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Vilnius Day 2

Lithuania

Our second full day in Vilnius we went to the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, also commonly referred to as the KGB Museum, and stumbled across a street fair in the main area of Vilnius. We also did some shopping as Vilnius is famous for amber and linen.

The Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights is located in the former KGB headquarters in Vilnius. Tourists are able to see the prison within the complex (which was in the basement) and where executions were carried out as well as learn about the Lithuanian people's fight for independence from occupation. It was interesting to see how the building was designed especially how the KGB wired the building to conduct its activities in Lithuania. The museum also pays tribute to Lithuania Jews who were killed during World War II. It was an overall very impressive museum!

Museum website: http://genocid.lt/muziejus/en/

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Some of the placards describing the prison conditions:
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After the museum, we stumbled across a street fair that ran through the main thoroughfare from Cathedral Square. It was really cool. There were local artisans and food tents and live music, such a great experience. We also did a bit of shopping for amber and linen, which Lithuania is known for.

Vilnius was absolutely fantastic and I would go back in a heartbeat. It is a neat city, with a lot to do, very walkable and economical. Vilnius was not initially on our "must see list" in Europe but we are so very happy we made it to the city. The city is definitely one of my favorite places we've visited so far.

On to the next adventure!

Posted by LCP 23:29 Archived in Lithuania Tagged churches and of museum vilnius freedom fights occupation kgb Comments (2)

Vilnius

Lithuania

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.

CNN article: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/most-affordable-city-break-europe-2019/index.html

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.

AirBnb: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3834725?source_impression_id=p3_1568645084_29wyXDPVlfxXRRFZ
Exposed brick of the AirBnb, really interesting. The place used to be an old monastery:
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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.

Lithuania flag
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Views of Vilnius:
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Some of the many churches in Vilnius
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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...

Posted by LCP 00:28 Archived in Lithuania Tagged churches town old vilnius lithuania basketball cepelinai Comments (3)

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