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Aug
28
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Minsk – A few words

Minsk – A few words There are two striking things you will notice about Minsk and the first one is the very obvious Stalinist style architectecture. In fact if you exit either the railway station or the man bus station you will be astounded by the two neo-classical Stalinist style building that greets you directly across the street. For almost obvious reasons they are known as the...
Aug
27
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Next stop Minsk

Next stop Minsk It was time to leave Vilnius for Minsk. Even with a visa I was full of trepidation as a Belarus visa is one of the most challenging to get. I made my way to the station where there is a sort of check in for overseas trian journeys. I held my breath when they looked at my passport,  but it was swiftly returned to me and I made my way to the platform, basically thinking...
Aug
26
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Vilnius Old Town – Check out the souvenirs!

Vilnius Old Town – Check out the souvenirs! Vilnius Old Town has some great souvenir shops, especially if you check out the main street which is called Pilies Street (Cathedral street).So a few words about the Old Town as my time in Vilnius was drawing to a close. Vilnius Old Town is one of the largest surviving medieval towns in the world It occupies ann area of 887 acrea comprising of  70 streets and lanes, with...
Aug
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Vilnius free walking tour – worth the price!

Vilnius free walking tour – worth the price! Firstly thank to our guide (sorry name escapes me) who gave us a simply riveting two hour tour. Like the other Baltic capitals of Tallin and Riga Vilnius also has its own free tour. Look out for the lady with the small yellow suitcase. The tour starts in the main square just outside the town hall at 12pm and takes place on a daily basis come rain or shine. The tour...
Aug
25
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Vilnius Churches – Just a few

Vilnius Churches – Just a few Ok I promise to make this brief but as you are going to come across a lot of churches I thought I would make this easy and at least identify a few of them that I came across. So leaving out Vilnius cathedral and St. Annes which was already mentioned in previous posts lets get started with the Church of Archangel Michael. It was built between 1594-1597 and was initially...
Aug
24
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The Vilnius egg – a very curious monument.

The Vilnius egg – a very curious monument. This 300 kg statue of an egg stands on the corner Šv Stepono & Raugyklos gatvė. Other than it being a very curious statue I wasn’t aware fo what it stood for at the time. Since then I have discovered that this large egg once stood on the main square in Uzupio until in 2002 it apparently hatched the Archangel Gabriel and was moved to its current position on a...
Aug
24
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The Three Muses – Quite spooky!

The Three Muses – Quite spooky! Frankly I found the sculpture of the three muses rather spooky. You can find these rather curious sculptures at the entrance to the National Drama Theatre of Vilnius at Gedimino Prospektas 4,  a few minutes away from Cathedral Square. They were sculpted by Stanislovas Kuzma and although there were in fact nine muses these three appropriately represent the building they...
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