Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at this (belated) episode of our Europe Ginko. I am on the nightshift so I couldn't create it earlier. Today we will visit Lithuania, one of the Baltic states. Lithuania became a member of the European Union (EU) in 2004.
As World War I neared its end, Lithuania's Act of Independence was signed on 16 February 1918, declaring the re-establishment of a sovereign State of Lithuania. Starting in 1940, Lithuania was occupied first by the Soviet Union and then by Nazi Germany. As World War II neared its end in 1944 and the Germans retreated, the Soviet Union reoccupied Lithuania. On 11 March 1990, a year before the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union, Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare itself independent, resulting in the restoration of an independent State of Lithuania.
Lithuania is a lowland country. Its highest point is merely 294 m above sea level (in fact Lithuania is the world's largest country without locations above 300 m). The lack of mountains on the horizon is compensated by lush forests and countless lakes.
|Nemunas River Delta National Park, Lithuania|
through the lowlands
clouds on water
My country is flat, but I hadn't thought that there would be a country more flat than The Netherlands. Our highest "mountain", the Vaalserberg, is 322 m above sea level. Lithuanian's highest point is nearly 300 m above sea level.
Lithuania is sometimes called "the land of lakes", because thaere are about 6000 lakes in Lithuania. A lot of villages are situated on the borders of these lakes for example Trakai. As I saw this image I immediately fell in love with this small country, this "land of lakes". Look for yourself.
living on the borders of the lakes
I found true love
Awesome ... what a beautiful country Lithuania is ... have to visit it ...
|Lithuania, the land of lakes|
Excalibur once thrown away
recovered in Lithuania
Not a strong one, but the story of Excalibur came in mind as I saw this beautiful image of Lihuania. the land of lakes.
In Lithuania there are a lot of haiku poets and they are great. Back in 2011 the Japanese Embassy in Vilnius organized a haiku contest and I love to share a few of the haiku submitted for that contest here with you.
sodo tyloj į žemę
in garden’s silence to earth
knocking of winter
dreba nuo menko vėjo
shiver with gentle wind
|Lihuanian nature (did you know that Lithuania is the geographical center of Europe?|
Mėnulio pinigą – kas
vilias čia grįžti?
the Moon coin – who’s
hoping to come back?
on the yellowing photo
kalbam apie tą patį
tik kitais žodžiais
we talk about the same things
just in other words
Well ... I hope I have inspired you with the beauty of Lithuania.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 29th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our new episode, Malta, later on. For now ... have fun!
!!! PS. I am behind with commenting, but I hope to catch up a.s.a.p. !!!