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robert-not-home wrote a review Nov 2019
Boston, MA2,139 contributions168 helpful votes
Prominent old square with interesting history and architecture. Stroll around it for a few minutes and soak in the vibe.
Date of experience: November 2019
AndrejaKo wrote a review Oct 2019
Maribor, Slovenia957 contributions131 helpful votes
I wouldn't say it is anything special. We walked by it, didn't feel like giving it much attention. If you like sculpture hunting, there is plenty to do in the town.
Date of experience: September 2019
GeorginaS152 wrote a review Jun 2019
Windsor, United Kingdom493 contributions103 helpful votes
CMV’s cruise ship Astoria docked at Klaipeda - third largest city and only seaport in Lithuania - on a sunny Sunday morning for our first visit to a new country. Klaipeda is a vital transport hub with awesome road/rail/river/sea links between East and West on a 24/7 basis, as the city offers one of the few ice-free ports in the far north of Europe. This prime position attracted trade - and merchants - from global trading nations especially the intrepid British with their huge sea-going tradition. So many came, saw and liked Klaipeda that they settled and even became celebrated mayors of the city eg Mr Simpson, Mr McClean and Mr Muttray. Because of our interest in heritage and genealogy we chose the 3 hour coach and walking tour “British History of Klaipeda”. We were driven around the city to glimpse the elegant areas where many sea captains and rich merchants built homes. Classy Liepu Street for instance, had its own regulations to be observed by users: no ‘large’ goods could be carried or moved through the Street; water or other liquids could not be sprayed from the houses onto the Street. The site of the huge English ‘Gothic’ Church with its 4 towers was pointed out, but the building is long gone. We were then dropped off in the main square, in front of the Town Hall with its small statue of Annchen Von Tharau, a figure from literature. All I remember from the guide’s chat here was that during the annexation of Lithuania by Germany, ending in 1945, Hitler himself planned to address the citizens from the balcony of the building. But there was a problem! The little girl - Annchen statue - would have her back to the speaker, this was disrespectful, so the statue must go! “Oh no she mustn’t!’ said the citizens! And clearly she didn’t as she still stands there facing away from the building! I missed the end of the guide’s story so I still don’t know whether Hitler did or didn’t speak from the balcony? Perhaps someone will enlighten me? We were then led through the square, but stopped suddenly. It seems that some tourists had requested a ‘comfort stop’ and were queueing next to a shop which sold amber, jewellery and fashions with 40% reductions! Wow! Stunning linen shifts and jackets, scarves and gorgeous jewellery at amazing prices. Just on the point of buying clothes for my granddaughters, the call came that we had to carry on our walk to the Arts Centre for the folkloric show. Along more cobbles, through a small park with lovely sculptures scattered around - coloured eggs, animals - Klaipeda’s spaces are beautifully curated! Then we all entered the pink Arts Centre, went upstairs and found ourselves in a large room with a roof of wooden struts and in front of us a group of mature ladies and gentlemen who would entertain us fabulously in a superb folkloric show. Oh the resonance with which they played, sang and laughed! They so enjoyed themselves —— and so did we! We snapped them with ‘phone and camera; we giggled, clapped and whooped; the ambiance was astonishing! Probably the best Sunday morning on a cruise ever spent! When we left, we stood outside and the “gentlemen of the orchestra” rushed out, bearing their instruments, obviously on their way to another gig! So we clapped them again! If you visit Klaipeda, don’t miss the folkloric show. It’s magical. Then back to the square - just time for a coffee before the bus picked us up. And what about the shopping I’d planned to do? Sorry, the spirit was so willing, but the legs were too weak. But next time ———. We’ll certainly be back to lovely, lively Lithuania!…
Date of experience: April 2019
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Susanne412 wrote a review Mar 2019
Sandton, South Africa1,420 contributions116 helpful votes
It is a very small statue. We presumed it's bigger. But the place is nice in front of the opera. Lot's of stall's around the Opera Place
Date of experience: June 2018
Karsten K wrote a review Dec 2018
Mainz, Germany1,324 contributions63 helpful votes
Statue of a young women on top of a column with the composers image. Situated on Theatre Square in the centre of Klaipeda. As you will inevitably make it to the square you should have a look at the statue. Nothing impressive about it except when you are interested in the history.
Date of experience: December 2018