Man patinka Lietuva

I like Lithuania – a visitor's point of view


And did those feet …. 25 years ago

DSC00066Walking to the end of Gedimino pr towards the cathedral you cross the road and the cathedral bell tower is on your right.DSC00323_copy

Look down and you will see this pair of footprints. They weren’t there last year so I asked the helpful staff from the National Museum who look after the bell-tower visitors what they represented.

They were put there to mark the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way, the 2 million strong human chain which stretched from Vilnius to Tallinn on August 23rd 1989.

Lithuania has come a long way in those 25 years and it started here.

I’ve blogged about the Baltic way before and my colleague has also done a piece about this too here.

And without giving too much away it’s not too far from the Stebuklas MiracleTile


A2 Highway near Vilnius

CNV00009This picture was  taken near Le Meridien Villon (now Le Meridien Vilnius) hotel close to sunset.

P1000501The road runs from Vilnius, through Ukmerge (famous for the song about the plumber) heading towards Latvia.

It was part of the route of the Baltic Way when a 2 million strong, 600 km, human chain joined hands for 15 minutes to connect the three Baltic capitals of Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn.

It was a peaceful protest on 23 August 1989 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi German which divided Eastern Europe into spheres of influence and which led to the occupation of the Baltic states.