The BBC film used Gediminas Castle and Vilnius University for some of the scenes although they seemed to use Latvia and St Petersburg more.
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”
The Hill of Three Crosses in autumn
Anyway, we spent six days in the city…
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We’ve presented at a couple of conferences (for the ICF and Vilnius University) and a breakfast seminar for the British Chamber of Commerce in Vilnius.
We’ve also collaborated with PK, a consultancy in Kaunas.
If you’re interested in what we’ve done click on this link here: SGA-LithExp2014
Surely one of the most beautiful universities anywhere in the world. On my last visit to the university I took the opportunity to wander around and take some photos on what was a beautiful day.
Tourists mixed with the students on the site and there was a real buzz around the place as the “freshers” were still getting used to the university.
I saw a group of students dressed rather unusually in yellow t-shirts and with faces painted being led up Pilis gt by a number of other conventionally dressed students.
My friend and colleague Renata informed me that this was “baptism” for new students to welcome them to the university (or I think that is what she said but I may have misinterpreted the word).
Anyway, they seemed to be in a boisterous mood and fully entering into the tradition of the university ( a bit different from…
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This is the view of the castle (through a telephoto lens) from the Vilnius University bell-tower which is part of the church of St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist (Šv. Jonų bažnyčia).
You can get into the tower either from the university or by a gate on Šv. Jono g..
The tower is the tallest building in the Old Town at 68 m and the 360 view over the city is stunning (on a fine day; when it rains not so much).
On the lower panoramic photo you can just see the Hill of Three Crosses and how heavily wooded the city is.