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This is how Vilnius looked like to us.
Flybussen from the door to the airport Finnair flight at 1100 to Helsinki, then at 1615 to Vilnius, arriving 1730 Private car transfer to hotel - Hotel Artis - very nice & good location A short walk to an area where there were lots of restaurants - a bit touristy but we had a good reasonable meal (a relief after Norway) in a tavern where the basement was a real rabbit warren!
... The old town was walled but only one small remnant remains & it has about 50+ churches within the old city. Luckily we only saw about 6 in the end. Lithuania was the last place in Europe to become Christian in the 13th century having been invaded by the Teutonic Knights from Germany with limited success. The eventual conversion owed more to the Poles so that the predominant religion is RC although the periods of Russian domination have left some ...
... bus. I am even the proud new owner of an Ecolines loyalty card!
So a quick summary of our trip this weekend:
Riga - Vilnius: 4 hours
Vilnius - Druskininkai: 2 hours
Druskininkai - Vilnius: 2 hours
Vilnius - Kaunas: 2 hours (by train!!)
Kaunas - Riga: 4 hours
And in between we saw some sights.
The passivest couchsurfer on the planet
Always minding our budget, we decided to couchsurf in Vilnius. Besides a free place to ...
... solstice. Among the pines we found an area of old forest that has a huge cormorant and grey heron colony. There are almost 4000 cormorants and about 400 herons in the area and they were interesting to watch from the lookout tower. They nest high up in the old dead trees, and the noise and smell reminded us of the gannet colony at Muriwai.
Our next port of call was the legendary Hill of Crosses near ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service