Our first stop today was the Žemaitija National Park. Deep within the forest is the underground R-12U nuclear missile launching silo in the Plokštinė forest. The site has been turned into a museum. I thought it was brilliant. Just imagine, this place was still operating when I was a child, a nuclear warhead could be fired at Britain within minutes. I think you're supposed to get a guide but the girl at reception let us in on our own, giving it a more spooky feel. Anyway, it was a completely fascinating experience and the information was very well presented. It still had a heavy oil smell, giving it a real military feel.
For our meal we drove to Silute and went to the only restaurant in town that we could see. There was traditional Lithuanian food, Chinese and Italian. Our intention was to spend the remainder of our Lithuanian Currency as we would be heading in to Kallingrad, a part of Russia the next day. We had a delicious 2 course meal and 2 rounds of drinks for about £12.00. The food was delicious, service excellent and it was great to be eating out with the locals. And we still had change to spare.
After our meal we drove out to the coast and spent the night on a beach opposite the Curonian Spit. The area reminded me of the Norfolk Broads as there were waterways which looked like old peat workings. There were lots of boats and it was flat, however, unlike Norfolk, the roads were mainly tracks, not much asphalt.