later alligator 







Av EvaLena Hallgren - 7 juli 2018 21:56

So we are in a new country now, and it's very nice, but first I have to tell you about last night.

Mom had already done what she does every evening getting comfy in her jammies when several cars with flags showed up and parked on the grass? 

They invited Mom to come to celebrate and sing with them..............none of them spoke English or German so they used the international hand and smile language.

NOw we found out it is Statehood Day which is an annual public holiday in Lithuania celebrated on July 6 to commemorate the coronation in 1253 of Mindaugas as the only King of Lithuania.

I suppose this was their national anthem...........but we're not sure..........it seemed serious and a little formal I thought



MOm thought that was it, but nooo no no, sit down and eat with us, so they spread a white tarp on the ground and started to up food and vodka. Mom got her chairs and a table and joined in and had a great time despite not understanding one word.


  That brown mug got filled several times and passed around. Straight vodka is not something Mom likes but she wanted to fit in so she sipped very little each time. I thought that was comforting to see.



The biggest guy I've ever seen was the guy in the gray sweatsuit. I know he liked me, but he scared me when he wanted to stroke me because his hand covered my entire body and I can tell he was very strong.

I was told he was a Russian soldier and they said something about Siberia too?

They slept in their cars and how the big guy fit in his little yellow car is unbelievable. The couple in the Cadillac had the best space.

IN the morning they were getting very busy polish and shine their cars because they were driving to church. 


Mom used Google translate to tell them how much she appreciated the invite and how great time she had, and she gave the ladies her ladybug good luck hats. They couldn't write back since they have a Cyrillic alphabet, but she got kisses on both cheeks. 

Before they left they came with a gift for Mom. It was a bottle of vodka and green pinecones. Lady said she was Apoteka and medicine, so finally, Mom understood she should soak the pinecones in vodka for 6 months.............but she is not clear if she's supposed to eat the pinecones or drink the vodka? the lady said no alcohol no alcohol?

They all had this flag (and the Lithuanian) on their cars so Mom thinks it was a car club


After goodbyes, we drove off to the next goal which was only a few miles away............On the way, we spotted this stork nest so close to the road, so Mom could finally get a closer look.


Next stop was the Hill of crosses...............

When the old political structure of Eastern Europe fell apart in 1918, Lithuania once again declared it's independence throughout this time, the Hill of Crosses was used as a place for Lithuanians to pray for peace, for their country, and for the loved ones they had lost during the wars


Now I understand what Mom was doing this morning, she just HAD to leave a mark here. Personally, I don't understand why she didn't leave a ladybug? Mom said it's because it's the hill of crosses not the hill of ladybugs...............

It wasn't the best cross..............but I'm sure it'll disappear in the masses


The site took on a special significance during the years 1944–1990 when they were occupied by the Soviet Union. Continuing to travel to the hill and leave their tributes, Lithuanians used it to demonstrate their allegiance to their original identity, religion, and heritage. It was a venue of peaceful resistance, although the Soviets worked hard to remove new crosses, and bulldozed the site at least three times (including attempts in 1963 and 1973).



On September 7, 1993, Pope John Paul II, visited the Hill of Crosses, declaring it a place for hope, peace, love, and sacrifice. In 2000 a Franciscan hermitage was opened nearby. The hill remains under nobody's jurisdiction; therefore people are free to build crosses as they see fit.

People are making crosses from the pebbles on the walkway.

The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006



I wasn't allowed to visit this place so I watched Lucy (napped) so I missed meeting this nice man playing the accordion 


as always there was a gift shop by the parking lot, selling wooden crosses and rosary beads. Amber is big here and this tree was pretty cool...........mom left with nothing..


Like I began to say, we are in a different country now, as a matter of fact, we are camping in Latvia's capital which is Riga. We had another great day in town, but I'll tell you about that tomorrow, now it's time to sleep


Of I have also forgotten to tell you we have been in a different timezone for a while so now it's 7 hours later than in Florida.

Night Night 







Av EvaLena Hallgren - 6 juli 2018 22:10

What a difference a day and sunshine can make...............yesterday was a down day for Mom and this morning she got up so early, and didn't make the usual coffee and just left the campsite she really hated but the only choice since we're in a national park. 

Anyway, no more than a 15 minutes later she found a nice parking space and made the coffee and fed me and then the sun came up.............instant mood change. (I know why Mom was pissy last night, but I'm not allowed to tell..............)

Steeped in Lithuanian mythology, the Curonian Spit is a legend said to have been formed a long, long time ago by a beautiful giant girl named Neringa, who created this sandy peninsula to protect the bay from a stormy sea created by an evil serpent. This story can loosely be understood by observing the beautiful wooden carvings along the "Hill of Witches" in Juodkrante, a village where we stopped and spent several hours this morning................very fitting thinking of Moms tantrum yesterday.



Work began in 1979 on the sculpture park, and it now features 80 different wooden carvings from local artists. Painstakingly hand-crafted, each sculpture depicts a popular character from folk and pagan traditions in the Juodkrante. The public park got its name long before the sculptures were placed along the wooded trails, and is, in fact, a reference to the pagan celebrations that take place on the hill during the Midsummer’s Eve Festival.



The location of the Hill of Witches was previously used as the site of a yearly festival called Jonines (St. John’s Eve). Occurring on June 24th, this festival was a mix of pagan and Christian celebrations with dancing and merriment. The celebration culminated in a search for a magic fern blossom at midnight.This celebration was stopped during WWI


I had no idea what was going to happen, and in the beginning, when it was uphill I tried to protest so Mom should get my carriage but she didn't give in, so I had no choice to walk along. I did try to get these two stiffs to carry me but they were frozen and didn't move. it was a slow walk and a lot to sniff, so I started to enjoy it too. 



It was so early so at first, we were alone in this magical forest but soon a nice young couple came and the girl Amber was born close by and knew the legends and told many stories as we walked along. She told us this was the Devil and he's asking you to tell him your wishes and it'll come true. He's holding his hand by his ear as he's listening..............


This is too spooky for me............but knowing what happen last night I knew there was no use of me telling her not to...........and sure enough.


Amber also said something to him in her native tongue, and then her boyfriend did in his language and he was Romanian. I guess the Devil knows ALL languages..............wonder if he'll understand if I ask for those special treats we're out of.


The hill became overgrown with huge pine trees that now stand as high as the eye can see. Listen closely – you can hear them whispering to you in the breeze.

Once you reach the summit and start to make your way down the back side of the hill, you will notice a different feeling. The sunlight seems to be hidden behind the trees, the wind picks up just a little bit, and the carvings are of gruesome things like Lucifer and the Gates of Hell, scary sorcerers, and wicked witches. Beware – you don’t want to get caught on this side of the hill after dark or you might never return................here's Christian and Amber trying out a ride


all of a sudden we heard music at the bottom of the hill 


we stopped and listened and both kids fell in love with me and asked their father for permission to come and see me after they finished their song.


this is a hill where the witches, goblins, fairies, fortune tellers, and devils all come together each night after sunset. They party, drink, dance, gamble, and play cards. Most of all, they scare the wits out of any mortals that dare to enter the hill after dark! They roam the hill all night, frightening, confusing, luring, and tormenting any human who crosses their path. The only reprieve for all mortals is when the rooster finally crows at dawn. It was a warning to all party-goers of the pending sunlight that would soon pass over the hill. As soon as the rooster crows, all the magical and mystical beings disappear as if they had never been there at all.


we said goodbye to the nice couple and Mom looked around in a souvenir stand and finally found a wind chime she liked. Every year she brings a ddifferent one to the Florida room.



this is the Lithuanina flag in case you didn't know


Mom loves these stock roses and was admiring them in someones yard



The owner of the yard kept an eye on us so I didn't dare lift my leg and mark anything here, she didn't look like she would share her yard with me .........



and on we went, back on the ferry to the mainland and I'm doing the copiloting as usual



We're heading North to yet another country and we started off on a very good road but as usual, Mom has to make changes. This road looks like a quilt which Mom christened to "50 shades of gray"....................oh gee how original




We're still in Lithuania and we thought it was kind of strange there aren't billions of 18wheelers on the road and now we found out it's a holiday Lithuanian independence day.

we're camping in a gorgeous place and our closets neighbors are this cute.






as we're sitting here in Lucy a few cars with flags shows up and we got invited to their party, but that's another story I'll tell you about tomorrow.


Good NIght











Av EvaLena Hallgren - 5 juli 2018 21:56

Lithuania is a country and the southernmost of Europe’s Baltic states, a former Soviet bloc nation bordering Poland, Latvia, and Belarus. The capital is Vilnius and known for its medieval Old Town. Mom says we have seen so many Old Towns now so she looked for a national park instead.

As world war I neared its end, Lithuania's act of independence was signed on 16 February 1918, declaring the founding of the modern Republic of Lithuania. In the midst of the secondworld war, Lithuania was first occupied by the Soviet Union and then by Nazi Germany. As World War II neared its end and the Germans retreated, the Soviet Union reoccupied Lithuania On 11 March 1990, a year before the formal dissolution of Soviet Union Lithuania became the first Baltic state to declare itself independent after 50 years of Soviet occupation.

After driving on so many bad roads in Poland, it felt good driving on smooth roads again. The landscape is flat and mostly farmland. it looks like a huge quilt in many nuances of green, yellow and brown with a few splashes of blue where there's a lake or a river.

this is a marker of the highest elevation on the highway.


sometimes this red line is a divider and it's like a washboard and makes a lot of noise when you drive on it. Also, it makes my chair vibrate so it disturbs my nap. It makes Mom giggle



finally, we got to the ferry luckily  a very short one so we could stay in Lucy


Now we are at Curonian Spit which is a long thin piece of land that is 98 km (60 miles)long and only 0.4 km (450yards)wide at its narrowest point and 4 km (2,4miles)wide at its widest. The Lithuanian portion of the Curonian Spit (a portion of the spit is within Russia’s Kaliningrad territory) is home to historic fishing communities. An additional unique feature of the Curonian Spit is the shifting dunes, located between Nida and Kaliningrad.

We are in Nida and on the other side of that black line is Russia and Mom is tempted to drive there to take pictures of the border guards.............MOM, do NOT make trouble.... My advice is not to do that so we get out of here together



the smooth driving roads are now gone, for 55 miles we bounced around like a little dingy on the ocean. Sure it would have been better if Mom slowed down but she felt bad for all the small cars that got stuck behind and some made really scary passings on this narrow road. Why such a hurry? Usually, Mom pulls to the side to let people pass but there was no way to do that here.



After parking Lucy at a camp in the forest, sandy pinecones and needles covering the ground which is not very nice. It is the only campsite here and you're not allowed to park anywhere else.

We went for a bike ride and Mom was very pleased with the new bike, but I'm not noticing any difference.................maybe because it's the same basket?




We went around town but it didn’t feel all that exciting since it’s not sunny and not much to do, not a lot of tourists either.



it looked like a typical little fishing village



Mom has a feeling it's a playground for the newly rich because it's quite a while since we have seen these cars or someone this happy on his yatch 



I tried out a Mercedes but I think the bike basket is cosier 



this looked like love



this dog had a collar of amber..............lots of tourist souvenir shops selling amber here............Mom didn't buy any



not a great day to be on the beach



all that was left to do was to eat, and Mom ordered fish and drank 2 beers………………...uhoh, it’s not Polen prices anymore, we are on Euros now..................



time to say good night all









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