20190708_144547 The former brewery of Markučiai and a new apartment complex
20190708_144627 The former brewery of Markučiai
20190708_135204 Užupis bridge
20190702_160841 Chess in Palanga reading room
Ray and R play chess in the reading room in Palanga
I took R and Ray to the reading room in Palanga to show them the place where I spent many a delightful rainy summer days as a child. The reading room is like a library (in fact, it is part of the Lithuanian National Library), except you can't take books outside. You can only read them on premises. This was the place where I devoured most of the science fiction books that were published in Lithuanian (back then that was a pretty small number, thus manageable to finish in a summer or two - depending on how many rainy days there were). Just like nothing of value was available to purchase in a store in Soviet times, those books were not available in bookstores. But the reading room had them, and so it remains a locus of my fondest childhood memories.
I always liked its wavy wood ceiling - in fact, wooden plank decor is very common in most buildings in Palanga - and yes, that's a tree growing through the roof.