20190712_141358 Dunes of Nida, seen from a boat cruise
20190712_141351 A dune as seen from a boat cruise
20190712_140036 R on the boat with chip "glasses"
20190703_161520 R under the spiral stairscase in Raudone castle
R under the spiral staircase in the tower of Raudone castle. The staircase is currently supported by this sturdy metal pole.
As with Panemune castle, the first time I visited the Raudone castle was in 2005, when E was still a baby. Now that both kids are of an age when they can form memories, we came here again. 14 years ago both castles were closed, probably for renovation, but now both are open to visitors. Raudone castle houses a school, but this being July, the school was not in session. Nevertheless, we saw an exhibit of students' drawings posted on the hallway walls. All the drawings were made by children around 9-11 years of age, and the overwhelming majority of them involved angels holding cats.
But the main attraction of the castle was a tower with a spiral staircase you could climb up the top. Unlike the ladder in Panemune castle, this staircase wasn't scary for the mere nonathletic mortals, such as us. At every floor there are circular windows such as this one, that give a nice view of the surrounding villages and of the Nemunas river.