Don’t ask me what does it mean Kāpostini. That was the name of the place where I vacation on the Baltic in Pape village, Latvia for the last three days. You all know that I live in Lithuania, one of the three Baltic states, but usually I go on vacation to the Baltic in Latvia. Lithuania has a coastline of 99 km, and the beaches are always crowded. Latvia has a coastline of 534 km- so much more to explore, enjoy and relax.
It was in late 70-ties when I vacationed in Pape in exactly the same place that now is called Kāpostini. That time there was a Russian military base. The entry to the region was restricted, but one very smart Lithuanian man, my neighbor, managed to buy a house right next to the base. He built a vacation home and invited me and my family to come. For that we had to get clearance from Russian authorities. We did and we had a vacation on the deserted Baltic beach, that my children, who are grown up now, still remember.
Russian military is long gone and the vacation home expanded and got a new name – Kāpostini. The grounds are beautiful:
The outside shower, where sun heats the water in a tank:
The beach was no more than 100 meters away and most of the time it was deserted. Me and my friend loved walking there:
The sunset was amazingly beautiful:
I don’t imagine my trip to the Baltic without tasting freshly smoked fish. We walked to the small bar close by, and waited while the fish was still being smoked. Finally it came out of the smokehouse:
What else? On the short way to the beach we watched dune flora, that really reminded me flora of the place where I grew up:
Area view photo (credit Gintaras Šiuparys) of the lighthouse and beach. Kapostini is hidden behind the trees on the far right.
I also vacationed in Pape with my family few years ago. It was different place and we experienced different things then. It is all in my blog post Vacation in Pape, Latvia.
If you happened to know what Kāpostini means, let me know, please!