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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

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 10th 2012

Left the hotel at 09h00, walking across the Green Bridge to view the Soviet statues left as a reminder of what was and then continued down Vilnius Gatvė to the main Tourist Information Centre and the Town Hall. City doesn't appear to be as vibrant as Riga nor even Tallin. Then continued on to the Republic of Užupis where I studied its constitution: Everyone has the right to live by the River Vilnelė, while the River Vilnelė has the right to flow by everyone. Everyone has the right to hot water, heating in winter and a tiled roof. Everyone has the right to die, but it is not a duty. Everyone has the right to make mistakes. Everyone has the right to individuality. Everyone has the right to love. Everyone has the right to be not ... read more
One of Four Soviet Statues on the Green Bridge
One of Four Soviet Statues on the Green Bridge
One of Four Soviet Statues on the Green Bridge

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 9th 2012

Arrived in Lithuania after having started in Estonia two weeks ago and spending some time in Latvia. Got no idea what to expect from Lithuania but the first stop - the Hill of Crosses - was interesting. Walking around, I found one to remember the Russian massacre of the Poles in Katyn - a similar memorial being close to my home in the UK. The remainder of the day was spent at a slow crawl on an empty motorway, eventually arriving in Vilnius at 17h45. After a meal, I went to find the Shopping Centre and an ATM, before wandering across the White Bridge, into Lukiškės Square, along Gediminas Avenue to the Cathedral, before returning by the river footpath to the hotel ... and bed!... read more
Another Empty Motorway
The Hill of Crosses
Katyn Forest - not Forgotten

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius June 15th 2012

Thursday 14th June 2012 We were off before 0700, both of us waking before the 0615 alarm. Actually, neither of us slept that well, finding it hard to sleep and then waking expecting the alarm to go. This happens when we have an early departure. As it was the tram was just coming, the train was about to leave, and we ended up at the airport so early they hadn't even assigned a gate for our flight. When we arrived at Vilnius airport we caught the local bus into town for the princely sum of A$3, this covering both of us plus an extra ticket for the luggage. Once at the terminus we saw the hotel across the road and were soon in our new 'home'. The Panorama Hotel is aptly name as due to its ... read more
Dinner in the Sky anyone?
Hill of the Three Crosses
Modern buildings in Vilnius

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius June 1st 2012

Motorhome News from Lithuania Lithuania Chapter I Saturday 28th April 2012 Once again we turn into new territory; up into the Baltic States beyond Poland, edging our way northwards towards the southern shores of Scandinavia and the western fringes of the old USSR; to delve into the history, the landscape, wildlife and culture aflicted by invasion from all sides for centuries. Is that why we continue to travel; to learn more about that which is beyond the horizon; that Christopher Columbus feeling I was talking about? There's a little bit of the old Soviet Union tucked into the corner of the Baltic coast to the northeast of Poland, leaving us little choice of roads northwards into Lithuania. Some roads run through the small Russian enclave of Kaliningrad that gives access to the Baltic Sea when ice ... read more
Bird ringing station at Vente
The Lithuanian coastline
Minija house

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius » Trakai » Druskininskai May 13th 2012

I wanted to add a word or two specifically about the wonderful children of Rugute, known affectionately as Rugute's Captains. During our little jaunt around Lithuania, we were honoured by the presence of many of the children that the Rugute charity supports. many of these children are actively receiving treatment for their conditions, some are thankfully in remission. All of them warmed our hearts and strengthened our resolve to complete our journey. In Panevezys we met : Naglis, Zilvinas, Vilte, Ignas and Kipras we were also met by friends of Rugute, Ieva and Benas. In Siauliai we met : Julija and her brother Mindaugas, Ugne and Abhajus In Klaipeda we met : Reinoldas and his sister Simonija together with Domantas and his brother Danielius In Silute we met : Justina In all cases, these children reminded ... read more

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius » Trakai » Druskininskai May 13th 2012

Just a brief update to put out a link to the tracked routes that I captured using Map My Tracks ( with my iPhone. If you are interested in the detail regarding the route that we took on our epic journey around Lithuania, then the detail is here. Enjoy.... read more

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius May 12th 2012

Made it. The guys completed the gruelling 518 miles as they rode to Barclays Technology Centre in Vilnius. I was able to join them and cycled in with others from the office for the last 3 or 4 miles. The welcome was fantastic with well over 50 people waiting to welcome us back from the trip. The day started early and we reached Trakia at around 2.00pm for the traditional lunch of Kibinai which is served in that region. Then it was on to the final leg into Vilnius and the usual photo call under the city limits sign on the outskirts of town. The forecast rain had pretty much held off and the Friday afternoon traffic was the main challenge to arriving on schedule at 4.30pm.... read more
The finish line.

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