If you didn’t see my previous post, I am giving a bit of a country play by play on our European family vacation. Read the post below for the Northern Italy portion.
Scott and I and his parents left Milan a couple of days earlier than the rest of my family. We flew to Vilnius, Lithuania to visit the birthplace of Scott’s great grandparents. We stayed in the Old Town of Vilnius, right in the heart of the city. It was a truly beautiful city. We found it easy to find our way around town, walking most of the time we were there. Lucky for us there was a festival happening right around the corner from our hotel so we got to see some traditional dress and heard a ton of songs. Also, vendors were selling their wares and food around the festival. On our first day, the weather was gorgeous and we logged a ton of miles checking out museums, castles and a lot of churches. I can’t remember the exact number of churches in Vilnius but I think it was like 62. The second full day we had, the weather wasn’t so nice and it rained most of the day. We decided to fight the weather and take the train out-of-town to visit Trakai. I didn’t take any pics here because of sideways blowing rains. We toured an old castle out on an island at the end of town.
Scott and I were really not sure what to expect when we arrived in Vilnius. Because it was once a Soviet occupied country, we weren’t completely sure what we were getting into and we were more than pleasantly surprised. The architecture was beautiful, the people friendly and with little or no crime, it was easy to walk the city streets until late in the evening. Here are a few of the pictures of our first day.
Beetroot soup. A traditional cold soup that we saw on many menus.
Zeppelins. Another traditional dish. A whole potato with meat on the inside. The consensus was that it sort of tasted like a Kolinski family dish, Lithuanian Kugelis.
Tomorrow….Budapest, Hungary. In Budapest, we ate well, drank lots of yummy beer and wine and saw some amazing things.