Kaunas (Lithuania)

“Crazy Kaunas” somewhat lived up to its name, with a pleasant sampling of ugly, tacky, or wacky things. Wikipedia tells me that “Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania and has historically been a leading centre of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life,” but my guidebook mostly stressed that it was kind of odd. I especially enjoyed the world’s only Devil Museum, the verdant island in the middle of a scummy river, all the brides running around, and the taxidermy museum! And of course it was not without its pretty churches, too. (more…)


Russian River & Goat Rock

Went on a three-night (BF’s) family vacation at the Russian River. We rented a gorgeous house from VRBO.com and lounged about, took turns making dinner, played in the river and used the hosts’ kayaks, strolled through the Armstrong redwoods, and visited Goat Rock State Beach. Almost every photo in the album is either of wildlife spotted on the kayak trip or of Goat Rock. Enjoy! (more…)