Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Palanga -- A 1970s Trip to a Soviet Baltic Resort

Palanga is a resort town on the Baltic Sea in Lithuania that is famous for its beaches, botanical park, museums and natural setting.

During the Soviet era, which is when this book is from, the town and its facilities were developed greatly and it was a popular destination for vacationing Soviet workers. Trips to the resort, its medical facilities and its spas and hotels were often heavily subsidized by the state or even free for members of Soviet trade unions.

Much of the resort was built after the Second World War on lands expropriated from a Lithuanian Count.

This book, published in 1978, gives a brief overview of what made the town so attractive as well as a little of its history. It was both a keepsake and meant to attract tourists. This is the first of two parts looking at it and its photos.

This first part shows more of the nature, beaches and parkland whereas the second part has more photos of the facilities, hotels, the airport, etc.

(Click on images to enlarge)

See also: Sochi 1978 -- A Postcard Visit to a Soviet Resort City

See also: Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy USSR -- Photos 1968

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