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Pāvilosta Saka Parish Sights
 
Upon the conclusion of my one day visit and guided excursion of Pāvilosta, I was asked of all the places and sights visited, what were the most interesting places and sights to me. Since I was still downloading and processing all the data that I had taken in during this time, all I could do was name a couple of places and sights. Now that I have had time to reflect back and process all the date that I had taken in, the pictures and information, I have to say at this time, it is hard to name just one two or even three places or sights, because every place we went and everything I saw was very interesting to me, be it one of the old historical churches, buildings, streets, it's harbor or even its dunes.
 
So I will take them in the order of this excursion. This by no means, does it nor will it reflect on what maybe of interest to others. With my many travels through Latvia, I have found that different people have different interests or sights they are interested in, their interest may not be what I maybe interested in. Their approach to history may not be the same way I approach history, their interest in historical buildings, landmarks, or past events in history may not be my
interest in history nor how I approach history nor look at it in the same way. Their mission may not be the same mission that I have while visiting Latvia and its may historical towns and cities..... 
 
So with all that said, let us go on with the excursion of Pāvilosta and its many different sights. We started with the Pāvilosta Local History Museum, which is located in the first stone building in Pāvilosta. This museum maybe small compared to some of the other museums I have visited in the past, but its size and the objects that are on displayed there are by far rich in the local history of this town and are well worth seeing, from a hand crank hand slide amount indicators cash register to a wooden bees honey hand press. I have seen a lot of old cash registers in the past, but I have never seen one like this before. As for the bees honey press, well what can I say. 
 
The next place we visited was their local boat museum, which I can say was very interesting. Its many displays include an old fishing boat that was powered by hand or oar power. There were items on displayed that I could name and have seen in the past, such as a spinning wheel, and fish nets, but they also had things that I could name, but had never seen in other museums. Such as a hand powered belt driven wood lath, to a wooden plan and even a hand powered band saw. These tools were used to build ships and boats when Pāvilosta was home to several ship building facilities in the past. While at the Boat Museum, I walked over to the waters edge and was amazed at how clear the water was. One could see the bottom of the river very clear, to which I had to take a picture of. Even the port area is clear of trash. Amazing~! 
 
Moving from the museums, we drove drown Vitolu Street, which is considered the oldest street in Pāvilosta. Even though it is considered the oldest street in town, the homes and buildings located along it are quite modern. Moving on from Vitolu Street to Ernests Sneiders' Square and the location of the oldest home in Pavilosta. Ernesta Sneiders Square, one may think of a paved area, but it is a large grassy area, where one can find hand carved wooden sculptors and next to it is the oldest home in Pāvilosta and was occupied until 2007, when its occupant was able to build a new home next to it.
 
Moving on, we come to the Grey Dunes located next to the Baltic Sea coast, which is a Nature Reserve of some 42.5 ha. that was established on 30 October 2007. This Nature Reserve spreads north of Saka some 1.5km and their width reaches from 200 to 740 meters. The sandy beaches are places were you can boat, swim or just set and enjoy the sun set. Those of you that enjoy nature, this is a place to visit. Also located in this area is Pavilosta's Big Boulder "Sea Boulder", which during the Soviet occupation was the boundary or as far one could go with out being arrested or even shot. During low tide, one can wade out to it.
 
Moving on, we visited the Pāvilosta Evangelical Lutheran Church - ANNO 1930 and Pāvilosta Baptist Church - ANNO 1900. Even though I was able to photograph their exterior, I wasn't able to photograph the interior, since they were closed and no one was around.
 
As we moved on, we came to the Centennial Park, which was made in honor of Pāvilosta 100 year centennial and has a great stone marking this event. It is the largest park in Pāvilosta. It also is the location of the Monument for the Victims of Retaliation of 1941 and 1949. This being of both the Soviet Union and Nazi Atrocities during this period. I have found that most small towns use one monument dedicated to these periods of time. 
 
Moving on, we came to Church Hill, which is an archeological monument of national importance, a "Stone Age Settlement" and the building was built in 1909 as Pāvilosta Brothers parish preaching house. Today it is home to the Recreation Center of Pavilosta and a medical clinic. While visiting the area, I nether see signs of either the Stone Age Settlement nor the Brothers parish preaching house, since long gone and only a foot note in history.
 
These were only a few of the places visited while in Pāvilosta. There are many more places of interest or things to do while visiting Pāvilosta. Such as sail boating, cannoning the length of the Saka River. Motorboat tours of the sea, where you can take the motorboat Marry Fisher 625 on a tour of the coast line and to the Akmenrags Lighthouse. or go sea fishing, to which they can furnish fishing equipment. If you are into smoking fish, there are even classes in this. You can even sea kiting off the coast. There are even summer rental homes for the having.
 
I would like to thank Marita Kurčanova of Pāvilosta Tourism Information Centre for taking the time to show me the many sights of Pāvilosta and all her help. I would also like to thank the people who took the time on their day off to open the Pāvilosta Local History Museum and the Boat Museum. 
 
One thing I would like to say for sure, Latvia and its many towns, cities and its countryside have many historical places to see and are well worth visiting. To all else I will say this, I hope to see you in Pāvilosta during my next visit to Pāvilosta, so enjoy your visit.
 
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