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Laimonas informed us that our walk around the Old Town yesterday with him was actually a bit over 17 kms, strewth, no wonder we were a bit tired last night!! AM - Found our way into the Old Town after a late start, Lana gave the girls a toy koala & kangaroo at breakfast time. After a cold drink, we headed into the Dukes Palace to check out the museum. Actually the Dukes Palace is a reconstruction of the original Palace that stood on that ...
... and frustrating day alternately crying and abusing the hostel's WiFi on a series of Skype calls that kept cutting out, trying to reach family members and book last minute flights and have a futile argument with the *******s at my insurance company who have decided that my trip interruption isn't covered because a grandparent doesn't count as "immediate" family. Rotten scoundrels, the lot of them.
Last night in Vilnius
By dinnertime, I'd been on the phones ...
... you go, though. The entrance cost was 6 Lithuanian Litas, which equates to barely over £1 in English money.
I spent the afternoon strolling around the city. First I went past a prison that looks a lot like a cathedral. It was marked on the map as something to check out, but while there was no obvious threat, I didn't feel good on that street. I can't identify what it was specifically, but something on didn't feel right, so I made hasty progress along to the houses ...
... a lock, engrave their names on the side of the lock and go to a bridge or a bridge where this is traditionally done and place the lock on the bridge. Then they throw the key over their shoulder into the river below. (This tradition said to come from Italy) The idea is that they throw away the key to ensure that they will stay together. According to the guide this system does not work too well is the divorce rate of Lithuania is just as high as in other countries
... Teutonic Knights of Germany tried converting them a lot too. They even built forts and castle across the river from Lithuania and both sides scurried back and forth fighting and burning down each other's castles. So Lithuania has a history of Grand Dukes being in charge of the Grand Dutchy of Lithuania until they became Christian and then they had some Kings ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free parking
- Pets allowed