Man patinka Lietuva

I like Lithuania – a visitor's point of view

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Is it a bird? is it a plane? No – it’s a police drone in Vilnius

P1000518I posted a while ago about watching the mounted police practising in front of the old Town Hall in Vilnius.

Going through some old memory cards I found this video clip of the same event but in this one we were being watched by a police drone.

P1000507 - Version 2First there was a humming/buzzing sound then it suddenly shot out from behind the buildings alongside the square. As it hovered I got a better shot and you can clearly see the police markings. Then we spotted the operator working from a van near the Town Hall steps.

Were they getting a birds-eye view to improve their choreography? were they practising crowd surveillance? Or were they just playing with their new toy? Who knows?

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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.