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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius June 29th 2013

Our gang of close friends at home(The Flamingos)are having their mid winter Christmas Party tonight and we won't be there.But......by the wonders of technology,namely Skype,we can at least get a look at who has brought what to eat and salivate if there is lamb on the menu and of course also get to catch up with those there.The party is at Ruth and Owens and we jacked up the connection day and time about a month ago so we had to make sure our internet connection in Augustow was going to work.And it did a treat! The weather had picked up since yesterday and the sky was clearing as we packed up for the short drive to cross into another country on the BBA V2,Lithuania. What a difference the sun coming out makes and with Augustow ... read more
Polish lake near Augustow
Fishing for lunch perhaps?
Straight road through the forest near Polish/Lithuania border

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius June 14th 2013

As soon as we crossed the border (which does not involve stopping) it started to rain. The rain became progressively heavier as we approached the city. CS had booked to alight the bus at a place called 'Panorama'; a big shopping complex on the north side of the river Neris which had seemed the closest spot to our destination hotel. There was no shelter there so the bus driver suggested we stay on board until we reached the Bus Station. Ultimately both stops were about the same distance from our hotel but the driver kindly procured a taxi for us virtually as soon as the bus arrived at its terminus, and we were undercover, which was welcome because by then it was teeming. A smiley driver who spoke virtually no English managed to communicate that he ... read more
Gedimino St.
CS dwarfed by the Cathedral Basilica columns
Clock tower of the Cathedral

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius November 29th 2012

I flew from Rygge to Vilnius early in the morning, dozing a little while, the passengers nearby being somewhat noisy. Having landed, I at first stood waiting for the bus but then went to find the train station. You have to walk some 30 meters, the train came in 20 minutes; it consists only of two coaches and reaches the city in no time; ticket was bought from the fare collector. Weather was totally different from Oslo – there it was colder and drier, while here drizzling and misty. The hostel was very close to the train station, but its door bore the sign of its being shifted to another building nearby owing to repair (the booking said nothing about that, mark a shortcoming). I was met by a Russian-speaking girl and shown to the room. ... read more
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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius » Trakai November 27th 2012

Lithuania, Vilnius Another long bus trip and I arrived in Lithuania's capital, Vilnius. Unfortunately it was raining and I was struggling to read my map and follow the directions to the hostel (which was aparently only 10-15mins away. I finally worked out where I was, information paramount to figure out where I needed to go and navigated a slightly dodgy area of town,into tiny cobbled stone streets which told me I was getting close to the old town. Unfortunately when I got to my accomodation gate (which was perfect for the hobbits in Lord of the rings) there was also 4 workmen having tea/"working" in the doorway so I pushed passed them managed to open the tiny hobbit door and duck under to get inside. Unfortunately my bag adds another 10cm to my height so when ... read more
Chocolate Shop
River
Family dinner

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius » Trakai » Druskininskai August 31st 2012

The small nation of Lithuania is overloaded with character, conviviality and culture. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the country’s capital, Vilnius. Although the city’s difficult post-Soviet past is ever present, a newly vibrant atmosphere has successfully subdued it. As you fly into Vilnius, you’ll still catch glimpses of the old – planned streets, factories, and those diminutive ugly high-rise apartment blocks. However, the centre of Vilnius feels like another world. Gone are those horrific grey edifices, replaced with a multitude of colour. For Vilnius, somewhat unusually, feels like a Mediterranean city. Winding cobblestone streets pass between beautifully coloured baroque buildings. Their faded blue, yellow and red façades deepen in intensity when the sun shines, while spectacular old churches appear behind every corner. You can’t help but ask yourself if you’... read more
Cathedral Square

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius » Trakai » Druskininskai August 26th 2012

Well hey one and all! So I guess, its about time I wrote about the third and final country I visited in my little Baltic jaunt. When I last wrote, I was just leaving Riga, following a girl as so many before have and so many after me will. Well I have never and probably will never meet Delila or Lysa again. Pretty sad thought I guess, but actually, I am quite happy about this. You see, now I have this memory, this perfect moment totally etched into my head. I never, ever want to ruin that. Because now I know, that what I am doing is right. So Vilnius, well truth be told, my mind wasn't as open to this city as I wish it had of been, I got there and I was pretty ... read more

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius August 21st 2012

Although my Erasmus time has finished, I will still write some blogs after holidays and other important events. And this latest one will come in two parts - my Baltic Tour. Although it was only a week long, the trip took me and my sister to four countries and six cities - its therefore no surprise that we had forgotten much of what went on at the beginning before the end was even upon us! The first day involved us leaving home at 5:30am to make it to the airport for a 7:30am flight to Vilnius. However as we were about the board the plane, there was a technical issue that delayed us by almost 2 hours. Although we didn't mind arriving later, as we already knew that we had plenty of spare time and we ... read more
St. Anne's Church
Three Crosses
Curonian Spit

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius August 20th 2012

After a comfortable four hour bus trip from Riga we arrived into Vilnius at around midday. I had drawn a rough map of where our hostel was located in relation to the bus stop. We walked for around 400 meters downhill until we realised it was uphill in the other direction, you would think we would be good at this by now! We did make it to our hostel; a small apartment located in the old town however and met up with the owner and some other people staying at the hostel. The owner was extremely welcoming and informed us on all the main sites to see and spots to hang out at in the city over a local wine. After settling in we set off on foot to explore the city, after getting such good ... read more
Collectors Market
The Collectors Market
Yummy Crepes

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius August 13th 2012

Dear Friends and Family, Ann and I have safely navigated the last four travel days and are currently in a 4-star hotel in Vilnius. I could get used to this fancy travelin lifestyle! I will mostly let the photos speak for themselves. Ann and I had a couple of hours in London during the 2012 Summer Olympics, then jetted off to Frankfurt for a night on the town including the famous Apple Wine Festival. The next day, we were in Warsaw and explored the Old Town, New Town, Fortress and Royal Way. We took an all-night bus to Vilnius where we have been exploring the local churches, fortifications, micro-state of Uzupis and Trakai Castle. Tomorrow, we will visit the Hill of Crosses before entering into Latvia and staying in Riga for the next couple of days. ... read more
Old Town Frankfurt
frankfurt tower
Apple Wine Festival

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 12th 2012

I didn't think that these photos were good enough for the main blog ...... read more
Vilnius Cathedral
Vilnius Cathedral
Vilnius Cathedral




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