PAGE 20 More information: www. marijampole. lt It is the district centre and the largest city in Sudovia. Marijampole is situated on the Sesupe River on a site which was still covered by forests in the 16th century. This town takes its name from an 18th-century monastery built for the Marian Fathers, a religious order founded in 1673. The town manufactures car parts and has one of the largest car markets in the country. The related transport and freighting businesses also generate a great deal of the city's wealth. MARIJAMPOLE
LITHUANIA A NEW DISCOVERY Evergreen forests occupy over 60% of the park's territory; the park has 48 large and small lakes. It is close enough to both Vilnius and Kaunas to make it very convenient for a short break. The largest ( 55, 960 ha) of Lithuania's ve national parks, it encompasses massive woods stretching from the sandy Dainava plains to the Dzukija heights. The Cepkeliai Reserve protects the country' s most extensive marsh, which stretches into Belarus, and the migratory birds stop here. Paths and raised wooden walkways reach observation platforms o ? ering great views. The park is easy accessible by bicycle and canoe, and has designated footpaths and camping areas. More information: www. dzukijosparkas. lt DZUKIJA ( DAINAVA - LAND OF SONGS) DZUKIJA NATIONAL PARK Situated in the south- eastern part of Lithuania between the Nemunas and Neris rivers, Dzukija is the woodiest region of Lithuania. Mushrooms and forest berries from Dzukija for many centuries were the main source of income for the locals. It is still the most popular area to go mushroom picking during the season. Dzukijans are characterised by their optimism and their love of songs, and are known for having preserved many older traditions. The region is full of curiosities related to woodland culture, including a number of botanical reserves and ancient villages closely connected to the life of forest.