WE'D LIKE TO VISIT LITHUANIA WITH OUR TEENAGE CHILDREN, THE COUNTRY MY HUSBAND'S FAMILY FLED DURING WORLD WAR II. ANY RECOMMENDATIONS ON WHERE TO STAY AND WHAT TO SEE? A. MACKEVICIUS, MOSS VALE, NSW
Lithuania's coastline is one of the Baltic's finest, with the Curonian Spit, a wild and beautiful sliver of white sand as a highlight. The country's wetlands provide a major habitat for migrating waterbirds, the baroque churches and squares of Vilnius and Trakai Castle set on its own small island are the must-sees.
Tucked away in the forests of Zemaitija National Park is a chilling reminder of the Cold War, a decommissioned military base that once held enough Soviet nuclear missiles to pulverise Western Europe.
You will most likely fly into Vilnius and stay a few days at least to explore the city and the surrounding national parks, and perhaps retrace some of your family's history.
You could also hire a car and drive to the coast, where the resort towns of Neringa and Palanga, which has a reputation as Lithuania's party town, are the places to look for accommodation.
Since you're travelling as a family you'll find plenty of accommodation options on Airbnb (airbnb.com/) and prices are amazingly cheap.
TIPOLOGIST Dry bags are ideal for keeping your electronics safe on boat trips or in heavy downpours.
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