Category Archives: Lithuania

Observatory

We visited this observatory to collect Ilona (a cousin of V’s) a few days ago. Unfortunately the car refused to start due to electrical problems and we spent a couple of hours drinking coffee and waiting in the entrance shop, didn’t get a chance to do the tour even. Looks interesting.

Observatory sign

Observatory

Observatory

Christening

A few photos of Oli’s Lithuanian christening, June 2009.

Christening1

Oli grabbing the priests book, it was either that or the candle he was trying to take, the whole event was quite interesting for him. The priest was good natured about it and mentioned that Oli might one day become a priest himself. Simonas pictured holding Oli and Jurgita are now his Godparents.

Christening2

Oli holding his christening certificate.

Christening3

Outside the church.

Christening4

Some photos taken in the garden, this one was snapped from the top of the swings. In the background is the house built by Albertas and Audrone which we stayed at for the month.

Christening5

Enjoying the lunch in Simonas and Jurgitas house.

Kids

Adomas, Oli & Simona.

King Oli

King Oli in the garden waving his shoe for his subjects. He also had a special christening spoon he particularly liked.

Cake

Can’t wait to get his hand stuck into the cake, and he did soon after… Yum!

Gruto Parkas

A theme park based on the statues recovered from the Soviet era.

You can walk around this open air park wondering at how many statues of Lenin were actually made, quite a high number I’m guessing. Also there is a restaraunt where you can order traditional soviet era cuisine and a few museums where you can view classroom settings and the like.

Gruto Parkas

Trakai 09

A family picture from in front of Trakai castle June 2009. The first visit to Lithuania for Oli, Mum & Belinda.

We had lunch at the excellent Kybynlar restaraunt and then walked around the castle pushing a pram. Trakai at one point was the capital of Lithuania and was obviously a strong defensive location for a castle being in the middle of a lake, though I’m not sure what they did in winter when the frozen lake was easy to walk on? Now Trakai is a popular tourist destination with bus loads of Polish and German tourists visiting to browse the souvenir stands which are a good place to collect trinkets made out of amber. The walk to the castle takes you over two bridges where you can rent a boat, buy wild strawberries or donate to the various buskers.

Later on we visited Gruto Parkas and got back to Vilnius for a late dinner.
Trakai 09