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Vilnius, Lithuania
Submitted by christine on 2006-12-21 02:53:25 (via www.bootsnall.com)
How much I knew about Vilnius? Not a lot. I sure didn’t know it’s the place to see the latest Mercedes Benz overtake a Zil truck up a paved street past a 40 year old trolleybus; or that its best pub it’s called The Pub; or that it’s got an imposing KGB museum. So this article is very informative, check it out; take it as a cultural experience.
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Submitted by Laurentzi on 2006-12-22 02:02:41
Not for the first time, I read about how exciting Vilnius is. What's up with this city? After all, I should visit it some day, but I'd rather go somewhere else still...
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Submitted by rasmeta on 2007-10-30 10:54:40
Firstly, it is totaly bullshit speaking about 40 years old public transport, because trolleybuses older than 20 years are unusable or even dangerous. Almost a half of trolleybuses had been changed to the new ones, so there are no trolleybus in Vilnius older than 15 years.
Secondly, speaking about leasure time, everyone chooses what he like, so You don't have to like The Pub certainly! There are plenty of bars, restaurants, clubs and active rest activities! It is only a matter of a taste..
Thirdly, Lithuania became independant 16 years ago, country entered the EU, their economy is stabilized and the most perspective from all the Baltic region countries, nobody even remembers Russia regime (only some monuments of architecture remembers about it). But all the people feel free and cosmopolitan, as a part of EU. Ofcourse Lithuania can't dissociate from influence of Russia, but their strategic priority of economy is oriented to overtaking West Eurpoean countries.
One thing I could say that toursits should take care about is their money and property, because lithuanians recognize foreigners and they can profit by foolishness of them.
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Submitted by lija on 2007-10-30 12:13:02
I agree with Rasmeta!
also 1$ is now about 2,43 litas !!!
all turist should not alow taxi drivers to require more money than it is.
cause sometimes taxi drivers say for turist to pay 10$ or 10euros, but acctually it is only 10 litas !!!
anyway, I love Lithuania! and I love my home town Vilnius!
if u are a tursit - search Hospitalityclub.org
i u will always find nice people who will show u around the city - i am one of them and many of my friens also!
find my on myspace :)
Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-10-30 11:01:18
Well, I'm studying and living in Vilnius at the moment and I should say - it's the most beautiful city in Lithuania. I haven't had an opportunity to visit all the night clubs or bars yet, but the variety of them is quite big. I prefer 'Artistai' or 'Bix'. Having in mind that Vilnius is going to be the capital of culture in 2009, lots of interesting events take place here: concerts, plays and other performances.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-10-30 11:56:11
Actually, Vilnius isn't so bad!!!lithuania is rich for her cultural heritage, there are a lot of churches, cathedrals, castels, also there are a lot of museims, and in vilnius is Gedymin's tower.so for touristes it would be very useful. what about bars, pubs, there are also a lot of them, and people are right when they dont like The Pub, cos the best place is Cozy, bar where u feel like home. Lithuania is rich for nature, there is so beautiful, and this fresh air.
I like Vilnius, i like Lithuania in general. What i can say more...this place for amateurs of culture..
P.S. this old troleybus doesnt carry out his first function, now people order it for weddings, parties and so on..
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Submitted by e. on 2007-10-30 13:16:03
I read an article and I think it was written few years ago. The situation has changed a bit.
The taxi is always expensive if you take the cab from the street. It doesn't matter who you are - lithuanian or a tourist. The normal (low) prize to get from airport to the center of city is about 20 litas.
Speaking about eating up, I would reccomend another restaurant on the Vokieciu street - "Cili kaimas" which is probably the most popular traditional lithuanian food reataurant in the country. I know that tourists love this place and I believe the restaurant has a menu in english.:) "Amatininku uzeiga" is not that attractive.
The night life in Vilnius is really very lively and here's a website where you can find the event agenda: http://www.djscene.lt/event?lang=en
I reccomend visiting "Gravity" club.
I don't think that "The Pub" is the best place to spend an evening. I pefer "Cozy" or "Briusly" which are located on the same (Dominikoku) street.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-10-30 17:04:19
Though the story writen a few or more years earlyer (because now the dollar cost 2,5 litas) I'm quite pleased to read such a story of a foreigner about the city I was born in :) We often have friends coming to stay in Vilnius from England - they love it.
The history is a part of us all, nowadays young lithuanians would like to forget about Russia but there are still a lot of old people thinking that it would be better for us to stay in Russia...anyway Russia has changed a lot since and hope that it is in the past forever.
Lithuania is a small country, it is developing fast but still keeping something individual.

Gues at that time when this story was writen we still had old troleybuses, I can still perfectly remember them :)
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-10-31 06:25:10
travel.lt is a good site giving you all the main and helpful information.

If it's summer, I would recommend to visit Trakai. This town is near Vilnius and it would take about half an hour to get there by train (~6 litas). There is a powerful castle in Galvė lake, and the Opera House puts on performances there (just in summer). There also are different kinds of entertainment: going swimming, boating, going on pedal boats, yachting or going in a steamer in the lake, as well as horse riding.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-10-31 08:45:46
This article is probably written long time ago. Many things have changed.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-10-31 13:51:15
i was born in Vilnius, i'm living here all my life, i'm studying here and i'm gonna really stay in Vilnius coz it's a growing, beautiful, friendly place for everyone. (of course as the whole Lithuania hehe:)) And there is one thing i really hate: when sometimes i hear rumours from foreigners about my country. people in some parts of the world think that Soviet Union is still existing, that Lithuania doesn't have its own language, only russian, people are straving here, or that we eat dead horses on the street (yeah while riding a 30years trolleybus:D:D). everythings changed now. and not only in vilnius, other cities too. because we joined EU few years ago, we are climbing step by step up the hill. of course its quite difficult period now: before going up we have deal with getting down a bit. economics, i dont know:) but no ones dying yet. if talking about tourism i can guarantee that you wouldn't be dissapointed. maybe we dont have any mountains, waterfalls, jungle or so on, but we have a wonderful history full of culture goodness, music, art, calmness. oh what a nature during all the year, hot or cold, sun or snow, its relaxing. here nature is adorable because its simple to understand. you just go and lie on the old lithuanian ground while smelling its long hard and finally free way aroma.

i dont actually like bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants or whatever, but everyone can find anything they like, Vilnius is full of offers, starting with museums and finishing with a sightseeing to the basements of cathedral :)
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-10-31 14:00:54
Well, I think enought said about Vilnius. Nice and wonderfull city, bla bla bla... I'd like to add just one more thing that isn't mentioned and tourists are attracted to it. It is The Magic Quarry Tile in Cathedral Square. It grands wishes, well at least 1 wish for sure, because my 2nd wish hasn't come true, yet... :) You can read more about it here: http://www.vilnius-tourism.lt/index.php/en/47379/
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-03-25 09:40:12
Vilnius is a fascinating city, a mixture of a one of the largest surviving medieval cores with nineteenth-century apartment blocks, with some Stalinist "international" buildings and some places (even near the center) that have crumbled to rubble. It also has (apologies if this offends) the most beautiful women that I have seen anywhere -- at times, I thought that there must be a modelling convention in town... One thing that is not nice about the city is Lithuanian cuisine, which, like just about any Eastern-European cuisine, is just awful. Other than that, though, Vilnius is a _great_ place to visit, and I recommend it, as prices are still very low (though rising).
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-03-28 08:07:33
Here you can find more information on Vilnius and Lithuania in general: www.way2lithuania.com
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-10-13 07:34:08
Well most of people are friendly, you will easily get directions if you get lost
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