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Exploring my Lithuanian roots?

My friend Francine in London blackberryed me today from her local gastro pub which is run by a Lithuanian guy who also has a sideline in mini breaks in Lithuania .  She’s keen on going to an “amazing folk festival” in Lithuania in June. One branch of my family hails from Vilnius.  The gastro pub guy’s website is and I see that his trips include a stop in Vilnius.

Here’s the description:

Our summer trips take you back to nature in a beautiful yet undiscovered Lithuanian countryside. Mushroom challenges with a two-day combination of gentle kayaking, cycling and walking. Springs reduces activities to one day, offering you a more relaxed second day in Druskininkai, the famous Lithuanian SPA resort. Visit to Unesco-listed political capital Vilnius is on both routes.


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“New” places to go in 2011

For future reference, here’s what I’ve culled from the NYT’s Travel Section story on 41 places to go in 2011.

Places I’ve already been: San Juan Islands, Wash; London; Milan; Olympic Park, Wash (went there on our honeymoon…along with the San Juan Islands. Would like to return to both!);  Miami;  Salonika, Greece (I called it  Thessaloniki);  Kosovo (I drove through then-Yugoslavia on the Magic Bus in 1982 and vowed to return on foot.)

Places I want to go: Park City, Utah; Loreto, Mexico; Oahu (going to Hawaii next January!); Sopot and Gdansk, Poland (Two terrific students from Gdansk stayed with in 2009 and my son visited them a few months later.  Also on my list – Krakow!); Pingyao, China (first I’ve heard of it but  ancient Ming architecture sounds like a must-see); ditto Hangzhou, China; Ezurum, Turkey (been to Turkey but not that far west.)

Places not on the top of my list: Iceland, Republic of Georgia; Cali, Columbia; Tozeur, Tunisia (not right now, given the political instability); ditto Iraqi Kurdistan.

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