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I like Lithuania – a visitor's point of view

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Business District in Vilnius

P1000375This is my favourite view of the new business district taken on one of my earlier visits in 2009.

Walking across the white pedestrian bridge (Baltasis tiltas) over the River Neris to Upes see the VCUP (Vilnius Central Department Store) on the right (the old cooperative store in soviet times) and Hotel Lietuva (now a Radisson hotel) famous for its Sky Bar, casino and Riverside restaurant centre left. (Rumour has it that it was a favourite meeting place for soviet big-wigs, local mafya, and call girls before independence).

P1000377You can see the Europa Centre in the centre background further back on Konstitucijos pr.and various office blocks housing banks and IT centres. Halfway across the bridge is Mambo Pizza close to the Summer sports areas and the skateboard park.

P1000378You can also see to the left a sculpture of the logo for European Capital of Culture.

P1000233New buildings have sprung up since then to add to the skyline and there is now the Ray-Spear sculpture (Spindulys-ietis) piercing the bridge.

This was created by K. Vildžiūnas and M. Lukošius in 2010 and is part of the project ‘Signs of Vilnius’ (Vilniaus Zenklai) dedicated to the capital city.

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Stoned in Vilnius

P1000479They seem to like stone things in Lithuania. The boulder decorated with vegetation is on the corner  of Šnipiškiu g.and Upes g. with seats nearby so you can sit and contemplate the meaning of life – or just watch the world go by.

There is now a plaque on the wall nearby explaining that it is a memorial to Monsignor Kazimieras Vasiliauskas (1922-2001).DSC00970P1000478










The second boulder (bottom) on wheels with a hook is at the opposite end of Bernardiniu g. from Pilies g. opposite St Anne’s church.

I don’t know what it is and the locals don’t seem to know either. It looks like a giant fish-hook on wheels!