We found the people of Vilnius very hospitable and it was probably also the cheapest of the three capitals we visited, so no wonder that Vilnius became our little favorite. Lets see how soon all that will change when the hordes of tourists move on from Tallinn and Riga.
We just stayed one night however, before we rented a car and headed north again on practically empty roads towards Riga, the Latvian capital. On the way to Riga we visited a pilgrimage site called The Hill of Crosses
and it was a pleasant change, if not an oasis, from an extremely monotonous five hour road trip.
Out of the three capitals we visited during this trip, I probably expected the least from Vilnius. In fact I think I dreamt of no more than tractors and donkey carts roaming the streets on a grey snowless December day. That just shows how ignorant I can be at times. From a touristy point of view, it is probably the city that receive the lowest number of visitors out of the three Baltic capitals. It is also a small city (although slightly bigger than Tallinn in population), so again I must say how surprised I was to find the city so modern and sophisticated. In addition to many designer shops, we found lots of great restaurants and hip bars hidden around in the old town amongst a ton of churches and beautiful buildings in different architectural styles.