The Amateur Traveler talks to Katie Aune from KatieGoingGlobal.com about her recent trip to Lithuania. Katie visited Lithuania as part of a year traveling through countries that were part of the former U.S.S.R. She spent much of her time in and around Vilnius, the capital. She visited in the Winter so did not get a chance to visit many of the countries 4,000 lakes.
Vilnius has one of the largest old towns in Europe. This small Baltic state was an important power in the 1300s as the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which stretched all the way from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea.
The tourism office of Vilnius has a audio guide you can rent that includes 70 different sites in the city. You can also get an museum card to get into a large number of the sites. Katie recommends some of the sites like museum of genocide and the Jewish Ghetto.
“I was surprised at how western it felt. People think of Lithuani and the other Baltic states as former Baltic states but the whole time they were part of the Solviet Union they felt they were being occupied by the Solviets. I didn’t really feel like I was in Eastern Europe.”
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