CIMG0571 Me in front of the bridge over Rąžė creek in Palanga
I had to get a picture of myself in front of one of the key places of my childhood, the bridge over the Rąžė creek. On the other side of the stone bridge lies the main street of Palanga. Perpendicular to it is the main pedestrian street, which leads to the beach (my American daughter started calling it The Boardwalk, as its actual name was too much of a mouthful to her). The intersection of those two streets lies just beyond the stone bridge; in fact, there is a little plaza there that’s currently occupied by many junk food and knick-knack vendors. But the main point of interest to me were the stone parapets surrounding the intersection. It was there that the cool kids used to congregate in Palanga. (Not that I was ever a cool kid.) Most of them were, like me, from other cities and towns of Lithuania, here for a brief vacation. The stone parapets, simply called “the stones”, were the place to be seen at.
Palanga, Lithuania, September 2005