Monument to Nothing Happening

When traveling I love coming across the quirky things. This happened while I was visiting Kaunas. I came across a monument that celebrates the fact nothing happened on 11 May 2014.

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Today is a public holiday in the UK and nothing much is happening I thought I would share this photo with you.

Until the next post, stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

Steve

 

 

Hill of Three Crosses, Vilnius

Being Good Friday I thought it would be appropriate to write about the Hill of Three Crosses in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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The hill is known locally as Plikasis kanas (Bleak Hill) is found in Kalnai Park.. Crosses have always been popular on this hill. Local legend states that this was the spot where seven Franciscan friars were beheaded. They had been guilty of preaching the bible and putting down the local gods.

In the 17th century to commemorate this wooden crosses were erected. It was soon to be visual highlight of Vilnius. The problem with wood is that it rots away in time and in 1869 the crosses collapsed. Eventually in 1916 they were replaced with a new monument made of concrete. It was designed by Antoni Wiwulski.

In 1950 the Soviet authorities torn down the monument much to the anger of the local residents. The monument was rebuilt during the period when Lithuania was looking for independence from the Soviet Union. The new monument was unveiled on 14 June 1989.

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The best reason I give to visit the monument is that you get great views of Vilnius. I would recommend that you visit as dusk starts to bring in nightfall. My visit was in September 2014. It is a climb but once you get to see the views it is well worth the effort.

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I would recommend a visit to the Hill of Three Crosses. It is a perfect place to come and reflect.

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Until the next post, stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

Steve

February – A Review

February had been a momentous month for the blog. As you may be aware I had purchased the domain name and I am now blogging as midifewanderlust1965.com. With this I also introduced a brand new look. So far I have received positive feedback.

With the new look there will be some changes. Gone is the monthly stats post. To be honest who is really interested in reading about the number of visitors I receive. Moving foward I will use the first post of the month to review the previous month.

My main travel in February was to visit London to attend “The Times Destination and Holiday Show.” I also had to amend my travel plans for 2014. Given that I had to replace my washing machine, my planned trip to Lisbon in March has been cancelled. Instead, I will be visiting Portugal in June. Also, I have revised my Baltics trip. Sadly, logistics mean that I will have to drop Helsinki from the itinerary. This problems of having to mix work and travel.

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My plans for March are to travel some more in the UK. So I will be travelling to Leeds, Bristol, Manchester, Sheffield and London. Also I will be further planning my Baltics trip in September.

Until the next post stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

Steve

 

The Last Post

Today is a sad day. This is the last post on midlifewanderlust1965.wordpress.com.

However, do not be sad, as I have registered the domain and now will be posting as midlifewanderlust1965.com. So hop on over and follow me on there.

Before I go I would like to thank everybody who has followed me over the past 20 months. Your comments , encouragement and support have been greatly appreciated. I look forward to your continued support on midlifewanderlust1965.com

As ever, stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

Steve

Statistics – January 2014

These are the site stats for January:

Posts – 16

Views – 1,846 (a new high)

Comments – 13

January was a quiet month for travel. February will see me making a couple of trips to London. Next week I will be attending the Destinations and Holiday Show at Earls Court. February will also see big changes to the blog. After much thought and procrastination I have finally purchased the domain name. Next step upload everything and soon the blog will be known as midlifewanderlust1965.com (scary stuff)

Until the next post stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

Steve

 

Photo of the Week – Life on the Canal

This week's photo comes from my home city of Birmingham. One of the well known landmarks in the city are the canals. As I may have mentioned before the citizens of Birmingham will tell you there is more miles of canal than in Venice.

The canals were built to transport goods across the country. Birmingham was one of the major industrial centres of a booming Great Britain. Today, as the photo shows it is now used for more leisure pursuits.

Until the next post stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

Steve

 

Photo of the Week – View from Birmingham Central Library

This week's poor was taken from the top viewing platform of the new Birmingham Central Library.

I was lucky that the weather was sunny even though it was cold. I managed to capture some stunning views of the Birmingham city skyline. I will share more in a later post.

Until the next post stay safe, stay healthy and keep on smiling.

Steve