From the Curonian Spit to Palanga

Overnight in Klaipeda and then on the car ferry to the Curonian Spit.

The picturesque drive to Juodkrante and Nida

Thanks to Robin Michaelson of London for suggesting I visit this area.

Essential are a smartphone i.e. iPhone, GPS and Google Maps.

My Google Map


Curonian Spit

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Curonian Spit
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
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Type Cultural
Criteria v
Reference 994
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 2000 (24th Session)

The Curonian Spit (LithuanianKuršių nerijaRussianКуршская косаGermanKurische NehrungLatvianKuršu kāpas) is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern portion lies within Kaliningrad OblastRussia and its northern within southwestern Lithuania. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared by the two countries.



The Lutheran Church in Nida. Axel’s Hebrew is better than mine!

The Thomas Mann House in Nida

Thomas Mann

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Thomas Mann
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Mann in 1937
Born Paul Thomas Mann
6 June 1875
Free City of LübeckGerman Empire
Died 12 August 1955 (aged 80)
Zürich, Switzerland
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, essayist
Period 1896–1954
Genres Novel, novella
Notable work(s) BuddenbrooksThe Magic MountainDeath in Venice,Joseph and his Brothers
Notable award(s) Nobel Prize in Literature (1929)
Goethe Prize (1949)


Paul Thomas Mann ([paʊ̯l toːmas man]; 6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist and 1929 Nobel laureate. His highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas are noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual. His analysis and critique of the European and German soul used modernized German and Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of GoetheNietzsche and Schopenhauer. Mann was a member of the Hanseatic Mann family and portrayed his family and class in the novel Buddenbrooks. His older brother was the radical writer Heinrich Mann and three of his six children, Erika MannKlaus Mann and Golo Mann, also became important German writers. When Hitler came to power in 1933, Mann fled to Switzerland. When World War II broke out in 1939, he emigrated to the United States, returning to Switzerland in 1952. Thomas Mann is one of the best-known exponents of the so-called Exilliteratur.


Nagliu Gamtos Sand Dunes

One can see the mainland and the Baltic sea from same spot

With Trisha


Hill of Witches

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One of the wooden sculptures in the park

The Hill of Witches (Lithuanian: Raganų Kalnas) is an outdoor sculpture gallery near JuodkrantėLithuania.

It is located on a forested sand dune about 0.5 kilometer west of the Curonian Lagoon, on the Lithuanian Seaside Cycle Route. Begun in 1979, it has been expanded several times, and now contains about 80 wooden sculptures along a series of trails. The artists drew on a long tradition of woodcarving in Samogitia, and on the equally long tradition of Midsummer Night’s Eve (Joninės) celebrations on the hill. The pieces depict characters from Lithuanian folklore and pagan traditions.

Woodcarving symposia are held at the park on a regular basis, and new works are added. Admission is free.

The Car Ferry back to the mainland.

Visit to the Jewish Centre and Cemetery in Klaipeda

Feliks Puzemskis, Chairman of the Klaipeda Jewish community and visiting chairman of the Kaliningrad Jewish community, Daniil Kofner were very helpful

Kaliningrad (RussianКалининградIPA: [kəlʲɪnʲɪnˈgrat]), formerly called Königsberg (GermanKönigsbergRussian:КёнигсбергOld PrussianTwangste, Kunnegsgarbs, KnigsbergLithuanianKaraliaučiusPolishKrólewiec), is a seaportcity and the administrative center of Kaliningrad Oblast, the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea. The territory borders on NATO and European Union members Poland and Lithuania, and is geographically separated from the rest of Russia.


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Kretinga (About this sound pronunciation GermanKrottingen) is a city in Klaipėda CountyLithuania. It is the capital of theKretinga district municipality. It is located 12 km (7.5 mi) east of the popular Baltic Sea resort town of Palanga, and about 25 km (16 mi) north of Lithuania’s 3rd largest city and principal seaport, Klaipėda.

The population was listed as 21,421 in the 2006 census. It is the 6th largest city in the ethnographic region of Samogitia and the 18th largest city in Lithuania.

I found the address of Lesley Abelsohn’s granny using my iPhone, Google Maps and Lesley’s email:

“My granny Toby Rostovsky Grupel

Rostovsky family lived at:  3 Birutes  g   (taken off the postcard that I have!!)  Kretingen!!”


I also found the cemetery using GPS and some detective work.

Please note that these are only a selection of my photos and videos.

Comment if you would like to see more on any topic.


Palanga Holocaust Memorial – difficult to find in a massive park. Make sure of the right entrance.



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Palanga (About this sound pronunciation GermanPolangenPolishPołąga) is a seaside resort town in western Lithuania, on the shore of the Baltic Sea. It is the busiest summer resort in Lithuania and has beaches of sand (18 km long and up to 300 m wide) and sand dunes.[1] Officially Palanga has the status of a city municipality and includes ŠventojiNemirseta,Būtingė and other settlements, which are considered as part of the city of Palanga.

The Palanga Mall down to the beach

Some old images from Palanga

Palanga on Lithuanian coast.3

Palanga on Lithuanian coast.5

On the road to Liepaja, Latvia

And that was the end of a long day!

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