Siauliai - Hill of Crosses
Trip Start Mar 14, 2009
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With our new Irish friend we made our way to the station, secured tickets (even with our unbelievably poor pronunciation of Siauliai) and sat back for our two and a half hour train ride north.
Outside the city of Siauliai is one of Lithuania's most remarkable places, Hill of Crosses.
Upon arriving in Siauliai we locked up our luggage in the station and started our search for the Tourist Information office (one of the more stupider ideas we have had), this proved to be quiet a challenge
We departed to the bus station to purchase our tickets. First ticket, to Riga. There was only the 17.00 available. “Great we'll take it.” Next, Hill of Crosses.
We boarded our bus to the Hill (watch out for the Grannies they LOVE to push in front of tourist, I think they make a game of it). Our next problem was, where do we get off? As the Hill of Crosses in the middle of no where.
After about 20 minutes Stephen asked the little old lady next to him, Okay well he point to the name on a piece of paper, where we get off. From what we understand she told us next stop. We then walked up a deserted road for 2km in slippery icy conditions to soon find the little hillock. From a distance the Hill of Crosses seems very small and unimpressive. But as you approach it soon appears as if the crosses grow out of the hillock itself. Spreading forth in organic form.
Hill of Crosses is actually not one but two hillocks, blanketed by thousands of crosses
Standing on the hill alone, with the breeze tinkling through the crosses is an unforgettable experience. Who knows why this strange place was chosen but it is well worth it to see.
We headed back to town to wait for our bus to Riga.
(Oh if you are ever making this trip yourself. When you come out of the train station head left along the main road. After about 10 minutes on you right, down a side street, you will see the large bus station/shopping centre. You can leave your bags here and get all the bus information to both the Hill of Crosses and to Riga, without having to waste an hour heading into the centre of town for the tourist info.)