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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius September 26th 2018

Yesterday we left Belarus, crossing the border back into the more familiar European Union. We were told that this crossing could be lengthy and difficult, taking up to five hours or more, with again perhaps a border crossing guard asking to go through all our luggage. And this was heading into the EU! But, understandably, those crossing from the EU into Belarus are most carefully checked, and given that once inside the EU one can drive for thousands of miles without ever seeing another checked border point, we prepared to wait and try to gracefully accept whatever happened. The first stop, leaving Belarus, went very quickly and uneventfully. Happy with that part, we reboarded the bus and slowly processed to entering the EU station. What was surprising to see throughout this crossing was the very long ... read more

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 15th 2018

Bonjour à tous, Comme hier 0 km pour la voiture, mais 12.8 pour moi plus encore ce soir. Je me suis renseigné sur le salaire moyen en Lituanie, en 2018 il est de 726 e. En France il est de 1910e. Dans certaines régions il est de 423e. Juste pour comparaison un abonnement internet 11,69e, location d’un studio 490e, dans le centre de Vilnius, en banlieue 310e. Le salaire moyen en Lettonie 647e, en Biélorussie 346, Estonie 975, Pologne 766, Suède 2213. Hier au soir encore, j’ai souper pour 10,20e, et je ne suis pas sortie avec la faim. Avec près de 13 km dans les jambes je suis content de revenir à l’hôtel. Déjà prendre une douche, il ne fait pas une grosse température, 20-22, mais il y a un taux d’humidité important. Depuis 2 ... read more
La nouvelle ville
Ste Anne
église St Esprit

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 14th 2018

Bonjour à tous, J’aurais pu mettre en titre “Mais qu’il y a des variantes dans le nouveau testament (catholique). Sans mauvais jeu de mots, j’y perd mon latin. La voiture n’a pas bougée, mais, j’ai fait 11,7 km à pied. Et la journée n'est pas terminée. Hier au soir à l’hôtel garé, à côté de moi un motard espagnol. Nous avons discuter 1bonne heure. Son programme. Il est allé à Moscou voir un match, sans problème il avait un billet de FIFA. A laissé sa moto à Moscou, avec des copains, sont allés à Sotchi, à St Petersboug en avion, voir des matchs. Puis Moscou, Vilnius en moto, car ici il peut avoir des visas en une semaine, pour retourner en Russie, et se rendre à Wladivostock à l’autre bout de la Russie, en passant par ... read more
Sventaragio
année 60-70?????
place Sirvydo

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 12th 2018

Bonjour à tous J’ai probablement une partie d’explication sur le si mauvais état des rues de Riga. Hier au soir je sorts pour manger, et le choix de restaurants est presque infini. Le premier où je m’installe en terrasse, la serveuse m’apporte le menu et me dit on ne prend pas les cartes de crédit, je me lève et part. Le deuxième pareil, là je suis resté, car il doivent tous pratiquer pareil. Les serveuses t’indiquent où est le distributeur. Ce qui m’a permis de demander, à ma voisine de table, une jeune femme si elle connaissait la raison. Non je viens d’Helsinki. Nous avons quand même discuté pendant un bon moment et j’ai travaillé mon anglais. Je pense que tous les commerçants font un maximum de black. Ceci peut expliquer cela. Et si on pousse ... read more
Riga Opéra National
Vilnius
Riga Pilsetas Kanal

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius June 18th 2018

Today we left Poland for Lithuania. We had previously changed some money to Zlotys ( mainly in case we needed to use the toilets) and so as we were heading towards Lithuania we needed to spend it. Found a spot for lunch but still had some money left. It was a Sunday so all the shops were closed except for food and drink outlets. Kevin managed to find a shop that sold wine and the shop assistant found him a suitable red off the top shelf - Jacobs Creek Shiraz Cabernet!!!! Our dinner that night was at the Restaurant Medininkai, in a medieval building near the town square and close to our hotel. City Tour next morning to see the Baroque buildings around town including the Vilnius Cathedral used by the Soviets in the 1950s as ... read more
Vilnius Cathedral
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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius October 12th 2017

Today was a wonderful day in Vilnius, Lithuania! It is just after 9pm and we have returned to our room after a beautiful leisurely walk on the pedestrian street here outside of our hotel. It is cool and the leaves are turning colors and it is like a painting outside. To back up… we had a full city tour this morning for around 3.5 hours. We toured a Roman Catholic Orthodox Church from the 1600s. There is no way my pictures can capture the details of the carvings inside the church but I tried. There was also a funky bar just next door to the church. I suppose this is okay since they are Catholics. LOL We visited the town hall square and there seemed to be churches – Gothic, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, etc… everywhere…. In ... read more
Ceiling of church
More ceilings - paintings and carvings
Crystal boat hanging from ceiling in church

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius October 11th 2017

We are in the country of Lithuania tonight. I like it! The vibe here is good and the buildings – everywhere – are gorgeous. It’s like walking around a fake town and our hotel isn’t even in the “old towne” section. Their “normal” buildings are beautiful. Kamie & I walked around town on our own for a couple of hours during lunch today and then at 3pm we took a group tour of the Museum of Genocide or the KGB Museum. This is the original prison that was the headquarters for the Gestapo during the German occupation and the headquarters for the KGB during the Russian occupation. I will tell the stories below the pictures but I warn you, they are extremely sad. At one point during the basement prison tour, I felt it was too ... read more
Vilnius, Lithuania
View from front window of our hotel room
KGB and Gestapo Headquarters

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius June 26th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! This morning after we all woke up we had some more home grown mint tea and waffles with home grown strawberry jam before we went to the bus stop. Milda's brother Ignacius came with us, doing his best to pedal an adult size bike and doing a good job despite his young age. We all laughed at his shenanigans and it was a pleasant walk to the bus, we chatted in a relaxed way. Livija was going to her campus first to then go and meet her mother coming in from Kaunas to meet her for the day. I myself had decided to go to a nature area recommended to me yesterday by Roberta, the area is called Pūčkorių Atodanga which sounds very funny to me since the first part of that ... read more
Three Martyrs
Aušros Vartai
 Šv. Onos Bažnyčia

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius June 25th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! This morning I took the train from Kaunas to Vilnius to check out the capital city of Lithuania. I met up with Roberta who stayed with me in Sweden last year together with Paulius and Ruta and I handed over the keys to their apartment to her as agreed upon beforehand. She told me that there would be a celebration at Šv. Stanislovo ir Šv. Vladislovo Arkikatedra Bazilika, the main cathedral of Vilnius, as a local Archbishop, Teofilius Matulionis, would be beatified which is a rather big deal. Before I went there though I went to the church Šv. Konstantino ir Michailo Cerkvė further up the hill since I could see it from the point where me and Roberta met and it looked quite beautiful. Close to the church is a nice ... read more
Kalnų Parkas
Soldiers
Šv. Stanislovo ir Šv. Vladislovo Arkikatedra Bazilika

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius June 16th 2017

Comparé aux latins expansifs, parfois même agités, les habitants des pays Baltes apparaissent plutôt calmes, discrets, réservés et modestes. Ce qui peut s'expliquer par les conditions difficiles et l’univers contraignant dans lesquels ils ont évolué et qui semblent avoir amplifié ces traits de caractère. Tout comme les Nordiques, les Baltes apparaîtront froids et ne se lieront avec autrui qu'après d'amples précautions. Ne vous attendez pas par conséquent à des démonstrations amicales exubérantes, le Balte reste très mesuré, trop peut-être… Peu communicatif, il demeure relativement neutre vis-à-vis de l'étranger, allez de préférence vers lui car il n'est généralement guère disposé du fait de sa nature à faire le premier pas. Voilà ce que nous raconte le Petit Fûté… et après expérience, il a... read more
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02 pour vous remettre en mémoire les différents pays
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