Our next adventure took us to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. I must admit, Lithuania was not originally on our must see list, but I heard so many people say what a wonderful time they had there. I also read a CNN article about how Vilnius was a great weekend getaway, not to mention economical. We absolutely LOVED Vilnius!! It is such a cool city and reminds me of quintessential European cities with the architecture there. Not to mention any city that you can deplane, pass through customs/immigration, and be at your AirBnb in under 45 minutes, is amazing! Also, Vilnius has Uber which we used to and from the airport for under 10€ each way. It is a very walkable city and we walked everywhere and it was also extremely economical (breakfast for two was 15€!). Most entry fees to museums and sites of interest were around the 5€ point. Vilnius was also very clean and you saw lots of people out and about exercising or walking around.
We stayed in a fantastic AirBnb in the heart of Old Town Vilnius. Our host had awesome recommendations for places to checkout and eat at during our visit. We spent two full days exploring the city and a half day before our flight left on departure day. Once again, we used Ryanair for flights and had no issues with our flights.
Exposed brick of the AirBnb, really interesting. The place used to be an old monastery:
A few fun facts about Lithuania before I get to the good stuff. Basketball is very popular in Lithuania. Cepelinai (dumplings made from grated and riced potatoes and stuffed with ground meat or dry curd cheese or mushrooms) is probably one of the most famous Lithuania dishes and it is delicious! And easter eggs are not brought by cute, fluffy bunnies, granny Velykų Bobute delivers them; bunnies just help her decorate the eggs and load her cart.
I will probably break the Lithuania posts up into separate posts due to the sheer volume of pictures.
Views of Vilnius:
Some of the many churches in Vilnius
Overall, we had an excellent time in Vilnius and I would absolutely return. It is such an interesting city, so easy to get around and very economical. Onto Vilnius Day 1...