Vilnius, May 2018
Wow, what a beautiful and diverse city Vilnius is.
As usual we used the wonderful Skyscanner to search for cheap flights to 'everywhere'. We are open to visiting anywhere new really but particularly enjoy the charm (and price of beer) of Eastern European cities so were excited about the prospect of visiting Lithuania when Vilnius appeared high up on the cheapest flights that weekend.
Here are some of my favourite images from the weekend.
The weather forecast was heavy rain and thunderstorms for most of the weekend but we hardly saw a drop of rain the whole weekend. These moody skies when we first arrived were a treat for my camera (and eyes, of course!), the rest of the weekend was glorious sunshine.
Around Vilnius City.
There happened to be a street music festival on throughout the city whilst we were there.
The Hill of Three Crosses.
We stumbled upon the famous Hill of Three Crosses just having a wander. There are some magnificent views of the city from around here.
Church of Saint Annes.
There are loads of churches in Vilnius, 28 in the Old Town alone. This one is magnificent being a mixture of Gothic and Baroque. The church was originally Gothic but part of it was destroyed in a fire in 1419 and was later rebuilt in a Baroque style.
There are so many churches that they are even used for other purposes, such as warehouses. One was ironically made into a museum of Atheism, although no longer is.
Because of all the churches Vilnius is a very popular city to get married in. We did see quite a few brides and grooms having their wedding portraits taken around the city on the Saturday.
Views from Saint John's Belfry.
Užupis is a quirky independent republic in the centre of Vilnius and a hub for artists and creatives. It's residents declared independence in 1997 and April 1st is celebrated as Independence Day of the Republic of Užupis. There is a water tap that flows with beer on this one day of the year. Užupis has it's own president, army of twelve people and constitution. You can even get an Užupis 'visa' stamped in your passport.
Literary Street is a quirky street made up of artworks dedicated to people working in literature in Lithuania. There are installations dedicated to writers, poets, translators, anyone related to both writing and Lithuania. Even critics have their own piece about them (note the false teeth, a joke suggesting critics should keep quiet!).
A day trip to Trakai to see Trakai Castle.
Food in Vilnius
I couldn't not include a few images of some of the food we ate. The Lithuanian bar snack 'fried bread with cheese' is the tastiest thing.
Some images of us from the trip.
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