LITHUANIA 2016

LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
LITHUANIA 2016
To get from East Europe to Scandinavia, we have to get through The Baltics first. So why not do a quick tour while we're passing through?

First up on our Baltic stop: Lithuania. And straight to Vilnius, it's capital.

Quite honestly, we really didn't know what to expect from The Baltics. I've heard of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia only a few times in my life, but never really care to delve further. I wasn't even sure where they were on the map! That is, until this trip.

Ok, right! So on to Vilnius and the very obvious spot to hit up in most European cities - The Old Town.

Exploring the old part of Vilnius is like finding a treasure chest full of gems. The historic. The communist. The modern. It's a pretty mix of the old and the new, granted it's quite a touristy spot, but nevertheless, makes for a pleasant visual walk when getting lost. What really sets this Old Town apart from other European Old Towns are the quaint alleyways in between the main streets. The pretty narrow paths sets the ambiance for intimate walks, and paired with cobblestones underneath your feet, it kinda feels like you're stepping back in time. There are a number of cute shops and hidden restaurants in these photogenic alleyways. All waiting to be stumbled upon. Like I said, a treasure chest.

Another interesting tidbit to check out is a small place in Vilnius that unofficially declared itself The Republic of Uzupis. It has it's own flag and anthem and 11-men military, but it's endeavors are purely artistic. Nothing is taken seriously here. Go here to take a peak at the quiet Bohemian lifestyle and to swing above the river. Yes, that's right! A swing suspended from a bridge over running water! Fun place to put a swing in my opinion!

All in all, we probably didn't do Lithuania any justice by visiting just one city. It's capital. But I think it was a nice introduction into the country and The Baltics. Now that we got a little taste of this region, my interest has been piqued. Can't wait to explore more of The Baltics!

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When: July 2016
Temp: 70-75F
Cities: Vilnius
Stay: Do Re Mi Hostel. 7.50EUR/night for a 6 bed dorm.
Recommend: Free Walking Tour and The Republic of Uzupis.


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