Vilnius, capital of Lithuania
We settled into Lithuania as if it were home. I found the place
to be a rather charming mixture of oddities, delights, and
homeliness. I must go back, because we got stuck in Vilnius. The
place was so nice and rewarding we didnít feel the need to
venture further across the country, except for a couple of
The town is a mixture of quaint old areas, and rather
down-trodden dumps, and modern shopping streets. The main
cathedral square is a meeting place with the main shopping
centre shooting off to the west along the big Prospekt. However,
I preferred the back streets. How about this for the local
library. Put a book in, take a book out. Open all hours:
How about some of the townís culinary delights? Potato pudding
with pigís ears anyone? Item number 9 on the menu is not quite
to my taste, but itís cheap enough, and how about the cannabis?
Some of the restaurants have uninvited guests. I tried to get
this particular guest centre table for my photograph by placing
a bit of bread roll in front of me, but the blighter insisted on
raiding the untouched rolls in the bowl:
One of the main fruits on sale everywhere and seemingly in many
of the recipes are blueberries. And cafes and restaurants were
everywhere, all down the sidewalks, in the squares, and in the
Second to the cafes is the sheer number of churches. There are
often half a dozen in one street. Some even stand next to each
other. This situation is partly due to the heterodoxy rampant in
the town. There are churches dedicated to the Russian Orthodox
faith. Next to one of those would be a Roman Catholic church.
There are two or three different styles of low church, and the
occasional synagogue. So the skyline is punctuated by spires,
domes and towers. Even the walls can be decorated with folk
And I even managed to find a chess set in the central park:
We noticed an unusual restaurant which was in town for a week.
Itís called Dinner in the Sky. The weather was a bit chilly with
occasional high winds, and the meal was rather expensive for me.
Also, I do prefer to take a little longer than 45 minutes over a
meal. But I guess itís a bit of fun.
Öto be continued
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