Over the years wandering around Vilnius, I’ve noticed several interesting ways that shops advertise their presence. Here are a few.
I’ve written about Lola’s bar and the wonderful ambience. We actually found it accidentally.
We went in and it was packed out with locals. We managed to get served and enjoyed the cuts of cold meat. But we couldn’t find anywhere to sit.
Whenever a table became vacant and we sat down the staff moved us on saying it was reserved – despite there being no reserved sign. They seemed to favour the locals
We were pretty fed up by the time we squeezed into a corner and when someone nudged my arm as I was sorting out some change for a tip and it went all over the floor I left it there. As we left we noticed Lola’s further down the street and said we’d try that next time. And we did, several times until it sadly closed.
Unlike Lola’s bar, we didn’t miss it.
While my colleague was off at the opera or the theatre refreshing his high-brow tastes I was hanging out in this bar with a bottle of good red wine listening to the music waiting for him to join me.
Oh that playlist: I remember Ray Charles, Cab Calloway (singing Minnie the Moocher which you might remember from the Blues Brothers film) and the neo-tango Spanish/Argentinian collaboration called Otros Aires.
Otros Aires say it is “an electronic-archeological project created between Barcelona and Buenos Aires airports. It mixes the first tangos and milongas (fast tangos but also used to describe places where these are danced) records of the beginning of the last century with electronic sequences, melodies and words of the 21st century”
Read more about them here at Otros Aires.
You get the feeling that things are really happening in Vilnius with new developments springing up everywhere (as mentioned in previous post)
Walking back from Užupis on the way to the old town was no exception.
Not sure UK ‘elf and safety people would approve of pedestrian access arrangements but not a problem.
One of the nice things about visiting a city regularly is that you can catch up on old friend and acquaintances – if you can find them.
This time it wasn’t an eating place I was looking for but an artist’s studio on the corner of šv Kazimierz g. where I met Cica, the artist, playing a vinyl record by Dave Stewart and Candy Dufler over and over again, particularly the haunting track “Lily was here”.
But no sign of Cica and certainly no Lily. The studio was now a fashion design studio. I went inside and asked but the staff didn’t know where he’d gone. I eventually found him on Facebook when I got home so hope he is well?
It’s perhaps no surprise he has gone as the area is undergoing a process of gentrification.
I’d already noticed the refurbished buildings next to the derelict church on Savičiaus g.
Then as I turned the corner and walked up Bokšto g. towards the old artillery bastion (basteja) I saw new walls rising above the old ones.
A few years ago I enjoyed visiting “A taste of Lithuania” (Lietuviškas Skonis) just off the cathedral square near the Amberton Hotel on Odminių g.
It was a family run cafe bar which made very nice fresh food, provided free wi-fi and sold some nice souvenirs. (See my earlier post on it). They also had a shop at Vilnius airport for a while.
Whether it will still be there next time I visit is anyone’s guess.
The BBC film used Gediminas Castle and Vilnius University for some of the scenes although they seemed to use Latvia and St Petersburg more.