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I like Lithuania – a visitor's point of view


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Free Speech in Vilnius

DSC01354Lithuanians are used to peaceful protests eg the Baltic Way.

P1010459This rally or protest in cathedral square was less grim. It was organised by a pro-family organisation who were protesting (I think) about the new adoption laws.

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It was a colourful sight on a hot Summer’s day with music to round things off.DSC01390DSC01383DSC01368


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Derelict Church in Vilnius

P1010307 - Version 2I’d walked up Pilies g. until it turned into Didžioji g. and I came to the fountain at the bottom of the Town Hall Square (Rotušės aikštė). Then I decided to go to the left for a change onto Savičiaus g.

P1010306I realised that this was where the famous composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911) had lived and where his house is now a museum. I didn’t want to do a museum just then and I’d spotted a church tower.

When I got there I realised it was derelict although workmen were repairing the roof on the building next door. There are many churches in Vilnius but I wondered why this one had fallen into disuse. I couldn’t see the name of the church on the building or on my map.

I took a couple of photographs but it was when I was on that street again in the evening heading for the bastion that I took this picture.

The building seems to glow in the evening Summer sunlight.