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It was my first visit to a country of the former Soviet Union. I was in Moscow a few years ago, true, but that is still Russia. I did not know exactly what to expect, what the city was waiting for me, what atmosphere.

Leaving the airport I had a bad impression, I must be honest. There was an old taxi waiting for me, those cars half destroyed, with the steering in fur and the driver who doesn't speak a word of English. He, the driver, drove me to the  center throuh old, it seems, neighborhoods made of tall gray buildings never restored. When we arrived to the center everything changed.

Gedimino prospektas
A beautiful city, modern, clean, tidy and welcoming. Nothing to do with what I left in suburbs.

The Atrium Hotel (http://www.atrium.lt) is located in Pilies str., a nice street that drives you from Rotuses aikste (square) to Katedros aikste; the heart of the old town, a perfect location. From there you can walk to all the stategic points of the city. The wonderful withe St Stanislaus and St Vladislav Cathedral,built on a big withe square protected by a Gedimino's statue, Gedimino prospektas, most famuos commercial street in the city, heart of business and politic, and Gedimino Hill, a very nice green park where, on the top you can visit the Castle museum and enjoy a wonderful view of the city over the river Neris.

Other beautiful sites you must visit in Vilnius are the Churc of St Peter and St Paul, Kalnu Park and the Hill of the Three Crosses (Kreivasis), a reconstruction of the wood crosses, removed by soviets, where was killed a group of monks in 17th century, and, of course, Uzupio Res Publika, the ubeliveble indipendent republic in the city of Vilnius.

Museum of Genocide Victims - Jails
Yes, indipendent republic. Called artists republic, Uzupio has his own president, government,  and military organization...... all this in few thousands of square meters. A visit in Uzupio is a must!!!

But what I can't really forget is the visit to the Museum of Genocide. The Museum was funded just after the Soviet occupation, in 1992, in the same building where KGB had headquarter. The museum shows the history of the genocide against the Lithuanian people during the occupation. Thi site was used from KGB as prison for deportees an inside you can still see, in the original set, how was organized the terrible persecution. Jails, execution room (you can still see the blood on wall), officies and a wonderful collection of objects and original pics. Mandatory to visit!!!!

People in Vilnius seems to be very gentle. Any problem in any situation. Food is veeeeeery good ant lithuanian beer (Sviturys) is great!

I think I'll back soon!

 

Blackpearl1 says:
I had the same experience in Vilnius, beautiful city, very clean and well- orginzed;) spent only a day and a night there but really liked it. Perhaps stops included will be Kleipeda as well if you are staying longer, on the coast;) amazingly but very friendly people!
Posted on: Jun 21, 2010
tonygiglio says:
Yes, you should! And I think they should visit your country!
Posted on: Jun 16, 2010
Glamour88 says:
I am looking at going to Lithuania later on in the year, reading this blog and seeing the pictures has made me even more determined to go!
Posted on: Jun 06, 2010
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Cathedral
Cathedral
Gedimino prospektas
Gedimino prospektas
Museum of Genocide Victims - Jails
Museum of Genocide Victims - Jails
Castle museum
Castle museum
The teater
The teater
Suburbs
Suburbs
Uzupio Res Publica
Uzupio Res Publica
Cathedral
Cathedral
Gedimino
Gedimino
Cathedral
Cathedral
Gedimino prospektas
Gedimino prospektas
Cathedral
Cathedral
Bell tower
Bell tower
Restaurants signboard
Restaurant's signboard
Panorama from Catle Hill
Panorama from Catle Hill
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
St. Anne
St. Anne
St. Anne
St. Anne
St. Anne
St. Anne
St. Anne
St. Anne
St. Anne
St. Anne
Gedimino prospektas
Gedimino prospektas
Pilies street
Pilies street
Presidential Palace
Presidential Palace
Lokys
Lokys
Three crosses hill
Three crosses hill
Panorama from Three crosses hill
Panorama from Three crosses hill
Church of St Peter and St Paul
Church of St Peter and St Paul
Republic of Užupio
Republic of Užupio
Republic of Užupio
Republic of Užupio
Sviturys beer in Užupio
Sviturys beer in Užupio
Gates of Dawn
Gates of Dawn
Genocide Victims’ Museum
Genocide Victims’ Museum
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Genocide Victims’ Museum - Russ…
Genocide Victims’ Museum - The g…
Genocide Victims’ Museum - The …
Genocide Victims’ Museum - Jail
Genocide Victims’ Museum - Jail
Genocide Victims’ Museum - Execu…
Genocide Victims’ Museum - Exec…
Genocide Victims’ Museum - Offic…
Genocide Victims’ Museum - Offi…
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