I love exploring the architecture and character of places. Here are some photos of the old city of Vilnius Lithuania. I have a lot of photos here and pretty much maxed out what I dare to do on any one web page. (I am finally posting these in 2017 but I took them in 2014.) These photos were taken over several days.
To give you an idea of where I was and where my Vilnius photos were taken, here’s a map. The walking path starts at the bus/train station area (you can see the train tracks) to the great hostel (HostelGate), down the main old city tourist street (where I had my first dinner) to the town hall, then continuing through more old city great touring area, past the restored cathedral and Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and museum to the castle ruins. Gedimino is off to the left around the French Embassy. (You’ll see a KFC on the map. It’s in an old building and marks the start of Gedimino.)
The first place Pedro took me to was this building. He said, “look up.” I looked up to see this very large plaque:
Anyone who would choose Lithuania as an enemy has also made an enemy of the United States of America. George W Bush President of the U.S. Vilnius City Hall November 23rd 2002
Vilnius historic center - the old town, has been inscribed upon the world heritage list of the convention on the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage by UNESCO World heritage committee in 1994. Inscription on this list confirms the exceptional universal value of a cultural site which deserves protection for the benefit of all humanity.
Then we walked around the area.
This plaza is chock full of history. I belive I took this and the next photo walking down from the castle tower.
This is across the street from that plaza. A few streets come together. As you can see, it’s a beautiful and happening area.
Now… Standing to the right of the leaning tower on the plaza, on Sventaragio looking at the start of Gedimino. The bookstore/coffeeshop Pedro took me too is on the left and past that is where I bought my SIM card. The street I walk down in the next photos is also to the left.
This is Totoriu gatve (steet) as I walk from Gedimino, a main shopping street, to a CouchSurfing.com get together. Gedimino is a major shopping/eating street full of people. It was a short walk to my destination.
We were meeting at Mano Kiemas at 13 Totoriu gatve.
I’d arrived early, so I walked a short way back down the block to Maxima, a supermarket (see the supermarket on Google maps if you’d like) and picked up a few odd things to eat as a light meal. There would be bar food and a good meal out is always nice as a traveler, but I was also watching my money.