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Photographic trip to Lithuania 13.09.07 - 13.09.10

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The "Bokeh" photo club is going on a photo excursion to Lithuania and inviting you to join.
An exciting adventure that combines together the thrill of traveling and the passion for photography! You'll get to explore a new country while working on your photo skills.

As all the trip is designed to concentrate on the photographic/creative experience while discovering a new country you will be offered an analog photography workshop with experienced photographers, as well you'll have the opportunity to improve your photography skills as during the trip you will be accompanied by a professional photographer who will provide a feedback on your photographs and answers to your photo questions.

During the trip you will:
participate in analog and alternative photo workshop with Lithuanian Analog Photography Association where you'll make photographs with a large format camera using revers positive photo process and go through the analog developing and printing process. You'll participate in a photo excursion to explore Vilnius by night, experiance breath taking sceneries of Lithuanian nature, travel to visit ancient palaces, castles and mounds, visit Lithuanian sea side villages - Mingė, Ventės Cape, Juodkrantė, Nida.

The trip activities:

Day 1 (09.07)

Arrival to Vilnius with the evening flight,
Photo excursion "Vilnius by night". (guided excursion in the old town of the city, urban landscapes by night)
Stay in the hotel in Vilnius city center.

Day 2 (09.08)

The journey to Lithuanian sea side along the riverbed of Nemunas with the visits of ancient palaces, castles and mounds.

Places planed to visit:

The Kernavė village - Kernavė is a UNESCO protected historical and archeological site near Vilnius and famous for man built mounds.
This serene spot reminding about glorious past of Lithuania in medieval ages.

The Raudondvaris manor - the monument of the beginning of the 17th century of Renaissance architecture in Lithuania.
The Seredžius church - Neo-renaissance church build in 1913.
The Seredžius mound - an incredible view opens up from this mound were in[masked] stood the Peštvės castle. It was rebuild few
times, but then got abandoned in XV century, fell apart and vanished.

The Veliuona village famous for the archeological complex of mounds ant the Veliuona manor build in Classicism style and it's park with
magnolia flower tulip-trees and the biggest Thuja tree in Europe.

The Raudonė castle and the park - residential castle was built in the end of XVI age. The building is an example of 19th century neo-
Gothic architecture. Recent look preserved after the reconstruction in 1877. A panorama of the outskirts opens up from the observation
deck in the castle tower (33,5 m height).

The Panemunė castle - the Rennaisance castle build in 1604 now houses a museum and you may climb its mighty towers. The surrounding
park is a perfect location for a nice stroll.

Arrival to Mingė village - a small ethnographic fishermen's village at the banks of Minija river. In the village people live on both sides of
the river Minija and can reach each other only by boats. The area is called the Venice of Lithuania.

A stay in an ethnographical guest house in Mingė.

Day 3 (09.09)

Visit to Ventės Cape - ornithological bird ringing station. It is known as a rest place for many birds during their migrations, particularly the autumn migration. One of the first bird ringing stations in Europe, still in operation, was opened in 1929.
Further journey to The Curonian Spit ( Kuršių nerija) - a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern portion lies within Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia and its northern within southwestern Lithuania. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared by the two countries.

The excursions and a boat trip in Nida - a small old fishermen village in the Curonian Spit famous for its majestic sea-shore sand dunes, Thomas Mann’s summer house, Neo-gothic church and old ethnographic cemetery.

Dinner in Klaipėda and trip back to Vilnius.
Stay in the hotel in Vilnius city center.

Day 4 (09.10)

The workshop hosted by Lithuanian Analog Photography Association.
Excursion to Vilnius TV Tower - the highest building in the country (326.5 m) and the historical monument of Lithuanian fight for it's independence from Soviet Union.
Dinner, sightseeing and some picture time at the TV Tower restaurant - observation deck "Milky way" situated at the hight of 165m.

Late evening flight to Brussels.

Price: 630 euro

Included in the price:

Accommodation (3 nights) - 2 nights in a hotel in Vilnius (double room) and 1 night in a ethnographic guest house in Mingė.
Breakfast x 3, lunch x 3 and dinner x 4.
4 days of photo consultations with guiding photographer.
Workshop at the Lithuanian Analog photo association and materials used for the workshop. ( portraits with big format camera using revers positive technique, overview of analog developing and printing).
Planned excursions.
Admission and audio guided excursion in Vilnius TV tower.
Transportation during all the stay.
Boat trip in Nida.

According to the planed route the participants are transported with a private micro-bus.

Plane tickets are not included in the price. (The trip agenda is scheduled to the timetable of low fair airlines Ryanair flight 09.07 arriving to Vilnius at 20.05h and 09.10 leaving Vilnius at 20.45h) https://www.bookryanair.com

Register: [masked] (registration till 23th of August)
more info: http://www.bokehphotoclub.com/photo-trip.php

Number of participants: min 6 - max 8.

Level of participants: All levels, no previous photo knowledge needed.

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