Embassy Hotel Balatonas
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... views of the city, the displays inside informed us of the human chain that began (or ended) at the tower in 1989 and stretched all the way through Estonia and Latvia - 2 million people of the Baltic countries expressing the wish for independence (they were then part of the Soviet Union) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltic_ Way.
At the top of the tower, we met a father and daughter from Switzerland who informed us that there was a free walking tour of the ...
... stop on the walking tour.
- There's an area which jokingly refers to itself as a republic, with it's own constitution, mostly concerning the rights of cats and dogs.
- The city likes to celebrate art and does so overtly. This is a good thing.
- Views from the castle are awesome.
- Walking up to the castle is not so awesome.
- Cathedrals look better in white.
- After 36 hours, that shower felt so good.
There. Done. Happy?
We have arrived in Vilnius, and are staying in our first proper hostel with a self catering kitchen, so celebrated by going to a market, pointing at various vegetables, holding up our fingers to indicate how many, and then having a calculator held up to us to show us the price. With the help of a customer we also found split peas for sale, tho only in a packet weighing 800g, rather more than we need.
But first, Kaunas.
We had a great day yesterday, ...
... could before the bus back to Vilnius. I headed east across the bridge and followed a walking track. I passed an old stone age hill fort, one of several in the area. Given how beautiful the lakes are, it wouldn't be surprising if the ancient Lithuanians held some special significance to their waters. I walked across the countryside for a while before heading back to town. I then quickly headed through the ruins of the peninsular castle. There isn't much left of this castle except for ...
... victory--assisted by Poland--over the Teutonic Knights at the Battle of Grunwald in 1410. The second floor dealt with life at Trakai Castle after Vytautus the Great through the 19th c via various displays. It was informative but you had a sense the ultimate grandeur of the place was gone.
The third floor was a short display on the archaeological reconstruction of the castle. Down a spiral staircase completed the core tour.
It was 1330 and we ...