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Old March 19th, 2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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Lithuania: Vilnius, Klaipéda, Kaunas

In the summer of 2009 we travelled from Helsinki to Riga via Tallin. We didn't have the time to visit the other Baltic country, Lithuania.
So we returned in 2010 to the regio and made a roundtrip through that country. We start at Vilnius International Airport.



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Old March 19th, 2011, 01:41 PM   #2
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Beautiful, very nice photos from Lithuania, Benonie
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Old March 19th, 2011, 05:12 PM   #3
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Fantastic pics as always. Vilnius seems to need little additional restoration work.
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What are those sailor-boys doing so deep inland, are they lost? Fantastic photos.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 02:08 AM   #5
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nice, I like this city - interesting and not crowded.
I noticed the bikers are not wearing helmits - not required to wear one?
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Old March 20th, 2011, 02:23 AM   #6
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Cool pics Benonie.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 10:52 AM   #7
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Fantastic pics as always. Vilnius seems to need little additional restoration work.
Old Town of Vilnius is Big (3.59 km^2; city of London - 2.9 km^2) and the damage here was far more extensive than in Riga, Tallinn or majority of cities on Eastern theater. It will take another decade if not more and millions of € to restore it, more or less.
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Great photos Benonie, thanks for posting them here.

This one is interesting, I even have some doubts, is this really from Vilnius?:
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Old March 20th, 2011, 11:35 PM   #9
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Interesting pics Benonie!
i wanted to go this summer to Ukraine but ive noticed that its pretty hard to get cheap flights to Lviv, the city i want to go to.
With Wizzair and Ryanair it shouldnt be a big problem to fly to Lithuania.
how are the prices ( food, clubs etc) compared to Poland ?
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The best way to get to Lviv is to catch a train from Krakow.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 12:31 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the friendly comments so far!

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i wanted to go this summer to Ukraine but ive noticed that its pretty hard to get cheap flights to Lviv, the city i want to go to. With Wizzair and Ryanair it shouldnt be a big problem to fly to Lithuania.
how are the prices ( food, clubs etc) compared to Poland ?
We took a Brussels Airlines flight which was 300 euro for 2 adults and 1 child, which was quite cheap in full summer.
I found the Baltics cheap to European standard. Is suppose you can compare it with Poland, same prices more or less, allthough it's 4 years since we've travelled through Poland and costs can change pretty fast.

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This one is interesting, I even have some doubts, is this really from Vilnius?:
It sure is. It's even in the city center, about 500 meter(or more?) south west from the central square.

@ El Greco: I don't know why the sailor-boys are marching there, but it was sunday morning and they just came back from church. Maybe some Lithuanian inhabitant can tell us more?
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Old March 21st, 2011, 12:32 AM   #12
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Great photos Benonie, thanks for posting them here.

This one is interesting, I even have some doubts, is this really from Vilnius?:
That's Vilnius allright. Right behind the tree you can catch a glimpse of a shadow of church of St. Ignatius (baroque), which coincidentally belongs to the military.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 12:36 AM   #13
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Indeed! That was the church they were leaving. Thanks!

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Vilnius is so nice. It looks very relaxed.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 10:43 PM   #16
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Indeed. It is relaxed.

Presidential Palace.





University of Vilnius.



The only remaining synagoge in the former "Jerusalem of the north".







Time for a drink!



Former KGB-headquarter and jail...









Test ride of new trolley bus.



An older sister.





Plan for a underground railway train in Vilnius.











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Old March 24th, 2011, 10:59 AM   #17
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Old March 24th, 2011, 01:19 PM   #18
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Very good, very nice updates
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Great photos from Lithuania, Benonie! The cities and towns there look very charming and pleasant. Summers in the Baltics must be absolutely wonderful.
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Old March 25th, 2011, 10:25 PM   #20
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Thanks. Summer in the Baltics is beautiful and relaxed!














We jump on the train to the famous little city of Trakai.

Vilnius Gelezinkelio Stotis, the trainstation of Vilnius:









Older but quite comfortabel and spacious trains.

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