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May the discovery of your personal roots start right now!

Have you ever dreamt of visiting your ancestral homeland? Wasn’t it that you end up saying “I would love to go but it’s too far away and too much complicated…” Let us guide you straight and smoothly! Allow our team to share with you the experience and knowledge. May the trip searching for your personal roots bring you joy and inspiring moments! Come to touch the land your ancestors walked on, enter the house they lived in, say a pray where they used to pray and gather, leave a stone on their eternal rest place. After all, we will do everything to enable you to meet local people and their  memories, we will translate you their touching stories. In additional, we are always ready to introduce the modern side of your ancestors’ lands. Feel it! Еaste it! Enjoy it! Keep it in your heart, so that it always brings the smile on your face! Leave our team to start family genealogy reserch and meanwhile simply enjoy waiting the trip. Create your personal and unique tour with our team! Feel welcome and comfortable in the Baltic States and around!

 

Aziory & fishermen street

Aziory (Jeziory, Ozra, Yeziory) is a small beautiful town, just 29 km north-east of Godno. During our visit, we were looking for the historic Fishermen street but could not find it, so we had to ask local people to point us in a right direction. We were told that the streets name has been changed to Workers’ street. That is due to the fact that there are no fishermen left in this town – most people here now work at the farms. The town people are very friendly – some of them invited us over for a cup of coffee. Surrounded by lakes, plentiful in nature, and full of charming wooden houses – Aziory is such a wonderful place to visit… a place you would want to come back and spend some time on a lake shore, go fishing and enjoy the quietness.

The Eradication of the Jewish People of Musteika and Marcinkonys

Musteika and the neighboring village of Marcinkonys were once home to a thriving Jewish population prior to the Second World War. During the Nazi Occupation of Lithuania, most of the Jewish population of these villages were put into local ghettos and either killed outright or sent to death camps. Some members of the Jewish population survived in the local swamps and forests until the war was over. It is known that while some local villagers tried to help the Jewish population, the majority either remained impartial to their plight or were outright supporters of hunting Jews to be turned over to the Nazi Occupants in exchange for a monetary reward. To this day, it is a taboo topic of discussion in these villages as many locals fear prosecutorial or financial reprisal from the ancestors of their former neighbors.

The Day Of Five Shtetls

As the rest of the world on the 6th of September we were enjoying the European Day of Jewish Culture. Different Lithuania actually faced difficulties choosing among the huge variety of fine cultural events, excursions and presentations all over Lithuania! We had ultimately chosen to drive forwards Kėdainiai and its environs, where we explored Jewish heritage with the local professional guides, remarkably educated colleagues of ours. In total that day we visited these following shtetls: Shat (Šėta), Yosvain or Jaswojnie (Josvainiai), Kroki (Krakės), Datneve (Dotnuva) and Keidan (Kėdainiai) of course. One post is not enough to leave all the impressions of what we had discovered, but for sure we will be sharing everything with our dear guest on the future tours! Martynas was so much interested in the authentic wooden houses in Kroki, we would assume still of a good condition! And Eglė was about comparing the ancient Jewish cemetery, the one in Dotnuva attracts by a very special mood, though the cemetery in Keidan are surprisingly well­maintained! The hundreds of Jewish related objects, the tenths of synagogues and cemeteries, the narrow stone paved streets filled with fascinating stories!And so we spent a bright sunny day in the central Lithuania, where Lithuanians still grow cucumbers and tomatoes, which were firstly brought and cultivated here by the Jewish ancestors!

Nayshtot – Ponivez & fields of gold

To get closer to heaven, we seek spirituality, to stay alive on this earth, we bake bread. Never mind the tradition or nation, it was always appreciated and respected. We made a small visit in the Jewish cemetery of Nayshtot-Ponivez which occurs in a very close neighborhood of the Karaites’ cemetery.
Driving back on the first turn our eyes were caught by a beautiful field of gold. Stoned, as if it respected the forever tranquility of this saint place. Such a simple and breathtaking minute at once. And so in this mood we left Nayshtot-Ponivez surrounded by slow Nevezis river with the peaceful golden field. Never mind the national differences, the language or the age – me and my dear guests all experienced the same spiritual moment in front of the coming autumn crop.

Nayshtot – Ponivez & Nevezis

Nayshtot-Ponivez is another beautiful town we discovered on one of our latest tours. Located in the central part of Lithuania 15 km southwest way to Panevezys, the 6th biggest town. Today’s Nayshtot-Ponivez is known as Naumiestis among Lithuanians, what literally signifies A New Town. But on the Different Lithuania we prefer to stay on its romantic Jewish version. Nayshtot-Ponivez was established on the right bank of the Nevėzis river. The local celebrity in here this river is quite humble, hardly reaches 210 kilometers length. But not the size is important in here – every local would explain that in the south the Nevezis kisses with the biggest Lithuanian river Nemunas. The written history of Nayshtot-Ponivez starts in the 16th century and is related to an aristocratic Volovitz family. Later small town was taken over by the Radzivil  and ends up to be under the Karps family. The place and it’s environs since the 16th century are well known for the Karaites, who settled in here with the help of the grand duke Vytautas. It is estimated that 45% of Lithuania’s Karaites at that time lived in Nayshtot-Ponivez.

Fashion infection

Fashion Infection– is the most prominent annual fashion festival in Lithuania. It is an innovative and conceptual event of fashion and art fusion featuring 3 day free and ticketed public events where professional and upcoming designers are brought together. Such interaction inspires young, creative talents to search for new fashion forms and expressions and gives an opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas among the participants. Mados Infekcija was started in 1999. Once a year (in spring) its schedule involves catwalk shows, exhibitions, seminars, show-rooms and free events for fashion devotees. The festival is distinguished for its conceptuality. The aim of the event is not to show and create trends or to be a fashion dictator, but to help people to develop an individual style and attitude towards fashion and to apply the knowledge in everyday life. Bohemian spirit, extraordinary and unconventional fashion shows, the fuse of music, video, photography and other fields of art make the festival a unique 3-day experience of fashion which takes place in the capital of Lithuania Vilnius. Mados Infekcija breaks traditional boundaries of fashion weeks as it is available for everybody and has the purpose to spread the knowledge of fashion among people.

Lithuania – No. 3 Best in Travel by Lonely Planet

In the top-ten ranking compiled by the world’s largest travel guidebook publisher, Lithuania was ranked third behind Singapore which took the top spot and Namibia which came second. Naming Lithuania as one of Europe’s best-kept secrets as well as a rebellious, quirky and vibrant country, the Lonely Planer highlights the most important event for travellers as of 1 January 2015, Lithuania will be the newest member of the Euro zone. Among Lithuania’s attractions the guide points out the majestic Baltic coastline The Curonian Split with gorgeous beaches, backed by Europe’s largest moving sand dunes and the capital city Vilnius with the baroque old town which earned Lithuania one of its entries on the World Heritage list. Destinations that made the cut for Lonely Planet’s latest, “Best in Travel 2015” are chosen for their topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor.

Love story under the apple tree

While visiting Kaunas we had a unique opportunity to look for an apple tree of love. Our client asked us to locate an apple tree on a farm in Vilijampole near Kaunas, under which his grandfather proposed to his future wife. Soon after the proposal, they left for the USA and raised a big wonderful family there. Today, after flying over the big blue ocean, his grandson is here, standing under the same tree with his wife, reliving the beginning of his grandfathers magnificent union.

Vasilishki – jewish shtetl & Czeslaw Niemen

Vasilishki Lida uyezd, Vilna-Grodno gubernia (Wasilishok, Wasilishki, Wasiliski, Wasiliszki, Vasiljkov ) was a small town in the Jewish settlement area, in the district of Lida in the province of Vilna. The Jewish population was just three hundred families. It was getting dark when we drove into Vasilishki, despite that, we were able to see quite well under the light of dusk. We found typical old Jewish houses and cobblestone streets hidden beneath the asphalt. The town’s synagogue was standing tall, like it was frozen in time. Once, this place was vibrant and full of life, but now it seemed like time here stood still for decades. Czesław Juliusz Wydrzycki, was one of the most important and original Polish singer-songwriters and rock balladeers of the last quarter-century, singing mainly in Polish.Niemen was born in Stare Wasiliszki 2.5km outside Vasilishki. Czesław Niemen belonged to a huge, strongly self-identified and culturally influential community of Poles, living outside the eastern borders of contemporary Poland, on the eastern lands of the historical Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In the 1950s Niemen was allowed to move to Poland as one of many Poles embodied by the so-called Second Repatriation. He made his debut in the early 1960s, singing Polish rock and soul music. He possessed an unusually wide voice range and equally rich intonation. He was also an ardent composer and a keyboard player.