Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius
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Today is Tuesday, July 2nd. We arrived in Vilnius, Lithuania and were met by a Tauck representative. When we got on the bus leaving the airport to our hotel, we were joined by fourteen couples who also arrived one day earlier than the scheduled tour. I thought one woman looked very familiar. Bob laughed and said that I think the whole world is …
... river, a warning if you fail to stick to the speed limit! Just across the bridge is the parliament, which also doubles up as a pub! Can't help but feel this would be a great idea in England, save money on the maintenance costs of Parliament by using a Wetherspoons instead, and help keep beer duty down as the politicians would be drinking so much themselves! It is also possible to become an ambassador for the Republic, of just about anything (sunglasses was ...
... loud noise*
4:35 Nona takes a shower and gets dressed
4:45 N: "So.. I'm gonna go... See you in about two years in China!"
J: "Cool! See ya! I'm going back to bed..."
Which left me all by my lonesome in a big big hostel room in Vilnius. So after continuing my cat nap for a couple of hours, I breakfasted on some left-over Soviet muesli, left my backpack at ...
... city center area and went to a bar called Alaus Namai, got ourselves a table at the packed center, and ate, of course, kepta duono. Now the bar scene was great, considering it was "the end of the world" at midnight and all. Lithuanians really like playing The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, I hear it constantly. Is it because Anthony Kedis is Lithuanian? Probably not as Bob Dylan is Lithuanian and I never hear him played. There was a group of young men at the table ajoining us ...
Of the three Baltic capitals we spent the least amount of time in Vilnius. This was partly because we hadn't had as many recommendations as the other two cities, and partly because we decided as we travelled through this section that we wanted to spend more time in Poland than we had originally planned. So while it was brief, it was enough to explore the city and do the things we wanted to do ...