Old Town in Vilnius
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This has to be a pretty quick wander around a new town! We all have to be back in Warsaw tomorrow and don't want to get home too late. So, we got up before 9 (not that easy since we had the combination of the change to daylight savings time and a time zone change, so it was like two hours earlier than usual) and had breakfast in the hotel. The breakfast buffet at the Holiday Inn in Vilnius was good, just about anything you could want for breakfast - not like one of those enormous breakfast or brunch buffets, but more than sufficient to get us off to a good start. After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and headed for the car. We drove to the center of the old town and found a place to park - not too hard, being a Sunday.
Our first stop was the Cathedral. It's an impressive building, and according to my guidebook, it's considered a masterpiece of Classicism. The belltower in front of the cathedral is also a nice sight. We walked into the Cathedral to take a look. Mass was going on, so we couldn't really take a lot of pictures and wander around. We listened to the service a little. No matter what the language, you can always tell more or less what's going on. After a few minutes we walked out again. There are some nice statues of three Saints on the Cathedral façade. They are Saints Casimir, Helen and Stanislav.
Soon I saw another church I wanted to check out. The Dominican Church of the Holy Spirit, which is a fine example of late Baroque architecture. The inside has a million things to see, in Rococo style. With tons of gold and porcelain sculptures, it is one of the most valuable church interiors in Lithuania.
We managed to see a number of churches and historic buildings, including the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas. This was an interesting one for me, I'd never seen a Russian Orthodox service. The priest was singing the prayers and had an incredible voice.
Eventually, after walking all over and seeing too much to remember, we had to get in the car and head home.
The drive home was pretty uneventful. A stop for gasolina and lunch at a roadside inn. Shortly before reaching the Polish / Lithuanian border I glanced up a knoll and saw a sort of military monument. I'm not too sure what it was about since there weren't any plaques or anything, but it was an interesting stop and a good chance to stretch out after sitting in the car for a while.