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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius May 3rd 2015

kR + k Da ich nicht die Autobahn entlang brauste, dauerte die Fahrt den ganzen Tag, war aber auch sehr interessant. Die ersten 100 km und mehr war das Land kaum überm Meeresspiegel, so 10 m, alles flach. Dann kamen die Endmoränenwälle und mit ihnen Steigungen und Kurven. Ich habe festgestellt, dass seit Hannover Endmoränenwälle groß mitspielen im Motorradleben... Kiefernwälder mit einigen Birken, Straßenzustand wechselt von perfekt zu Imperfekt (weil voller Spurrillen und sehr uneben), alle Straßen, die von der Hauptstraße abzweigen sind ungeteert. Störche, die meditativ am Nestrand sitzen und sich überlegen, ob sie heuer schon genug aufgebaut haben oder of noch was drauf muss - manche Nestbauten sind 1 Meter hoch. Kaunas: War früher Hauptstadt (1920 - 39), ist mit 350.000 E die zweitgrößte Stadt des Landes, ein Wirtschafts- und Handelszentrum. Ich bin nur ... read more
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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius September 17th 2014

Friday 12 Sep – Vilnius The clouds have gone and the sun has returned and we’re back to 23C with blue skies. Perfect burning weather for me! Our hotel last night was excellent. Tiki Inn, run by a local family who have travelled the world and decided to run a hotel/hostel from their house in Paluse. The rooms were plush, it was whisper quiet and overlooked one of the many lakes in that area. Dwayne and I especially liked their dog, Vella. She was very friendly and cute! We had a quick look around the lakes and wished we’d had more time but alas, we had to get to Vilnius. As it was, we were over an hour late for our rendezvous with the apartment agent. Luckily for us, apartment owners are very understanding over here ... read more
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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius September 5th 2014

Jonava in central Lithuania, and Vilnius the capital of Lithuania, 3 September - Happy birthday to my 89 year old Dad xx What a fantastic day we had - riding around the capital of Lithuania on a segway....please read on: Leaving the west coast of Lithuania, we drove 220km east to the large industrial and cross-roads city of Kaunas but skirted its perimeter as we wanted to head north to Jonava. This city, named after John, which makes St. John's Day, the biggest national holiday very special in Lithuania. A quirky town with vintage industrial buildings and structures, and a modern factory away from the city itself. It has a number of oblong lakes and the River Neris running through it which they have landscaped with beautiful walk ways and cycle paths. We went for a ... read more
Vilnius capital of Lithuania 3 Sept - our Segway adventure (3)
Vilnius capital of Lithuania 3 Sept (3)
Johavos in central Lithuania - old Jewish Street

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius August 29th 2014

Blog for the 23rdonwards Phew, what a mammoth couple of days. Putting my feet up in Vilnius (in the dry) has presented the first chance to fully unwind since I’ve left Riga. The last time I spoke to you I was unequivocally pessimistic about the chances of seeing the Old Town of Riga at all. With prompting and prodding from both mum and dad to brave the weather I decided to take the chance, and without a doubt I am glad I did. I had such a great afternoon wandering the cobblestoned streets of Riga and looking at all the grandeur of the architecture mixed with the delicacy of the decoration. The Russian Orthodox Church was a particular highlight despite the fact that I wasn’t actually able to enter due to the fact that I was ... read more

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius August 3rd 2014

We travelled by bus from Warsaw to Vilnius stopping at the spa town of Augustow for lunch. It was a full day of driving past lakes and through forests, as a number of our fellow travellers are farmers we listened to many interesting conversations about the types of crops and livestock we saw along the way. When we reached Vilnius, we were again pleased to find our hotel located in the Old Town, which contained many baroque style buildings and beautiful outdoor restaurants. After dinner with our tour group we decided to explore the cobbled streets. We could hear some music and followed it to find ourselves in a small square where we were delighted to see lots of young people dancing jive, swing and tango. The makeshift dance floor was surrounded by families sitting at ... read more
Vilnius - Enjoying a beer at one of the many outdoor cafes
Hill of Cosses
Vilnius - Lithuania

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius September 30th 2013

Three hours by train North of Minsk, and we are entering in a complete different world! We know the European Union has spent a lot of money making sure some of their new members could catch up faster in terms of development and infrastructure...well, it shows here, and it's pretty nice. Vilnius is our first stop, before going North later on to Riga and than Tallinn. The Lithuanian train was modern, comfortable, and packed! Our taxi driver spoke Russian, like around 30% of the population here. We were in Vilnius for 28 hours, time to discover a world I had heard a lot about...but in reality, I knew nothing about... We stay at the Novotel right in the middle of town. Cheap, comfortable, efficient....that did the job. The good news, is the Capitals of the Baltic ... read more
KGB former jail...
Up to the Castle...
Vilnius

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius September 2nd 2013

Still heading north through Eastern Europe. Ashlee and I spent a week in Vilnuis, Lithuania. The cities in E. Europe seem to be of two major kinds, those influenced more by Soviet style city plans with huge wide open spaces, wide streets, and crazy big buildings, and those influenced more by European style with small quaint streets, small ornate city squares, and moderate sized buildings. Vilnuis was a bit of both. It had the Soviet style outside the old town area and European influences inside the old town area. It also has a completely modern area just over the bridge from the old town area. There is something for everyone here, but I probably would not want to come back and live in Vilnius. We also did a day trek to Trakai. In the pictures, Trakai ... read more
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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius August 4th 2013

Needing a break from both churches and castles, we spent a couple of hours one afternoon walking along a boardwalk over the Kodru bog in the Korvemaa Landscape Protection Area in Latvia. We'd never have found the trail without the help of the young girl selling tickets for a museum there who walked half way across a mown field full of sharp stalks in flip flops to point out the beginning of the trail. When we emerged from the trees the landscape looked like something from a post-apocalyptic movie, with wizened-looking trees, quite different from field after field of grain or the herds of cattle we'd been driving past, and we had to watch out for tiny brown frogs and small lizards leaping from the boards as we put our feet down. Driving on to Viljandi ... read more
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Old Mill hotel

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 31st 2013

Our GPS has been of great help guiding us around Latvia, Estonia and now Lithuania but it needs to be used with discretion, as one morning it took us down a cart track which ended in a very rickety and narrow pedestrian suspension bridge. It also tends to send us in circles when trying to get us to a tourist information centre that can only be accessed on foot. And several of the centres we have tried to reach can only be accessed by foot or via complicated one-way systems which, when you want help finding somewhere to stay for the night and only have ten minutes to reach the information centre before it closes, can be frustrating. We've also noticed, when asking for a room for the night that as soon as we ask whether ... read more
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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius June 30th 2013

Another city,another old town to look over and take it in the history and architecture and the weather has come right for some serious walking. The suburb the apartment is located in has some wide open spaces between the apartment blocks and the land in the area is not dead flat giving an aesthetically pleasing view. Yesterday when we walked to the supermarket we noticed two signs pointing to Centras(middle of the city)one saying 3km and the other saying 6km.Which one was right or perhaps there were two different routes to take?We weren't sure but if it was only 3km it would be worth walking rather than taking the car and having to find a park.However if it was 6km then that would add another 6km return to the journey and make it a long and ... read more
Funicular,Vilnius
New city skyline and River Neris,Vilnius
Hill of three crosses,Vilnius




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