One of my friends always describes Klaipeda as cozy. She couldn't be more right. Klaipeda is the third largest city and only port in Lithuania. It has a gorgeous cobblestoned Old Town with architecture that is heavily influenced by Scandinavia.
J and I previously took a whirl-wind weekend trip to Klaipeda, but we both wanted to spend more time by the coast, so on it went to our Lithuanian road trip list. This time around I did my research and knew that I wanted to stay in the Old Town (more on where we stayed coming on Wednesday!). For our whole time in Klaipeda we lucked out with beautiful weather, few tourists, and tons of places open (when we visited back in 2013 everything seemed closed).
This trip, I wanted to get to know Klaipeda better and with a bit of research and wandering, I was pleasantly surprised by all of the creative and beautiful things this little city has to offer. On one particular wander, I was incredibly surprised by the awesome, hidden street art that I found throughout the Old Town. Klaipeda also boasts a ton of parks that are pretty much always packed with adults chatting and kids playing. This time of year the leaves were bright yellow, which made the parks even prettier. J, Baby ISO, and I spent our days wandering along the river that cuts through Klaipeda, getting coffee, and strolling through the parks. All and all, Klaipeda was perfect for relaxing.
|This is the post office - yes it is that gorgeous|
|That is a statue of a person spray painting up there on the roof|
|I found it really entertaining that a Chinese restaurant was in a building of this design|
The Details: Klaipeda is very easy to get to from Vilnius and you can either rent a car or go by bus. The trip takes about two hours and the route is easy. Prices are similar to those found in Vilnius.
With A Baby: The cobblestone streets were a bit hard to manage with a stroller (though the parks and new part of the city were perfect for strollers), so we opted for a carrier on most days. Being on the water, Klaipeda can be a bit chilly, so make sure to dress the little ones appropriately.
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Do you like visiting coastal towns? Is there anywhere you'd like to spend more time?