Monday, 25 July 2016

More Jewish Sites In Lithuania

The Holocaust devastated the Jews living in Lithuania. What's left behind? Head into any small town or village and chances are there's a synagogue, cemetery or both sites to see. A sad reminder of a way of life lost.

Jewish heritage tourism is on the rise in Lithuania and long forgotten structures are now starting to be preserved. History may be remembered.

The Big Summer Synagogue and the Small Winter Synagogue, Kedainiai. One of the buildings now houses a museum.

The synagogue in Sveksna. Jewish star around back.

Back in Kedainiai, a Jewish cemetery. Everything in Hebrew, no one buried there after 1941.

The rarest synagogues to find are those structures made of wood. This synagogue is in Ziezmariai. There are about a dozen wooden synagogues left in Lithuania. Preservation and restoration are moving forward on some of them.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Bird Watching And Ringing At The Ventes Ragas Station In Lithuania

If birds are calling you in Lithuania, there's no better place to go then the tiny Vente delta region. It's located on the lagoon side of the Curonian Spit and attracts multitudes of migrating birds. So many birds migrate there, the location includes a tagging and research station. And a little museum.

Old lighthouse on the point.

Bird station equipment and a little teaser at the entrance to the museum.

A 3-D teaser, one of many stuffed birds on display. Action!

Tools of the trade. Net 'em and ring 'em.

You really are at the point of the delta. Head down the jetty for a wide angle view of the lagoon.