Mar 13, 2007
Aug 10, 2007
From Vilnius I took a short daytrip by bus to Trakai, a small town with a beautiful castle situated on a small island in one of the lakes that surrounds it. The town is also known for a unique ethnic and religious group called the Karaites, people who trace their origins to Baghdad in the 800s, practice a religion that's mostly Judaist but includes some Moslem traditions, and whose ancestors got to Lithuania by way of the Crimea through being enslaved by a Lithuanian king around 1400 to serve as bodyguards. That's all intriguingly odd; however, the culinary choices at their restaurant weren't quite as unique, and I had a beetroot soup and a couple lamb and onion filled pasties.