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The castle in Vilnius is always worth a visit

I’ve visited the castle several times to see its interior exhibitions as well as admire the views from the top.

Last time I went I had a quick look inside to see if there was anything new (there wasn’t but they could do with an English-speaking guide or a translated brochure). Then I wandered around outside and admired the views of the Three Crosses, the river Neris and views over the city from Gediminas’s Tower.

Again I was reminded how green this city really is. You don’t have to walk far from the city centre to find a park.

Last time I posted I remarked on how the trees on the outskirts of the castle had been removed. Presumably a nod to historical accuracy. They also removed the pantiled  roof from the building at the side of the tower, presumably for the same reason.

You can see both these features in a photo (above) I shot on one of my earlier visits in 2013.

A year later they had stripped the trees, re-turfed the hillside and removed the roofing tiles and shelter roof (See Here).

So here are my latest pictures – in no particular order – taken in and around the castle.

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Tastes change in Vilnius

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.

Last year when I went it was nowhere to be seen. Now there is a spa and massage parlour in its place.

Whether it will still be there next time I visit is anyone’s guess.


I’m just singing in the rain…………… Vilnius (or six days of virtual non stop inclement weather)

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At the beginning of October I returned to Vilnius with my friend and colleague Mike (who had not visited for a couple of years because of illness) and we were both looking forward to visiting some of our old haunts, including Bistro 18, the Kitchen and the finest steak house in the city Markus ir Ko. In the latters case I have to report that although the food is still as good the, customer service still leaves a lot to be desired. I think it is something to do with it being a “pub” atmosphere and all male staff (an occasional smile wouldn’t go amiss). There is however, on selected night an excellent jazz pianist who is extremely talented and on the last visit did a magnificent improvisation on Billy Strayhorns “Take the A Train”

IMGP2157.jpg The Hill of Three Crosses in autumn

Anyway, we spent six days in the city…

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Vilnius re-visted…………..

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After a gap of eighteen months I made my thirty something trip back to Vilnius in April 2016. I had been invited to do a presentation to the HR Group at the Danish Chamber of Commerce (thank you Finn for your excellent hospitality) and decided to stay a few extra days to see old friends and colleagues from Vilnius University as well as visiting some of my favourite haunts in the city.

Of course my first port of call after arriving in Vilnius in the early evening was a walk around Cathedral Square to take in the majesty of Vilniaus Šv. Stanislovo ir Šv. Vladislovo Arkikatedra Bazilika (perhaps better known as “the white cathedral”).

Over the next few days I walked to the castle on the hill, to get some wonderful photographs across the city and looking along the River Neris, did a tour of what were the Jewish ghetto’s in…

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The “Met” go wild in Vilnius……………..

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View of Vilnius from the Castle View of Vilnius from the Castle

As a lover of Lithuania, its people and its culture I often despair when I read the British newspapers and see stories of Lithuanians who have been convicted of a variety of criminal offences, everything from petty theft, brewing illegal “hooch” to serious cases of murder. It gives a distorted view of a wonderful country and an unwarranted reputation.

Well, it seems that we here in the UK are capable of shipping some of our miscreants in the other direction, given the report below. It is bad enough that they were British, but even worse they were police officers………….word fail me.

Seven police officers have been arrested while on holiday in Lithuania following a brawl. Scotland Yard said the Metropolitan Police officers were detained in Vilnius, the country’s capital, and are under investigation.

The Sun newspaper reported the men were in Lithuania for a stag…

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