15 June 2024

We finally entered Latvia

Right behind a good old Lada car (a relic from Soviet days). This is the first time, as I can recollect that I have entered a new country by road. Twice I have done by rail (Denmark to Sweden and Germany to Austria) but the rest of them were all by flights.

15 June 2024

Kirkilai Observation Tower

Next, we drove to Kirkilai Observation Tower. It may not be apparent from the picture due to the distance, but that structure is over 32m in height. If you strain your eyes hard, you can see the small silhouettes of people on top of it. That is our target.

15 June 2024

Spent another hour in the lake

We were wondering if we could find someway to get into the lake. There were a couple of boats but they seemed to be private ones. Made some enquiries and found out a guy who rents out paddle boats. That was good enough for us. Some more quiet time on the lake.

15 June 2024

Detour to Birzai

On our way to Riga, we got off the highway and headed towards Birzai. We wanted to check out the tranquil waters of Lake Širvėna. This is the oldest manmade lake in Lithuania – built a whole four and half centuries back by putting a dam on not one but two rivers!!

15 June 2024

Off to Latvia we go!

We started our ride from Lithuania to Latvia. Our route will basically cut across Lithuania from south to north till we enter Latvia and finish up in the capital city of Riga.

But on the way, Gintautas has planned for a few stops on either side of the border.