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  • Flowers and vegetation are often abundant in well-established rural areas.  This love of growing things runs deep in the Lithuanian culture and is reflected in a  variety of holidays and customs.
  • A rather typical scene looking into a small village in Lithuania.  The fields are small and the houses modest, but new techniques such as temporary hot-houses are used to extend the otherwise short growing season.
  • A Family History Tour is a wonderful occasion to meet the new and the old. Lithuania has advanced enough that travel is convenient. At the same time, though, the people live close to the earth and are very self-sufficient.
  • The main rural highways in Lithuania are well constructed and clearly marked. Silale is the governmental center of this area, and Telsiai is a major rural town to the north. Pluge, Raseiniai, Taurage, and Kelme are nearby.
  • A Family History Tour will allow you to sit down with the wise elder of your family.  We try our best to find that person.
  • The Nemunas River is a major waterway in the southern and southwestern regions of Lithuania.  While the terrain in Lithuania is either gently rolling or flat, the river valley provides cliffs with gorgeous vistas.
  • A Family History Tour is a great  occasion to meet Lithuania's future as well as its past.  Smaller families, good educational opportunities, and modern communications are rapidly bringing promising futures to young people.
  • The themes of flowers and greenery are everywhere evident in the summer months in Lithuania.  Making attractive flower arrangements is a natural talent for many Lithuanians.
  • The colorful interior of the village church in Laukuva, near Varniai, Uzventis, and Silale. Most churches in Lithuania reflect the care and attention of their devout parishioners, as well as a taste for rich color and ceremony.
  • Distances in Lithuania are very manageable.  A car trip from Vilnius to the coast takes approximately three and a half hours.  This compactness lends itself to nice day trips from a central location.
  • Colorful tourist cabins near Nida.  The drabness of the period of the Soviet occupation is slowly being replaced with more colorful and pleasing land- and city scapes. The colorful roots of the country can be seen in its  various regional costumes.
  • Nephews, nieces, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles can all be found on a Family History Tour.  A tour will immediately provide connections across distance and generations.
  • The town of Jurbarkas is on the Nemunas River near the enclave of Kaliningrad in the area formerly known as Prussia.  An interesting aspect of Lithuanian history is the extent to which this area of the country was influenced by Poland and Prussia.
  • Roadside shrines are common.  This particular one is near Seruciai, which is more of an area of farms than a true village. Such areas will often have a patron saint.
  • The cycle of the seasons is learned early in Lithuania.  The use of hand tools is still common, although modernization is clearly the path of the future. A Family History Tour this year will still allow you to see the lifestyle of your ancestors.
  • Three generations finishing up their work at the village church.
  • A trip to Lithuania allows young people to make connections that will last a lifetime.  The barriers that kept many of us from communicating with our distant cousins for 45 years are now gone.
  • There is a very special feeling of connection when one finds family members who have seen and experienced the world differently but who are linked by a common name and heritage.
  • Lithuania's lakes and rivers provide many peaceful, restful vistas.  The absence of commercial development in these areas allows you to see the world that your ancestors saw.
  • The clouds thrown up by the Baltic Ocean provide dramatic backgrounds for quiet rural scenes.  The rural areas of Lithuania provide many opportunities to stop and imagine what it was like for your ancestors to live in this country many decades ago.
  • Color and greenery are the antidotes to the sometimes long, often gray winters.  The general celebration of light and warmth  is a major attraction of a summer visit to Lithuania.
  • Lithuanian gardens are a major enterprise.  Home-grown vegetables and fruits are an essential part of a family's food stock in rural areas.  While the growing season is short, Lithuanians manage it very adeptly.
  • Generation to generation.  That is the dominant theme of our Family History Tours.  Elderly people in Lithuania have seen much and experienced much. They have much to teach us.
  • The most revered shrine in Lithuania, the gold-clad Modonna in The Gates of Dawn on Ausros Vartu street in Vilnius.  A pilgrimage to the shrine is treasured by Catholics in Eastern Europe.
  • The Asutis River frames a view into Silale, the county seat of the Silae region. The beautifully kept local cemetary is between the river and the church.
  • Blue sky, green trees, and colorful but simple buildings capture the essence of the rural Lithuanian landscape.  On a Family History Tour, you will see the inside of these buildings and spend time visiting with the people for whom this is home.


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