Friday 28 July
Our first stop in Lithuania was the Trakai Island Castle on Lake Galvė, probably one of the most beautiful settings ever. It is a perfect setting for weddings and the tourists loved it as well. Boats were sailing around the island, making it an ideal topic for our photography.
The castle’s origins started in the second half of the 14th century. Various bits were added and then the castle was strengthened with an outer construction in later years.
By the beginning of the 16th century the castle was not used and fell into disrepair.
Under Imperial Russia in the 19th century restoration commenced and this continued, with some disruption during World War II, until 1961.
What surprised me, as we travelled through the Baltic states, is the amount of preservation and reconstruction of monumental sites, including castles and churches, that happened under Soviet rule.