Man patinka Lietuva

I like Lithuania – a visitor's point of view


A splash of colour in the relentless rain

As a Lancastrian I’m used to the rain, the murkiness and the ever-present dampness that served the cotton industry so well. I’m just not used to it in Lithuania!

Give me cold, snow and ice any day but not the relentless rain my colleague and I endured on our last visit.

Amongst it all however I noticed that the brightly coloured seats were still present on Gedimino (now bright red and without sponsorship) and also at the VCUP (Vilniaus Centrinė Universalinė Parduotuvė) shopping centre, where they had been relocated from the terrace.

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Nice to see the Happy seats are still there. They brightened up my day!

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Happy seats lose sponsorship

When I first saw these seats on Gedimino Avenue they were bright yellow; then they were covered in sponsors’ labels and painted a mix of bright colours. Now they are just bright red. Are they happier now?DSC00200

And then a couple of days later I saw these brightly covered seats on the lower terrace at the VCup shopping centre on Konstitucijos pr.. Vilnius seems to like happy seats.DSC00341


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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.