Lithuania

Traditions should be respected. For the third year in a row I have been celebrating my birthday at one of the former Soviet Union member country's capital city. Year ago, I spent awesome birthday in Tallinn (Estonia) and two years ago in Yerevan, Armenia.  It was planned to visit Minsk (Belarus) for this year, but instead of Minsk...
Motel Istros Aviaparkas is among the strangest and definitely the most solitary hotel I have ever stayed. Located some 4 kilometers from town of Panevezys in Lithuania. It was the evening of my 31st birthday and we returned home from our three day trip around Lithuania. Tired. After checking few rural houses in the vicinity we decided...
IKEA store has been opened in Vilnius city already in 2013. This place is very popular among local and neighboring shopping travelers - Belarus and Latvia. There is no surprise seeing shoppers from Belarus here, as Minsk is less than 200km from Vilnius. Latvians? Well they just love shopping in Vilnius. It was my birthday, we were at...
Osteria de Luca is an Italian restaurant located in the Old town of Vilnius, Lithuania. During my latest visit here in August 2016, they served delicious Italian cuisine, I tried a wrapped pizza - intrigue and amazing. I got the feelings they have taken all the best ingredients straight from the Italy. I love Italian cuisine, and...
There are at least three reasons to visit Vilnius - exploring Old Town, city walks and of course architecture. To make your stay more comfortable in Lithuanian capital city, in this article you will find TOP 15 boutique / luxury hotels in the Old Town of Vilnius. Vilnius together with other Baltic capitals is not an expensive city...
I have traveled to Vilnius, Lithuania a lot, for most of the times using Vilnius just as a transit stop. I decided to change this. It was my 31st birthday, and I opted for celebrations in Vilnius (I have a goal - to celebrate my birthday each year in one of the capitals of former Soviet Union's republics, so far I have...
The chances are you will love this narrow street in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania if you are an avid reader, writer or just a true hipster (OK, just joking).  "Literatu street project" - formally name of the project. The wall with mounted artworks - dedications to the literature workers in the Vilnius old town.  Literatų...
The Vilnius TV Tower  is a 326.5 m (1,071 ft) tower in the Karoliniškės microdistrict of Vilnius, Lithuania. It is the tallest structure in Lithuania, and is occupied by the SC Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre. It was my birthday morning when by chance we made a visit to...
Guronys is located on a 7 hectare area and offers rooms and historic, wooden cottages with authentic décor of a Lithuanian village house. It is located on the bank of the lake, 8 km from Vilnius - Kaunas motorway and booking.com says it offers boat and waterbike rental, as well as a waterslide. It was on our second day trip around...
I remember from a trip to Italy, once we were in Florence - we specially searched Michelangelo Square as it promised to give the most stunning views of city. In fact it did - see: Michelangelo Square in Florence, Italy. It was at the start of August (2016) we were on a birthday trip to Vilnius, and our road took us through old...
Right, I actually wanted to write a short review about restaurant Karpyne located in the middle of country, but finding a translation of this place (Kaimo Turizmo Sodyba Karpyne) and browsing trough my cameras viewfinder I did find this is actually a very cool rural tourism site in Lithuania, as it offers not only restaurant, but...
Mastis lake is located in the town of Telšiai, Lithuania. There is a dwelling houses located in the shores of lake Mastis, and seems there is a nice recreational area built closer to the Telsiai city center. View towards lake Mastis Captured from the parking lot of Guesthouse Sinchronas, we stayed here for one night in...
It was on the eve of my birthday (August 2016), and we decided to celebrate it in Vilnius, Lithuania. We took our Honda CRV car, crossed Latvia / Lithuania border through Priekule, made few remarkable stops at places like - St. Michael Archangel Church in Mosėdis, Idol Hill (Alkakalnis) near Salantai, Žemaitė Memorial...
Restaurant 'Porto' near town of Plunge in Lithuania is place were we stopped for about an hour to book a nearby hotel, using restaurants Wi-Fi and of course tried local cuisine.  It turned out that "Porto" is not only a restaurant but hotel as well. Thus, the hotel / restaurant is located next to the highway - it didn't seemed...
If you love rural tourism, you will love this place, which name is really hard to even spell - but here is the name: Žemaitė Memorial Museum, Bukantė Manor Homestead Located in the Zemaitojos national park, district of Plunge, Lithuania. As usually we discovered this place by accident, making our trip to Vilnius, after...
God's path are untraceable, without a strong reason we made our first stop in Lithuania at Mosedis catholic church, then left Mosedis and continued our road just straight (without any directions yet in our minds), when we noticed a road sign "Alka Kalnis 2km" and decided to take that turn and visit ancient Lithuanian pagan ritual...
This church is located in the town of Mosėdis, Lithuania. St. Michael Archangel Church represents late Baroque style. I visited this church in frames of my three days birthday trip across Lithuania (For the third year in a row I have a tradition to greet my birthday abroad in some country's capital, this year it was turn for...
At start of May 2016, we went on a short two day trip to Lithuania, we had no goal or destination planned. Just a spontaneous trip idea. Unfortunetly our car broke somewhere in middle of nowhere (Barta- Rucava road) and we had to stay overnight in Liepaja.  Next morning we booked a rental car and our spontaneous trip started....
Shopping and entertainment center Akropolis in Klaipeda, most probably is the largest shopping venue in the areay. Those of you who have traveled to Vilnius, most probably will recognize this brand. I first discovered Vilnius Akropolis in 2003 or something.  Now it is time to put Akropolis Klaipeda on map. We were returning...
Kavine or cafe Kolibris is located in Lithuanian seaside town of Nida. We paid here a short visit to have a meal. I was not hungry at all this time, so all I tried was just a cup of coffee and milkshake. Girls thus tried some local Lithuanian specialties.  Kavine Kolibris in Nida, Lithuania Soup Some fish soup. I...
Nida is a resort town in Lithuania, the administrative centre of Neringa municipality. Located on the Curonian Spit between the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea, it is the westernmost point of Lithuania and the Baltic states, close to the border with the Russian Kaliningrad...
Juodkrante is a seaside resort town located on Curonian Spit in Lithuania some 20km from Klaipeda. To get on to the Curonian Spit you will need to take a ferry at Smiltyine terminal at first. I was really surprised of different architecture I seen here on Juodkrante and Curonian Spit. I you have ever been close to the Netherlands,...
Klaipėda city is separated from Curonian Spitby Curonian Lagoon. For connection of two shores across the Curonian Lagoon,  Smiltynė Ferry Terminal is operating. Taking a ferry from Klaipėda to Curonian Spit is always full of joy short journey where passengers can smell the Curonian Lagoon, watch the white seagulls and...
Chili Pizza is a popular Lithuanian pizzeria chain. Today we paid a visit to one located in Lithuanian beach town of Palanga.  Chili Pizza in Palanga, Lithuania Located in multi storey building on lively walking street in Palanga, very close to the Sea Bridge, this place serves traditional Lithuanian cuisine, which is...
Sea bridge in Palanga is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Lithuanian beach resort town of Palanga. It reaches into the sea for 407 metres and is shaped in the form of letter L. The pier provides a chance to see the shore from a different perspective while going for a walk, at the same time, it is still opened for small...
Palanga is a nice little beach resort town in Lithuania. The city features a walking street, with many cafes and restaurants, local art and craft and so on. Unfortunately I didn't figure out what name does this street wears, so lets call it just Walking street in Palanga. Turns out, this is the first geo - tagged post from Lithuania at...
There has been some positive improvements for rise of minimum wage in all three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) in recent years. And there are more to come. In 2016 minimum wage is set to rise in all Baltic states. Estonia will have minimum wage of EUR 430; Latvia - EUR 370 and Lithuania - EUR 350. Here are my...
During last eight weeks, 12 artists and 12 songs competed in a unique separate way for the honour to represent Lithuania on stage in Vienna. Previously, it was planed that a solo entry will the Lithuanian choice, but as fate would have it, TV viewers and the professional jury chose a duet: Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila!The Lithuanian...
January 1st, 2015 is a historic day for a Baltic nation - Lithuania is changing it currency to Euro, following Latvia (2014) and Estonia (2011).Starting today - there are 19 countries in Euro zone. Here is the article I found on BBC by Zivile KropaiteSome Lithuanians fear price rises, but opinion polls point to growing optimism...
A year ago I wrote an article covering minimum wages in Baltic States. In that article I found that minimum wages for 2013/2014 were at: EUR 330 Estonia, EUR 320 Latvia and EUR 290 in Lithuania. Now - 2015 will be a special year - starting 2015 all three Baltic countries will have Euro as currency, Lithuania will adopt Euro starting...