My first trip to lithuania...
My first trip to lithuania (belongs to Russia that time) for 2 weeks during work at my former employer.
Here your see a picture of Vilnius. I do not remember much from the city or the things that we have seen or visited, but more I remember the people I met who were so nice and friendly.
Centre of Europe
drumming into your head: Centre of Europe is near Vilnius!! Being of clear mind and serious face I can announce that the geographical centre of Europe is near Vilnius! It was discovered by French National Geographic Institute, so nobody can take it from us (“it”= centre:)). The point, 50°54 latitude, 25°19` longitude, is located 20 minutes north of Vilnius town centre.
Not far from the European centre you can find the European park that means the museum of international sculpture, which was established in order to give artistic significance to the centre.
How not to look like a tourist in VILNIUS: Part 1
Ok, so everytime i go to Vilnius old town I see these tourists that just screams im an IDIOT tourist ROBB ME PLEASE!
SO I'm here to help you!
What you should not wear While in Vilnius!:
1. Sneackers (who are you running from?)
2. Shorts (BIG BIG mistake, you will look funny)
3. BIg HAT (nobody wears hats here, unless it winter time, this is not a resort!)
4. Your country logo clothing : for example I LOVE NYC, mets caps, Canada flag shirts (tell me do you want them to think you're a ritch foreigner?)
What you SHOULD wear while in Vilnius!!!!
1. Always look pull together and nice, nothing sloppy. This is EUROPE my friends!
2. Black is your friend if you have no clue.
3. If you look sloppy, you will stand out in the city, this is not Milan but people are fasion conscious.
4. Men- dark slacks (no shorts), comfortable dark shoes and a nice shirt.
5. Women- comfortable shoes, no heels if you want your feet to live (although women here wear heels everywhere), stick to dark colors. Fashion is in HERE!
If you are interested in folk...
If you are interested in folk music, you can check a site of not very well know band 'Verdingis'. They play really traditional music, and you have an oportunity to listen to some mp3 of our national songs and instrumental piecies..
They had beautiful river but...
Neris River and its banks looked very pretty and green in May. But I was a little bit dissapointed.
There were no boats, no ships, no water traffic at all, no restaurants or cafes along its banks etc., simply no infrastructure for visitors.
I would love to pay for say 1 hour boat trip along Neris River with a guide and Lithuanian meal on board... or for a lunch in traditional Lithuanian restaurant housed in old, prefferably wooden house overlooking the river... What about fishing trips or light and sound perfomances? Hmm... maybe someday... and hopefully not at very high price.
Vilnius, although very rich in architectural wonders, was not as much touristy as many less blessed in unique, historical buildings cities of Western Europe. It was Ok for me although fewer tourists meant surely fewer money for Vilnians and tourist infrastructure. Well, I could meet visitors there, mainly from Poland, Russia, Germany and the USA but not many, much less than in Riga, Latvia and Tallin, Estonia. But I was told that more and more foreign visitors come to visit Vilnius. So, in a few years... who knows?