20190711_182714 An open air cafe by the Rąžė bridge
20190709_072113 Don't Leave It Sideways
20190710_144257 R on a stump in the Samogitian Alka
20190710_144031 Deities of Moon, Sun and underground
20190703_162036 Old school desk in Raudone castle
At the bottom floor of Raudone castle, under the stairs, by a thick, arched window, sits an ancient, 2-person school desk, the kind that I used to sit at in my elementary and secondary school days. Raudone castle houses a school, but I it hope it has more modern desks in its actual classrooms. Maybe this is just an old desk that had to be put somewhere, and what better place than a niche under the stairs?
As with Panemune castle, the first time I visited the Raudone castle was in 2005, when E was still a baby. Now that both kids are of an age when they can form memories, we came here again. 14 years ago both castles were closed, probably for renovation, but now both are open to visitors. Raudone castle houses a school, but this being July, the school was not in session. Nevertheless, we saw an exhibit of students' drawings posted on the hallway walls. All the drawings were made by children around 9-11 years of age, and the overwhelming majority of them involved angels holding cats.
But the main attraction of the castle was a tower with a spiral staircase you could climb up the top. Unlike the ladder in Panemune castle, this staircase wasn't scary for the mere nonathletic mortals, such as us. At every floor there are circular windows that give a nice view of the surrounding villages and of the Nemunas river.