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I like Lithuania – a visitor's point of view


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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Health warnings about drinking alcohol

DSCF1470You’ll see this sign warning of the dangers of drinking alcohol and its effect on your health, family, and the community at large in the La Boheme restaurant on Sv. Ignoto g. in Vilnius. Perhaps appropriately given their extensive wine list!

La Boheme is one of my favourite places since I was introduced to it by colleagues at Vilnius University. It’s an economically priced eating place offering good customer service and is popular with families and birthday celebrants as well as a place to eat before you go out clubbing.

It opened in 2008 on the site of a Jesuit church and with its vaulted ceilings and “shabby chic” appearance with friendly staff has a good atmosphere.

One thing you might notice is empty wine bottles on empty tables. It’s how they show reservations with a note of the time stuck in the bottle. If you haven’t got one you can sometimes get a table if you promise to leave before the reservation time.

P1000770But back to the health warning; for those of you are more visual you might appreciate this to be found on the wall in Uzupis not far from the angel.