Middle Eastern Europe
Trip Start Mar 19, 2009
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It's a tiny city 40 mins by bus from Vilnuis, the capital of Lithuania. It boasts two castles - one in ruins, one literally made me say 'oh wow.' The population is tiny, surely they could just about share one castle between two.
The castle is on an island, only accesible by footbridge over this HUGE lake, which was frozen solid. I actually saw a man walking out into the middle of it, hammering a hole and fishing through it!!!! Had a wander through the castle, totally beautiful. The thing that made this one different was that there were loads of rooms, but they were all small and no high ceilings. Guess it's a heat trapping thing.
This beautiful little city is also bizzarely home to this really rare religion/cult - Karaiam
Hit another old town, Vilnuis in the afternoon. Was nice. Cobbled, uneven, hell-for-people-with-disabilities streets, ornate churches, colourful old buildings, wrinkling and slightly grumpy postcard sellers etc.