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Day 14

Latvia to Lithuania

overcast 5 °C

It was always going to be tricky as some of us do not do early mornings, but in spite of me setting my alarm wrong and having to speed up to be done before Keith drags himself into the bathroom complaining about the hour,we made it up, breakfasted and to Daugavpils station by 0820 yesterday in time for the morning train to Vilnius. For obscure railway reasons, trains only come into and out of Vilnius station from a distance at weekends, so that was why we had to visit Daugavpils...in order to get a train on a Saturday. It’s all Byelorussia’s fault...it’s in the way between Latvia and Estonia and you need a visa to cross it. It’s possible to get in and out of Vilnius by bus at any time, but trains are Keith’s preferred option ( and I didn’t in times past cope well with long bus journeys so he’s avoided them). So that’s why we were on a slow train to Vilnius early in the morning. Vilnius station is lovely...not quite as beautiful as Helsinki, but not bad at all,
Vilnius Staion

Vilnius Staion


However, it was such a different ‘feel’ to the train from yesterday...on this train, people talked, laughed, smiled - the atmosphere felt lighter, less threatening ( Keith still reckons I’m mad to think this).
Gates of Dawn

Gates of Dawn


Arrived in Vilnius in light drizzle and after a few false starts, found our lovely hotel just near the Gates of Dawn. Exploring is easy, it’s a lovely place to walk and not too crowded. Still not as charming as Tallinn but that’s mainly that the buildings are later and Baroque so much grander but not as pretty. I felt compelled to investigate as many Amber shops as possible before making a decision...so that was fun!
Cathedral Square

Cathedral Square


Eating out was great too...very dumpling-y so substantial and tasty fare! We’re not far from the town market at the hotel, so before embarking on a marathon train journey to Bialystok ( change to a Polish train at Kaunas), we’ll visit it to find something to eat tonight as we won’t be in until gone 9pm!

Posted by nanny0gg 01:25 Archived in Lithuania

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