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slots22

A Recommendation for Lithuania

by slots22 »

 I have dined in London, Copenhagen, Paris, St. Petersburg, Dublin, Prague, and of course New York, and -- Lithuanian high cuisine alone is worth the trip.  I would recommend staying at the hotel "Congress" (in Lithuanian, Kongresas), especially to someone going to Vilnius.  The Lith. Performing Arts Center is just a few blocks away.  Believe it or not, it's as big as Lincoln Center -- all multi-levelled, fountains, etc.  -- and stages splendid productions of operas and ballets.  Because the Lithuanians are well aware of the language barrier, their productions are delightful both in sheer musical beauty and in fancy-schmancy beautiful visuals, so they can be enjoyed without knowing the language.


Where to find Lithuanian high cuisine?  All over, but I especially recommend the hotel Congress's own restaurant.  Unforgettable.


Historically, of course, Vilnius was the center of Jewish culture.  When I was last there four years ago, work was underway to restore the Great Central Temple.  The smaller Jewish temple, a gem known as the "choral synagogue," had not been lost.
Vilnius is a "World Heritage Site" under UNESCO, for good reason.

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ameliab

RE: A Recommendation for Lithuania

by ameliab »

 

I,too, really enjoyed Lithuania!    Graffiti  covered Vilnius has a few old churches in the downtown area. But the high light is a small park that contains the monument and bronze bust of Frank Zappa, the leader of the 60's rock group The Mothers of Invention. They never performed in Lithuania, After the fall of Communism in the 90's and as a reaction to decadent Western music, students from the university had the city fathers erect the monument.         The second "odd" suggestion I'd have for visitors would be a side trip to Kaunas, the old capital.  Visit  the beautiful  4 th Century moated Trakai Castle.   The highlight of a trip would be a visit to the Devils' Museum, a collection of 2000 devils of all shapes,sizes, colors and materials. It is the largest collection of devil dolls in a single place in the world.
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warlord

RE: A Recommendation for Lithuania

by warlord »

  Vilnius was a fun city to visit.  I found it much more entertaining than I had anticipated.  There are a number of decent hotels just on the outside of Old Town that are easy to get to from the bus station and from the airport (I even walked from my hotel to the airport) which is a lot nicer than other cities where the airport is located many miles away and not connected easily by rail and you need to rely on some confusing bus or even worse, rip off taxi airport scams.

  Next time I would like to try Kaunus as a girl I knew here was from there and she raved about her hometown (then again, I can't think of any Eastern European that hasn't raved to me about their hometowns).

  But yes, Lithuania is a nice country to see and I enjoyed it more than other places I have gone.  One of the big draws was how much cheaper it is compared to Latvia and Estonia, that was a much welcome sight...

  

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Susierube

RE: A Recommendation for Lithuania

by Susierube »

I am starting in Tallinn, Estonia for one week.  I am flying back to SF from Vilnius.  I have about 8 days.  I am not interested in Latvia.  Any suggestions?  I was thinking of flying from Tallinn to Warsaw and then taking a train to Vilnius.

 

Thanks

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warlord

RE: A Recommendation for Lithuania

by warlord »

  The problem with that is most the trains (if not all) from Warsaw to Vilnius will go through Belarus and you will need a special transit visa to enter even if you don't even have to leave the train.  This can be expensive especially if you don't have the proper visa before hand and need to bribe the officials at the border.

  It would be better to just fly from Warsaw to Vilnius instead.  Or just take the Lux Express buses in Estonia to Pärnu or Tartu (or both) and then just take another bus to Vilnius.  You will have to go through Latvia, but you won't have to stop (pretty sure Lux Express has buses direct to Vilnius).  May need to check the webpage though...

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wanderlust-luyoutravel

RE: A Recommendation for Lithuania

by wanderlust-luyoutravel »

I'm not sure why you aren't interested in visiting Latvia at all. I went to Riga for a weekend to visit the city and their Christmas market and it was wonderful. People were friendly (much more so than in Vilnius) and the Old Town was very large.I talked about the city extensively on blog here http://luyoutravel.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-weekend-trip-to-riga-latvia.html

Lithuania also has a great many places to see and the food is pretty good (I'm an expat living in Vilnius right now). The tourist guides are pretty good/accurate for places to see, whoever I'd avoid eating at most of the restaurants on Piles street. The food isn't really more expensive than other places, however it just isn't as good as other stops. I've made a list of restaurants here http://luyoutravel.blogspot.com/2013/09/eating-out-vilnius-lithuania.htmland shops here http://luyoutravel.blogspot.com/2013/11/holiday-and-souvenir-shopping.html.

Flights and buses are pretty cheap traveling between cities so that should be no problem. If you happen to be taking the bus or train into Vilnius just be aware of yourself as the bus/train station area is not the greatest in the city.

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warlord

RE: A Recommendation for Lithuania

by warlord »

  Maybe it's because of price considering how much the LAT is.  Not a cheap country at all compared to Lithuania at least.  Estonia is in the middle, but my experience of 4 days all over Riga and surrounding areas was it was expensive with the conversion compared to most if not all other countries in the area.  Just a guess, that would be the only reason I could see someone wanting to skip it.

  As for Latvia itself, I really liked it there, and Riga was a large enough city with lots of fun and interesting places to see (outside of the center) to the outskirts.  I didn't find them any more friendly than those in Estonia though, they were roughly equal in my experience...

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RE: A Recommendation for Lithuania

by ekaloci3 »

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RE: A Recommendation for Lithuania

by Johnexplo »

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